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About the ACS Office of Child Trafficking Prevention & Policy

The ACS Office of Child Trafficking Prevention & Policy works to raise awareness of trafficking and helps to identify appropriate services available to help youth at-risk and victims of commercial sexual exploitation and their families. In 2013, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) allocated a grant to New York City and other counties to support services mandated by the Safe Harbor Act of 2008

The Office:

  • Manages the annual New York State Safe Harbor grant and collaborates with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and specialized providers to provide a continuum of services to support trafficked youth.
  • Maintains the Child Trafficking e-mail mailbox, which ACS staff and contract and provider agency staff can use to make a notification of a potential trafficking case and request assistance concerning youth suspected to be, or confirmed as trafficked.
  • Responds to inquiries, provides technical assistance, provides advice for service planning conferences, suggests resources, lends assistance during law enforcement recovery operations.
  • Gathers data and prepares reports
  • Provides and facilitates training.
  • Works cooperatively with ACS program areas to develop policies and procedures for best practice work with trafficked youth.