This fact sheet provides the latest research and information about how many youth experienced homelessness are also trafficked and highlights some of the key factors that make these young people vulnerable.
It is essential that the local agencies to which families and youth are most closely connected - including early childhood programs, schools, and other community agencies - are able to immediately meet the emergency needs of all families and youth experiencing homelessness (especially those who are ineligible or unserved by other systems).
The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) of 2019 (H.R. 5191/S. 2916) needs to be reintroduced in the 117th Congress and would enact critical changes that would increase young people’s ability to access pathways to independence, socioeconomic mobility, and success.