Children and youth who may be disconnected from their family, including those in foster care, are often more vulnerable to trafficking. Below are resources that can be used by child welfare and related professionals to protect young people and educate your community.
15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking
U.S. Department of State
Provides ideas for combating human trafficking for the general public, as well as ideas specific to businesses, students, health-care providers, journalists, and attorneys.
2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe and Families Strong in Supportive Communities (PDF - 2,427 KB)
Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway & FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2017)
Supports community-based child abuse prevention professionals and others who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being. The guide offers information about protective factors and strategies to build community awareness and support the development of broad-based, meaningful community partnerships. It includes a section on the Human Trafficking of Children and tip sheets for parents in English and Spanish:
- Human Trafficking: Protecting Our Youth (PDF - 53 KB)
- La trata de personas: cómo proteger a nuestros jóvenes (PDF - 62 KB)
Provides resources and information on how Love146 has been helping to develop the movement to end child trafficking through a variety of effective solutions, such as prevention education in the United States and survivor care.
Native Youth Toolkit on Human Trafficking: Combating Trafficking
Administration for Children and Families (2017)
Provides resources for Native American children and youth in order to increase their capacity to recognize and respond to human trafficking.
Prevention Education & Solutions
My Life My Choice (2016)
Discusses a 10-session group curriculum aimed to empower girls between the ages of 12 and 18 to defend themselves against child sex trafficking, build their self-esteem, learn to identify and avoid recruitment tactics, as well as provide supports and resources to help exit the life of child sexual exploitation.
Staying Safe: Tips for LGBTQ Youth for How to Protect Yourself and Your Community From Human Trafficking
Discusses risk factors and warning signs that enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to recognize and respond to signs of human trafficking.
Find more resources about identifying human trafficking through Child Welfare Information Gateway's Library by choosing a topic below. Search results are updated continually and include documents from 2012 to the present.