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Resources: 2.3 Assessing the Problem

Evaluation & Assessment Tools

  • Examining SafetyNet: Understanding the Need for a Child Sex Trafficking Database and Interagency and Collaboration The study, conducted by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 2015, examines the use of SafetyNet, a collaborative database that tracks CSEC in Alameda County, California. The study argues that a collaboration through a central database enhances victim services, relationship building, and accuracy of victim data. The paper further recommends that counties require data sharing from law enforcement, social services, and the district attorney’s office.
  • Guide To Protecting Human Subjects (2010)  Part of OVC’s Technical Assistance Guide Series, this guide provides basic information about the federal regulations that protect the privacy and confidentiality of persons involved in research (i.e., human subjects) and explains how they pertain to your needs assessment or program evaluation.
  • The National Fusion Center Association These centers analyze information and identify trends to share timely intelligence with federal, state, and local law enforcement, including the Department of Homeland Security, which then further shares this information with other members of the intelligence community.
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Operated by Polaris, NHTRC is a national toll free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Call 1–888–373–7888. NHTRC is available for reporting tips, connecting with local service providers, as well as various anti-trafficking resources and tools.
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading nonprofit organization in the United States working with law enforcement, families, and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline, and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States.

Needs Assessment Guides

  • Creating a Human Trafficking Strategic Plan to Protect and Heal Native Children and Youth
    This fillable worksheet, from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts, walks through several questions that assess the needs and abilities of a community to address child victims of human trafficking in the Native American community.
  • Guide to Conducting a Needs Assessment (2010) Developed as part of the OVC Technical Assistance Guide Series, this guide details how to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of one’s community, target populations, and the services available to them. It also provides guidance on using the results of the needs assessment to further develop, refine, and implement a program.
  • Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims (2003) This document reports the findings from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) National Needs Assessment of Service Providers and Trafficking Victims. The needs assessment was designed to answer the questions of what services exist for trafficking victims, how responsive these services are to victims, what barriers there are to providing services, and what assistance/support service providers need to serve trafficking victims.