Early Identification & Screening

Identifying victims is the crucial first step to address child sex trafficking and is a federal requirement for agencies receiving Title IV-E funds. Child sex trafficking risk assessment and/or identification tools should be integrated into a holistic, trauma-informed approach for survivors and a comprehensive intervention strategy.

What approach does your tribe want to take?
A proactive approach will allow you to determine how you will screen and intervene. A comprehensive structure helps prepare agencies to identify victims of trafficking and provide an informed response. Screening tools can also be used in various departments to assist in preventive outreach.


Screening & Identification

Is your agency screening for sex trafficking?

There is no standard, tribal-specific tool or protocol for agencies to screen those whom they serve to identify sex trafficking victims. Every agency is unique, and you should determine how you’d like to incorporate screening for sex trafficking within your own existing procedures. There are a number of different tools, risk assessments, and victim identification guidance resources to help you generate some ideas. To ensure your screening results are valid, whatever tool you use should be appropriate for youth and administered per the guidelines.


Assessment for Possible Human Trafficking Victimization
(Pueblo of Zuni)

Two-page Screening Process and Spreadsheet (Saint Regis Mohawk, Safe Harbour Grant)

Wisconsin Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Indicator and Response Guide

Screening & identification Resources

Identifying Minors and Young People Exploited Through Sex Trafficking: A Resource for Child Welfare Agencies
Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Victim/Survivor Resource Book
Matrix of Screening Tools to Identify Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool: CSE-IT