Washington, D.C. – Partnering to Counter Trafficking in Persons

In June, NCSC served as part of a consortium in the coordination of the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare, co-hosted by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  The purpose of this Convening was to bring courts and agencies together and to provide resources and tools to enhance coordination, collaboration, and capacity to prevent and respond to child trafficking under new mandates in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014.

The event brought together representatives from a number of U.S. States that have a role in preventing and countering trafficking in persons. Attendees included representatives from Court Improvement Program (CIP) teams across the U.S., including judges, child welfare directors and representatives from law enforcement.  The event served as a “kick-off” and is only the beginning of the work to ensure that the Act meets its objectives.

Alicia Davis, NCSC Principal Court Management Consultant, participated in the event as a representative of the Capacity Building Center for Courts, a collaboration of the American Bar Association, NCSC and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  The partnership works to support improved child safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for families by ensuring that courts work in partnership with child welfare agencies to best serve children and families. 

NCSC is committed to working in collaboration to establish cross-sector partnerships and information-sharing initiatives that strengthen efforts to counter trafficking in persons (TIP) in the U.S. and internationally.  NCSC will continue to support our partners, including Federal government stakeholders in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice and the Department of State to ensure that TIP resources are directed appropriately and achieve the desired impact.

 

National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare
at the White House (whitehouse.gov)