IOFA’s Child Right Handbook

Building Child Welfare Response to Trafficking is a publication produced by the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) and the Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC)at Loyola University Chicago. The handbook is a critical piece of a project to mobilize child welfare agencies to address widespread and systemic gaps in efforts to combat the human rights abuses suffered by the thousands of children and youth throughout the United States who are trafficked for labor or sexual exploitation each year.

The Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking Handbook is an important resource for child protection and child welfare agencies around the United States that are seeking to increase their capacity and expertise in child trafficking. While the focus is primarily on working with trafficking victims in the US, the tools within the handbook can be used by organizations working with orphan youth that may be at risk for trafficking.

Highlights of the handbook include:

  • A clear explanation of the history and scope of the problem
  • Screening tools for victim identification
  • Case management tools and guidelines
  • Information on legal protections for child trafficking victims
  • A comprehensive guide to the resources available to trafficking victims
  • Recommendations for integrating child trafficking best practices within public and private child welfare agencies

If you would like specific advice on how you can utilize this resource with orphan youth aging out of care, especially in settings outside of the US, please feel free to e-mail us at

We also welcome your feedback on the handbook, and encourage you to contact us to learn more about how we can support your efforts to develop effective responses to child trafficking.

Click here to download the Building Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Handbook


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