WHAT NN4Y IS DOING TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
1. Focusing on Prevention
The pathways to sex and labor trafficking are similar to the pathways to homelessness for young people- marked by trauma, systems involvement, and being in vulnerable situations. Focusing on the youth most likely to experience trafficking and homelessness can genuinely address these dual crises. Learn more about the pathways and experiences that lead some youth to be more likely to experience homelessness and/or trafficking.
Youth who have been trafficked – sex, labor, or both – don’t often disclose this when they show up to a community-based youth program for services. Many youth providers only find out a young person is a survivor of trafficking months after they are in the program. This demonstrates the need for an open door approach to serving youth. This approach, coupled with bold investments, would dramatically reduce the prevalence and long-term consequences of youth homelessness and human trafficking. To advance this strategy:
Congress should swiftly pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) into law. The only federal program targeted at identifying and serving youth and young adults experiencing any form of homelessness and trafficking. Providing comprehensive services and housing options to youth who need it removes youth from situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking and increases communities’ capacity to serve survivors of trafficking. Read all of our recommendations, Responding to Youth Homelessness: A Key Strategy for Preventing Human Trafficking.
3. Training of Youth-Serving Agencies
We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with the McCain Institute for International Leadership to offer our Certificate on Human Trafficking training as an online certificate program through Arizona State University.
Offered in two sequenced courses, the online Certificate program ensures learners understand the fundamentals of human trafficking and know how to prevent and respond to potential cases of trafficking or exploitation. After the program, learners will be better equipped to screen youth for indicators of trafficking, recognize the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress, and support youth who have experienced trafficking, including connecting them to the appropriate services.
Learners are eligible for continuing education credits through the National Association of Social Workers upon completion of each course. For more information and enrollment, options visit courses.cpe.asu.edu.