Yr4: Sex Trafficking and Arizona's Vulnerable Youth: Identification Collaboration and Intervention

Project: Research project

Project Details


Yr4: Sex Trafficking and Arizona's Vulnerable Youth: Identification Collaboration and Intervention Sex Trafficking and Arizonas Vulnerable Youth: Identification, Collaboration and Intervention A number of child welfare specific service-system gaps have been identified in Arizona related to child sex trafficking, including: (1) limited awareness of the problem and features of child sex trafficking and services for victims by child welfare personnel; (2) service gaps in the area of a child-focused response including multi-system information coordination and advocacy, especially related to identification of sex trafficking victims; and (3) limited targeted services available for child sex trafficking victims and prevention against sex trafficking. This study, Sex Trafficking and Arizonas Vulnerable Youth: Identification, Collaboration, and Intervention (STAVY), utilizes strategies and activities to address these service gaps in order to better meet the needs of child welfare involved children involved in, or at risk of, sex trafficking in Arizona including within Native American communities. Proposed Services: The overall goal of this project is to improve the services provided to child sex trafficking victims and to promote the long-term safety and well being of sex traffic victims who are under the courts jurisdiction as a result of child abuse and neglect. To that aim, this project builds on previous trainings, research, and interventions conducted by the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR), and a wide range of local and statewide partnerships to conduct the following activities: determine which type of system-based sex trafficked identification method works best for the Arizona child welfare system; develop, implement, and sustain an enhanced array of trainings to increase awareness and promote identification; develop multi-agency engagement through regular trainings and meetings; and train service providers serving sex trafficked youth in a targeted intervention and treatment protocols that focus on sex trafficking and that are trauma-informed with the goal of preventing their re-entry into child sex trafficking situations. The STAVY initiative seeks to: (1) compare two models of sex trafficking victim identification within the child welfare system to determine the most efficacious manner and collect this data over 5 years (2) provide collaboration-focused training to child welfare workers and care providers such as foster and kinship parents and residential service providers, law enforcement, juvenile justice personnel, along with service agencies serving sex trafficked youth within Arizona on sex trafficking basics as well as targeted trainings on treatment interventions for youth at risk for or victimized by sex trafficking who are multisystem involved (child welfare and juvenile justice and homeless/runaway youth) and prevention-focused interventions for youth who are at risk for becoming perpetrators of sex trafficking (3) foster strong and effective cross-system community partnerships and foster new collaborations to facilitate improved response to children and families experiencing child sex trafficking victimization to include service providers for homeless/runaway youth and school personnel along with law enforcement, juvenile probation/parole and detention program staff, social service providers and group homes/foster homes/residential treatment programs (4) expand and strengthen evaluation, knowledge-building, and decision-making processes to guide community change efforts and support sustainable service delivery. These grant components will lead to new information to contribute to the limited research literature on child sex trafficking as well as to the development of best practices for the system of services that interact with child victims of sex trafficking.
Effective start/end date9/30/179/29/21


  • HHS: Administration for Children and Families (ACF): $549,909.00


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