Office of Children and Family Services

Other Initiatives

OCFS is engaged in a number of initiatives, campaigns, and collaborations to address human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. A sampling of these efforts are described here.

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New York State's Interagency Task Force Against Human Trafficking (ITF)

Human trafficking is a difficult crime to detect, largely because victims are hidden from public view and the means used by traffickers are many times subtle. To ensure that law enforcement agencies and social service organizations are getting the training and education they need to facilitate coordinated implementation of the law, New York State created the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking.

The Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking is co-chaired by the Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Other state agencies on the Task Force are:

The Task Force's goals are to:

  • Recommend interagency protocols and best practices for training and outreach to the law enforcement community and to service providers
  • Gather data on the number of victims and the effectiveness of the new law
  • Evaluate approaches to increase public awareness about trafficking and make recommendations on those approaches

Publications

ITF Youth Subcommittee

Formed in 2106, the Youth Subcommittee of the ITF is co-chaired by the Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Together, partners on this subcommittee work to support the efforts of the ITF with a focus on children, youth, and families. For more information about the ITF Youth Subcommittee please contact humantrafficking@ocfs.ny.gov.

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