State-Based Approaches to Address Child and Youth Trafficking

The Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking (Improving Outcomes) grant program, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) since 2016, awards state or Tribal entities funds to develop state- or Tribal-based approaches to improve the identification of and coordinated response to child and youth victims of human trafficking within their states or territories.


This website includes resources that were created by, or have provided support to, the Improving Outcomes grant program to implement state- or Tribal-based approaches to address child and youth trafficking. 


The compiled resources on this webpage can support other state agencies and Tribes looking to design or implement similar approaches to improve the identification of and coordinated response to child and youth trafficking.


Content on this website is organized according to the target group or agency that you are hoping to work with to improve identification and response to child and youth victims of trafficking. These groups include:


    • Child Welfare 
    • Health/Human Services
    • Law Enforcement
    • Juvenile Justice 
    • Those who Identify and Refer Victims
    • Those who Support Victims
    • Survivor Leaders
    • General Public
    • Community Partners 
    • Multidisciplinary Groups

Meet Our Grantees


Grantee Highlights

Ohio State Highlight

The Ohio Improving Outcomes team operates the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force, comprised of juvenile justice professionals, state agencies, and community-based service providers, takes a multidisciplinary approach to identify victims of human trafficking, support prosecutions, and connect survivors to treatment and supportive services. A key outcome of the Improving Outcomes program is the integration of a multidisciplinary response in two of the state’s juvenile courts.

Louisiana State Highlight

Through the Louisiana Child and Youth Trafficking Collaborative Accessibility Initiative and Louisiana State Act 662, the Louisiana Improving Outcomes team allocates 2.5 million dollars annually for the expansion of state-wide care coordination services. The funding also supports 19 regional navigators who coordinate trafficking-specific multidisciplinary teams providing services to minor victims of human trafficking.