Child Sex Trafficking - Recover
Because of the lack of specialized services, child sex trafficking victims are often detained in juvenile detention facilities (or in adult jail for victims 17 years old and up) to protect them from further exploitation.
To ensure that victims are recognized as victims and are treated with trauma informed services, CSTT is building the capacity of existing systems and providing funding and technical assistance to develop drop-in centers, emergency assessment centers and placements, and personal advocates who can provide crisis intervention, ongoing case management and a healthy, supportive relationship for survivors.
CSTT is also developing local Care Coordination Teams made up of law enforcement, juvenile justice, child protection, and medical and community services. These multi-disciplinary teams will ensure that the response to an identified victim will be child centered, trauma informed and coordinated for maximum effect and support for the child.
CSTT further supports recovery by:
- Enhancing the National Human Trafficking Hotline to help with timely recovery of victims and effective referrals;
- Developing specialized emergency placements and services for recovered children and when appropriate, their families;
- Training and equipping all stakeholders to provide victim centered, trauma informed responses.
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
- Texas Abuse Hotline
- Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
- Shared Hope Protective Response Model
Programs Supported by Grants from the Office of the Governor
Care Coordination Agencies
Care Coordinators convene and facilitate multi-disciplinary care coordination teams that plan and deliver services for child sex trafficking survivors in the short and long-term. CSTT has helped local communities build care coordination teams in Texas’ largest urban areas and is working with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to develop them throughout the state.
- Harris County Protective Services
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- Alliance for Children of Tarrant County
- ChildSafe of San Antonio
Specialized Child Sex Trafficking Advocacy Programs
Advocates provide support for law enforcement operations and immediate crisis management, supportive trust-based relationships, and long term case management for survivors.
These programs provide for immediate needs, including safety planning, crisis counseling, and opportunities for engagement in services for youth who are likely victims of sex trafficking.