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VI. U.S Government Resources

Department of Justice Resources:

  • Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section: This is the Department of Justice’s webpage on the branch responsible for combating child trafficking; Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), which provides attorneys to trafficked children to assist with advice on child victim witness issues. CEOS also works with the FBI, US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to combat the exploitation of children across even the new method of cyberspace. On the international level, the CEOS is helping set up policies regarding women and child trafficking.
  • Report of the Attorney General: Located here are the reports from 2003 through 2007 in the efforts by the government to combat human trafficking as a whole.

Department of Labor Resources:

  • The OFCT: Office of Forced labor, Child labor and Human Trafficking works in conjunction with the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs to fund and oversee cooperative agreements and contracts to organizations devoted in their efforts to eradicate the use of child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. This office also works to develop and implement U.S. government policy on these issues at the international level.

Department of Health and Human Service:

  • Administration for Children and Families: This program establishes that under state law, children who are victims of trafficking, those who seek asylum, entrants and refugees have the same range of assistance available to them as do foster care children in the state. The overall goal of the program is to allow these children to gain the necessary skills to enter adulthood and to achieve social self-dependency. Another option that is encouraged for these children through the program is the help of locating their parents or other appropriate adult relatives.

Report to Congress:

  • U.S. and International Response – A 2003 report to Congress regarding what the United States and the International community have done to respond to the pressing issue of women and child trafficking. The report outlines regional trends where a vast majority of trafficking takes place and what specific measures the United States, in conjunction with countries in these regions, are doing in order to curve these trends.

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