Question: What is the total number of human trafficking victims worldwide?
Answer: Although it is difficult to measure the magnitude of human trafficking, the International Labour Organization estimates that more than 20 million men, women, and children are victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide, including the United States.
Several National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-sponsored studies provide interesting data on human trafficking within the United States.
Question: Please describe what OVC means by “comprehensive services.” Does my organization need to be able to provide all of these services in-house to receive funding?
Answer: Comprehensive services ensure that victims have support in accessing a variety of services, coordinated across multiple systems. OVC ensures the provision of “wraparound services” that meet victims where they are and helps victims express their choices while working through the trauma of the situation and interacting with the necessary local and federal partners. Services should be provided either in-house or through project partners.
Question: We want to develop an anti-human trafficking task force in our region. Where do we start?
Answer: Begin by reviewing the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide, an online guide that provides practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of anti-human trafficking task forces, along with recent case examples. It includes strategies for strengthening multidisciplinary collaboration and enhancing victim identification as well as strategies for victim-centered investigation and prosecution. The e-Guide is regularly updated with new tools, trainings, resources, and more case examples. The e-Guide is the result of a partnership between the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).