Instances of sex trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, and yet, many Americans are still surprised and alarmed when exploitation occurs right in their own backyards. When a case of trafficking has been identified in a community, it is the role of local elected officials, leaders and activists to help others confront and understand the existence of this crime in their midst.


For decades, ECPAT-USA has worked alongside government officials and policymakers to improve the nation’s ability to prevent child exploitation and to respond when children are identified as victims of trafficking. Our new Sex Trafficking Public Conversations Resource Guide for members of Congress outlines the necessary steps members must take to address this horrific crime when it happens in their district. The resource guide will help you to plan a community meeting with suggestions for who to invite, an agenda, talking points, a sample press release, and background information about the topic.