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