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Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Domestic Children and Youth in the United States

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $1,472,282)

Using OJJDP funds, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science (NAS) will examine the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children in the United States through the commission of a committee of experts who will perform a literature search, host workshops, and conduct site visits in order to draw conclusions about the scope and severity of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and sex trafficking of children in the United States. The committee will examine the role of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, human services, health care, and law enforcement in determining the causes and consequences of CSEC and sex trafficking, as well as efforts to prevent CSEC and sex trafficking and to intervene with victims and offenders. The committee will examine lessons from international, national, state, and local advocacy efforts that contribute to successful intervention and prevention strategies and the adequacy of current state and federal laws for addressing the CSEC and sex trafficking of domestic minors.

Upon conclusion of the study, the NAS will recommend strategies to respond to CSEC and sex trafficking of domestic minors, relevant and necessary legislative approaches, and a research agenda to guide future studies in this field. The NAS will prepare a final report that summarizes the research review and offer findings, conclusions, and recommendations. (NCF/NCA)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council will develop and coordinate communications and dissemination activities based upon the final report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. These activities will include print and electronic materials and meetings and briefings to support the translation and diffusion of key findings and recommendations from the study into guidance for state and national legislators, executive branch leaders, law enforcement personnel, victim and support services providers, health care practitioners, community leaders, and members of the public.

Enhanced communication and dissemination of the report will help raise public awareness about commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors as domestic issues with significant public health and public safety implications; promulgate a solid evidentiary foundation for future discourse and work on CSEC in the United States; and help ensure that the OJJDP-sponsored report reaches decision-makers, key stakeholders, and essential partners at all levels from a broad array of agencies and organizations.


Date Created: August 30, 2011