I am pleased to announce the official release of the National Colloquium 2012 Final Report: An Inventory and Evaluation of the Current Shelter and Services Response to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
Read the report.
This 248 page report captures a wealth of perspectives from over 100 provider, survivor, government, advocacy and funding experts on emerging trends and barriers encountered in attempting to secure restorative shelter and services for juvenile sex trafficking victims and survivors. The report represents a compilation of input from the following sources:
- Dialogue recorded during the National Colloquium: Shelter and Services Evaluation for Action hosted on November 30, 2012 in partnership with ECPAT, and the Protection Project at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
- A Congressional Briefing: Identifying Sustainable Solutions for Shelter and Restorative Care for Victims of DMST in coordination with the Congressional Caucus for Victims' Rights and the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
- Responses from three comprehensive, corresponding National Surveys.
Five key areas were examined through survey distribution and National Colloquium discussion and a list of 26 recommendations were made in the following areas:
1. Placement and Services for Identified Youth
2. Licensing and Maintaining Shelter and Programs
3. Identifying Sustainable Resources
4. Programmatic/Therapeutic Response
5. Safety and Security
The report contains over 100 pages of survey analysis, including a summary of the 93 question National Provider Survey completed by over 40 providers across the country, the National Survivor Survey--a survivor led and implemented survey completed by 33 domestic sex trafficking survivors, and a summary of the National Advocate and Funder Survey. The report also includes three complete, unedited U.S. Government Agency Reports.
This National Colloquium Report is intended to provide a snapshot of the current status of shelter and services delivery to support and guide the direction forward, properly protecting and serving America's trafficked youth. As a friend and partner in this fight we hope you will find this report a stepping stone towards future progress in this field by creating a platform for dialogue and action.