The “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014,” H.R. 4980 (Public Law 113-183), was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in September of 2014. It is the first federal child welfare bill to address the intersection of child welfare and child trafficking. For the purposes of this brief, we will focus ones provisions of the Act pertaining to preventing and addressing the sex trafficking of children in foster care, contained in Title I of this Act. It is important, however, to also acknowledge that other provisions of the Act mandating improved permanency and services for foster children inherently provide protective factors against human trafficking. The following provides a brief overview of the requirements under the Act, and an analysis of the implications and potential outcomes under the Act for stakeholders.
Murray, Jeanne, "Policy Brief: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families" (2015). Center for the Human Rights of Children. 9.
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