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), Volunteer Mentoring Services (VM) standards, Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services (HSCL), and Outreach Services (OS) 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   ElementEffective Date
ASE 6.06                          Added Standard                       Aug 03, 2012

Family Foster Care and Kinship Care Services (FKC)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
FKC                          Research Note                       Sep 25, 2013 
FKC 3                              Research NoteSep 25, 2013
FKC 4.01                          InterpretationSep 25, 2013
FKC 6.02                          InterpretationSep 25, 2013
FKC 7.02                          InterpretationSep 25, 2013
FKC 12.07                          Research NoteSep 25, 2013
FKC 16.01                          InterpretationSep 25, 2013

Group Living Services (GLS)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
GLS                          Research Note                       June 18, 2014 
GLS 3                              InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 3.02                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 3.05                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 4.02                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 4.05                          Research NoteJune 18, 2014
GLS 5.02                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 8.02                          Research NoteJune 18, 2014
GLS 13.02                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
GLS 16.03                           Research NoteJune 18, 2014
GLS 19.04                          StandardJune 18, 2014

Shelter Services (SH)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
SH                          Revised Standard                       Mar 20, 2013 
SH 2.04                              Revised StandardMar 20, 2013
SH 3.03                          Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 8                          Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 9.01                          Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 9.04                          Revised StandardMar 20, 2013
SH 10                          Added Research NoteMar 20, 2013
SH 10.03                          Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 11.04                          Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 12.03                           Added InterpretationMar 20, 2013
SH 12.04                          Added Research NoteMar 20, 2013
SH 13.02                          Revised StandardMar 20, 2013
SH 13.03                          Revised StandardMar 20, 2013

Residential Treatment Services (RTX)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
RTX                          Research Note                       June 18, 2014 
RTX 3                              InterpretationJune 18, 2014
RTX 3.01                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
RTX 3.05                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
RTX 4.03                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
RTX 4.07                          Research NoteJune 18, 2014
RTX 5.04                          InterpretationJune 18, 2014
RTX 8.01                          Research NoteJune 18, 2014
RTX 9.02                          Added Research NoteJune 18, 2014
RTX 19.03                           Research NoteJune 18, 2014
RTX 22.03                          StandardJune 18, 2014

Mentoring Services (MS)

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

Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services (HSCL)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
HSCL                          Research Notes                            July 17, 2017 
HSCL 4.02                              Research Note and InterpretationJuly 17, 2017
HSCL 6.04                          Added InterpretationJuly 17, 2017
HSCL 6.06                          Added InterpretationJuly 17, 2017
HSCL 11.03                          Revised InterpretationJuly 17, 2017

Outreach Services (OS)

Standard   ElementEffective Date
OS 7.03                          Revised Standard                       July 17, 2017 

 

 

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Private Organization Accreditation

HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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Volunteer Roles: Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

My first experience with COA was in 1999 with what was a NC Area Program. I started as a peer reviewer in 2005, doing two to four site visits a year. I am also a team leader and have recently been approved to be a military reviewer.
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