Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative

Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative

Today in the United States, it is estimated that 100,000 children annually are being lured into the commercial sex industry and sold for profit. While service providers often have the best access to the most at-risk and victimized youth in our communities, a lack of understanding of this issue coupled with inadequate training impedes the identification of exploited children.

In collaboration with a group of national experts, COA is working to address the issue of human trafficking by educating the public about important practices related to prevention, identification, training and response and by incorporating corresponding information into the Administrative and Service Environment (ASE), Family Foster Care and Kinship Care Services (FKC), Group Living Services (GLS), Residential Treatment Services (RTX), Shelter Services (SH), and Volunteer Mentoring Services (VM) standards.

A list of resources related to victim identification, relevant legislation, and other tools can be accessed through COA’s Human Trafficking Reference List. See also COA's pre-recorded human trafficking webinar, available via our Events and Trainings search.

Malika Saada Saar: Human Trafficking

Malika Saada Saar, Former Executive Director, Human Rights Project for Girls has dedicated her life to protecting and advocating for the human rights of women and girls. To accompany her powerful message during her COACon16 Keynote Speech, the following workshops (click the title to access materials) provide education and prevention strategies related to human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and youth. 

Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the US: A Prevention Perspective (D7)

Engaging and Empowering Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (E6)

Trafficking Standards

Administrative and Service Environment (ASE)

Standard Update Effective Date
ASE 6.06 Added Standard Aug 03, 2012

Family Foster Care and Kinship Care Services (FKC)

Standard Element Effective Date
FKC Research Note Sep 25, 2013
FKC 3 Research Note Sep 25, 2013
FKC 4.01 Interpretation Sep 25, 2013
FKC 6.02 Interpretation Sep 25, 2013
FKC 7.02 Interpretation Sep 25, 2013
FKC 12.07 Research Note Sep 25, 2013
FKC 16.01 Interpretation Sep 25, 2013

Group Living Services (GLS)

Standard Element Effective Date
GLS Research Note June 18, 2014
GLS 3 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 3.02 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 3.05 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 4.02 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 4.05 Research Note June 18, 2014
GLS 5.02 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 8.02 Research Note June 18, 2014
GLS 13.02 Interpretation June 18, 2014
GLS 16.03 Research Note June 18, 2014
GLS 19.04 Standard June 18, 2014

Residential Treatment Services (RTX)

Standard Update Effective Date
RTX Research Note June 18, 2014
RTX 3 Interpretation June 18, 2014
RTX 3.01 Interpretation June 18, 2014
RTX 3.05 Interpretation June 18, 2014
RTX 4.03 Interpretation June 18, 2014
RTX 4.07 Research Note June 18, 2014
RTX 5.04 Interpretation June 18, 2014
RTX 8.01 Research Note June 18, 2014
RTX 9.02 Added Research Note June 18, 2014
RTX 19.03 Research Note June 18, 2014
RTX 22.03 Standard June 18, 2014

Shelter Services (SH)

Standard Update Effective Date
SH Revised Standard Mar 20, 2013
SH 2.04 Revised Standard Mar 20, 2013
SH 3.03 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 8 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 9.01 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 9.04 Revised Standard Mar 20, 2013
SH 10 Added Research Note Mar 20, 2013
SH 10.03 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 11.04 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 12.03 Added Interpretation Mar 20, 2013
SH 12.04 Added Research Note Mar 20, 2013
SH 13.02 Revised Standard Mar 20, 2013
SH 13.03 Revised Standard Mar 20, 2013

Mentoring Services (MS)

Standard Update Effective Date
MS 2.01 Added Research Note and Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 4.01 Added Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 5.03 Added Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 6.02 Added Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 7.03 Revised Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 8.02 Added Interpretation Sept 17, 2015
MS 9.02 Added Interpretation Sept 17, 2015

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Jane Bonk, Ph.D., LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Dr. Jane Bonk is a team leader, evaluator, and commissioner who has led over 25 site visits for COA.
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