Experts estimate that 199,000 incidents of sexual exploitation of minors occur each year in the United States. That’s one trafficking crime every three minutes. The District of Columbia is not immune to this horrific problem, which is why the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has established a Human Trafficking Initiative to combat this serious crime.
As part of this initiative, OAG staff members visit local schools to educate youth about trafficking. OAG staff also train community leaders to educate youth. In addition, OAG has a task force that participates in monthly case-review meetings on sex trafficking with other District agencies that serve youth in the juvenile-justice and child-protection systems. The case reviews help ensure that victims receive appropriate services and support.
OAG has created a human trafficking awareness poster specifically targeting District youth at risk of trafficking. The poster describes the crime and raises awareness. It is now displayed in more than 100 District schools and community centers.
Browse the links below to learn about warning signs of trafficking, how you can help potential victims and upcoming educational events.
- Human Trafficking Fact Sheet in Six Languages
- Download OAG's Human Trafficking Awareness Poster (English and Spanish)
01/18/18 - McKinley Middle School
This presentation for students will cover the warning signs of human trafficking and how students can get help for themselves or others.
11/01/17 to 11/31/17 - Golden Doors Project
As part of the Golden Doors to Freedom project to raise awareness about Human Trafficking, a golden door that OAG designed was on exhibit with other submissions at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria for the month of October.
08/24/17 - Youth Rally at Christian Tabernacle Church
AAG Aniton presented on a panel to children and church and members on human trafficking, bullying and social media safety.
08/05/17 - Presentation at Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
AAG Aniton presented with USAO and MPD to church and community members on human trafficking and discussed ways members can get involved.
07/20/17 - Marion Barry Youth Leadership Initiative
AAG Aniton Attended a program for about 300 youth. Participated in group activities and served on a panel to discuss/answer questions regarding human trafficking.