Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States (2013) This resource examines commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States under age 18. The report recommends increased awareness and understanding, strengthening of the law's response, strengthening of research to advance understanding and to support the development of prevention and intervention strategies, support for multi-sector and interagency collaboration, and creation of a digital information-sharing platform.
Guide for State Courts in Cases Involving Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (2015) This guide, a collaboration from the Center for Public Policy Studies and the National Center for State Courts, aims to increase understanding of federal immigration laws and unaccompanied immigrant children in state courts. The guide focuses on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status as one of the options for unaccompanied minors.
Children on the Run (2013)As the number of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras increase, there has been an increasing demand for information on why the increase is occurring, under what conditions, and best practices for law enforcement and states to handle the surge. This report documents data, trends, and analyses best practices.
Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997 (PDF 3,892 KB) After two organizations filed class action suits against the Immigration and Naturalization Services for the detention, treatment, and release of unaccompanied immigrant children, the Flores Settlement imposed several obligations on the immigration authorities.
Care for Trafficked Children (2006) This document, compiled from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' victim assistance program, discusses best practices in caring for trafficked children.
Outcome Measurement System The National Children's Alliance Outcome Measurement System conducts surveys of nonoffending parents/caregivers in child abuse cases and multidisciplinary team members to determine the strengths of Child Advocacy Center (CAC) services, as well as gaps. CACs may have a key role in identifying and assisting victims of trafficking.
Trying for a New Life: Trafficking Victims in Maternity Group Homes Young women who were trafficked are a regular presence at maternity group homes. Their trauma and its effects can pose obstacles to a program’s effectiveness, and also make these young women feel unworthy of motherhood. But a child can also be very motivating for trafficking victims, provided that treatment helps them overcome their emotional trauma.
Male Victims of Trafficking
And Boys Too [PDF] (2013) This is an ECPAT-USA discussion paper about the lack of recognition of the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States.
“I Keep That Hush-Hush”: Male Survivors of sexual Abuse and the Challenges of Disclosure (2008) Male victims of childhood sexual abuse have not yet garnered the same amount of attention from researchers as their female counter parts. In most cases, disclosure is critical to securing treatment and/or early intervention. Understanding men’s disclosure experiences, including any barriers that may have been encountered, is a vital step toward alleviating male survivors’ considerable, if often silent, suffering.
Toward Equity (2015) The Equity Project’s training curriculum provides instructors with an outline for promoting competency and awareness in working with the LGBTQ community in the juvenile justice system. Lessons cover sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Building Relationships With Transgender Individuals (2014) This article, from the December issue of Police Chief Magazine, provides statistics on violence experienced by the transgender community and the need for building relationships with transgender advocacy and community groups in order to increase reporting and collaboration from transgender victims of crime. The article recommends strategies for building rapport.
Serving LGBTQ Survivors of Violence This training offered by OVC TTAC provides victim advocates and allied professionals with knowledge and skills needed to effectively support and work with LGBTQ-identified people, communities, and survivors, and translate the knowledge and skills into a defined action plan for themselves and their agencies. The training will help participants strengthen their knowledge of the obstacles LGBTQ people experience in seeking victim services and explore how best to overcome or alleviate these obstacles. At the conclusion of the training, it is expected that victim service providers and allied professionals will be better able to serve LGBTQ victims of crime more effectively.
Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault Developed by OVC, this online guide was designed to help educate those who respond to sexual assault victims about what it means to be transgender and how to provide these victims with appropriate, accessible care. The guide presents a wide array of information in a user-friendly electronic format that allows practitioners to pick and choose the information that is most useful to them, from basic information about the transgender experience to specific guidance for sexual assault service providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, medical and mental health care providers, and support group facilitators. It includes practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, such as preferred language terms and transgender 101.
The Homeless LGBT Experience (Episode 1) describes the importance of being "present" for youth and helping youth see their own strengths and resources. In it, youth talk about being rejected by their families because of their LGBTQ identity and having to leave home as a result.
Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities This 3-day training offered by OVC TTAC is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, participants examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities you will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.
Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities (2001) Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 28 No. 6 655-694. The author offers several conceptual models to explain differential victimization risk, including routine activities theory, dependency-stress model, cultural stereotyping, and victim-learned compliance. This article summarizes the research evidence on crimes against children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is divided into four sections. The first section describes the nature and extent of crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities. The second reviews the literature on risk factors associated with victimization. The third discusses the manner in which justice agencies respond to these crimes. The final section enumerates what research and policy initiatives might address the problem.
"Laws in Your State" This chart summarizes mandatory reporters by state for elders and those with a disability.
A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives This video series discusses how domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking impact the Alaska Native community, and considers cultural and geographic factors. The series also highlights programs that assist survivors within these communities.