January | February 2019

January: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

On December 31, 2018, President Donald Trump proclaimed January as National Human Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month to raise awareness about and stop the scourge of human trafficking, including the exploitation of children and youth.

left quoteWe must actively work to prevent and end this barbaric exploitation of innocent victims. . . . During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we pledge to continue the battle to abolish modern slavery and restore the lives of those affected by human trafficking. right quote

—President Donald J. Trump

OJJDP has a longstanding commitment to addressing the commercial sexual exploitation of children. OJJDP’s Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking initiative is increasing the availability of direct support services for children and youth who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, facilitating outreach efforts, and developing the capacity of organizations to mentor this vulnerable population.

OJJDP funded the Youth Collaboratory's development of an online toolkit for youth service providers that includes modules on victim-led and survivor-led practices, human trafficking legislation, trauma-informed mentoring, and positive youth development.

With OJJDP support, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has established the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking to help judicial officers better understand the dynamics of domestic child sex trafficking, the applicable laws and legal considerations involving trafficking victims, how to identify trafficked and at-risk children, and how to connect these youth to appropriate services.

CyberTipline logoIn 1998, OJJDP established the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program, which operates a national network of 61 multiagency, multijurisdictional task forces engaged in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation. ICAC task force investigations have led to more than 91,000 arrests.

OJJDP provides major funding to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), which serves as an information clearinghouse and resource for those who are searching for missing children and working to address child victimization and sexual exploitation. The center operates a 24-hour toll-free Missing Children’s Hotline and a CyberTipline. In 2017, NCMEC responded to more than 10,000 reports regarding possible cases of child sex trafficking.

With OJJDP funding, the AMBER Alert program offers, among other resources, training for law enforcement personnel to improve responses to missing, endangered, and abducted children and the development of resources specifically for Indian country. For more information on the program, read the article “OJJDP Observes AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

More information about these and other OJJDP initiatives to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children is available on the Office’s website.


OJJDP’s online Model Programs Guide provides information about programs to help children exposed to violence and victimization.

Access a comprehensive list of services for trafficking survivors on the OJJDP website.

The Department of Justice's Human Trafficking online resource outlines the department's efforts to combat human trafficking. It includes the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking report, which describes plans to enhance coordination within the department to stop human trafficking.