Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities



Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Program

Trafficking of children and youth is a growing concern across the nation. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) :

  • Has developed an approach to prevent sex trafficking of minors
  • Provides services that are culturally sensitive and youth-centered
  • Provides trauma-informed services meeting the needs of survivors
  • Has a response to sex trafficking in Wisconsin that is comprehensive and coordinates with other systems. This includes justice, corrections, education, the courts, health services, and community service providers.

If you know someone who may be experiencing human trafficking, please call 1-800-373-7888. You can also visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

What is Human Trafficking?

  • Human trafficking is the misuse of other people. This often happens for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. At DCF, we focus on the trafficking of children and adolescents. But, trafficking can occur at any age.
  • Human traffickers often recruit vulnerable youth with force or deception. They may exploit youth through fraud, abuse of power, control, violence, or physical abduction. They may also threaten the youth or their family. Economic pressure can make a person more vulnerable to being trafficked.
  • Trafficking occurs in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. It is a statewide issue.
  • Many youth who are being trafficked do not see themselves as victims. They may not realize they are being trafficked.

Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Response Plan

The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act was passed in 2014. It requires states to develop policies and procedures to address the issue of sex trafficking of minors. In response, DCF requested input from cross-system stakeholders to gather feedback on a state plan. This led to a three-part plan to address sex trafficking in Wisconsin.


For more information about this topic, please see one of the following websites or reports:

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Human Trafficking Page has a comprehensive list of resources.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides resources for understanding traumatic stress responses for youth who are trafficked.

How Trafficker’s Lure Victims by Pretending to Meet Essential Needs (Wisconsin Department of Justice 2015)

Wisconsin Human Trafficking Statutes (Wisconsin Department of Justice 2015)

Human Trafficking Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals (Wisconsin Department of Justice, last updated 2015)

Overview of Trafficking: A brochure for child protective services created by the Arizona State University School of Social Work.

Human Trafficking Dynamics - Power and Control Wheel provides insight into how domestic and sexual violence intersects with human trafficking.

An info graphic about Human Trafficking Components and Services from the National Academy of Sciences

"Promising Practices: An Overview Of Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking”. A report from Sanar Wellness Institute as part of the Polaris Project

Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol and Resource Manual (Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium)

10 Things You Can Do Today from the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council 2015

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (AHTTF) Information

Membership Lists

The Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is (AHTTF) made up of the Task Force members and the Task Force Workgroup members.

Meeting Materials

All of the upcoming meeting materials are available on the Department of Children and Families Councils and Commissions calendar. You will want to check back after the meeting to view the meeting record and presentation handouts.