Human Trafficking and CACs

In 2012, Governor Kasich’s Human Trafficking Task Force recommended a coordinated effort to identify a statewide provider network to serve as the first response system for minor victims of human trafficking. ONCAC was selected as that first response system and was issued a two-year grant by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  Due to the successes in those initial two years, ONCAC was issued a continuation of that grant that remains to this day.

Since the beginning of this assignment, CACs have identified and served 251 children and young adults as survivors of human trafficking.

Assigning these duties to Ohio’s child advocacy centers is logical as they are already the one-stop, victim- focused centers for the assessment, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and the trafficking of minors, whether for sex or labor purposes, is child abuse.

With the funds provided to 26 of Ohio’s CACs, the centers were able to:

  • Train multi-disciplinary teams on the identification, investigation, and treatment of human trafficking;
  • Provide wrap-around and trauma-informed services to minor victims of human trafficking;
  • Develop and identify important community resources to support in the long-terms health and recovery of child victims;
  • Provide training and education to the general community so they are better able to identify and report suspected trafficking;
  • Partner with statewide agencies to revise the human trafficking response protocol for minors; and,
  • Link each children’s advocacy center with the regional Ohio Network of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions.

Ohio CACs are helping to combat human trafficking in our state.

For more information about Ohio’s efforts, check out the Ohio Human Trafficking Task 2017 Report.