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Commercial Sexual Exploitation–Identification Tool (CSE-IT) Implementation Guide

Source:  WestCoast Children's Clinic

Description:  This guide provides recommendations for implementing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation–Identification Tool (CSE-IT) to improve early identification of commercially sexually exploited children. The CSE-IT is an evidence-based screening tool designed for use in multiple child-serving systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, residential, mental health, medical, and homeless services. The CSE-IT is used as part of a universal screening approach to systematically identify the presence of indicators of child sex trafficking. All youth ages 10 and over should be screened, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, residence, health, socioeconomic status, appearance, or behavior. Organization leaders should develop a protocol to provide clear guidance to staff on how to conduct screening and respond to youth who have indicators of trafficking, and what documentation and reporting are required. Ultimately, screening helps agencies and systems identify youth earlier, and provides data that allows them to target resources to prevent prolonged exposure to exploitation.

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  • Comprehensive Human Trafficking Assessment

    Source:  Polaris Project

    Description:  The following document contains questions that can be used to assess a client for potential signs that she/he has been a victim of human trafficking. The suggestions and indicators below are not exhaustive or cumulative in nature and each question taken alone may not indicate a potential trafficking situation. Assessment questions should be tailored to your program and client’s specific needs

  • Rapid Screening Tool (RST) for Child Trafficking

    Source:  Adapted from Center for the Human Rights for Children, Loyola University Chicago & International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)

    Description:  One-page screening tool for children at risk or suspected to be victims of trafficking

  • Human Trafficking Screening Tool (HTST)

    Source:  Informed by Shared Hope International (2010) Intervene Practioner Guide and Intake Tool (TVIT). The Polaris Project and the Covenant House

    Description:  This guide is designed to help child welfare and delinquency professionals screen for possible youth victims of human trafficking.

  • Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Guide

    Source:  This publication was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office on Trafficking in Persons, and produced by the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center.

    Description:  A guide for training public health, behavioral health, health care, and social work professionals who wish to use trauma-informed and survivor-informed practices to assess adult clients and patients for human trafficking victimization or risk of potential trafficking victimization.