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Missing- Exploited-Sex Trafficking Investigations

In addition to the Office for Victims of Crime, many federal government agencies are working to combat human trafficking.

Federal Agencies with an anti-trafficking mission (2014)

Prepared by the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center

U.S. Department of Justice

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance
    The Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, develops training for law enforcement and communities to identify trafficking in persons and funds task forces based on a sound strategy of collaboration among state and local enforcement, trafficking victim service providers, federal law enforcement, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
  • Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
    The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) works to combat incidences of child exploitation and trafficking of women and children. Issues under the CEOS umbrella include child pornography, illegal interstate or international transportation of women and children, international parental abduction, computer-related exploitation of children, and child victimization on federal and Indian lands.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responsible for investigating human trafficking. The FBI also runs the Innocence Lost Initiative, focusing on sex trafficking of children within the United States.
  • Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit works closely with Assistant United States Attorneys and law enforcement agencies to streamline fast-moving trafficking investigations, ensure consistent application of trafficking statutes, and identify multijurisdictional trafficking networks.
  • National Institute of Justice
    The National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, funds research on human trafficking in the United States and around the world.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, implements a number of training and capacity-building initiatives related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and funds the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, which investigate Internet-related crimes of child pornography and enticement.