Child Trafficking Response Unit (CTRU)
In addition to Senate Bill 855, other state and federal legislation created an interagency
and multi-disciplinary team approach to provide collaborative prevention, intervention
activities and services for CSEC that are receiving child welfare services through either
a county welfare or probation agency. In many jurisdictions throughout California, these
child-welfare interagency committees are collaborating with local Anti-Human Trafficking
Task Forces--typically convened and led by District Attorney's Offices and/or other law
enforcement agencies--to ensure children at risk or victims of CSEC are being identified
by the systems they are coming into contact with and services are coordinated to help meet
acute/crisis intervention and safety needs, reduce the impact of trauma, and support
Although our primary focus is on CSEC, as is our mandate under statute, we are engaging
in discussions with local, state, and federal stakeholders to explore a child labor
trafficking response at the state level.
California will have a statewide, coordinated community response to prevent the
trafficking of children and youth for sex or other labor and to serve children,
youth and families impacted by human trafficking.
Our mission is to provide consultation, resources and support to public and private
agencies in California serving children and youth at risk or victims of commercial
sexual exploitation or other severe forms of trafficking.
Our goal is that all counties in California will have adequate funds, training,
collaborative partnerships and service resources to address the needs of children at
risk or victims of trafficking. We work toward this goal by providing technical
assistance, leveraging funding for prevention and intervention programs,
collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to efficiently address issues,
researching California and national best practices and sharing them, and clarifying
expectations for reporting to funders.