Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program

Comprehensive services to victims (24 and under) of trafficking or sexual exploitation



The number of identified cases of human trafficking increase each year across the country and in the state of Indiana.  Since the National Human Trafficking Hotline was established in 2007 through the end of 2019, there have been 63,380 cases of trafficked adults and minors identified across the U.S.; 755 cases originated in Indiana.

Vulnerable youth are at particularly high-risk:

  • History of child abuse: In one study, 95% of youth who were sex trafficked reported a history of childhood maltreatment
  • Child welfare involvement: Multiple studies have found at least 50% to as high as more than 90% of children who were victims of child sex trafficking had been involved in the child welfare system
  • Runaways: As many as 1 in 6 runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2020 were likely victims of sex trafficking 
  • LGBTQ with lack of support: 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ; of that population, they are 7.4 times more likely to experience sexual violence than their heterosexual peers
  • Marginalized youth of color: In one survey of domestic minor sex trafficking survivors, 42% identified as African American, 21% as Hispanic
  • Immigrant / undocumented youth: In 2019, recent migration and/or the location of an individual was the #1 risk factor for labor trafficking  

In 2015 the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP) was created to raise awareness, increase identification of trafficked youth, and increase service resources to meet their needs. The program is funded by a grant from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Program creation included guidance from OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center as well as Wichita State University’s Center to Combat Human Trafficking. Grant partners include the Indiana State Police and IU School of Public Health. ITVAP also collaborates with a number of other local and state organizations. IYSA is a leader in best practices for youth work in Indiana and continues to learn from individuals with lived experiences to effectively address the needs of those impacted by human trafficking. 


  • Provide trauma-informed, victim-centered training on identification and collaborative support of youth victims and survivors of labor and sex trafficking All trainings are provided at no cost (See Trainings page)
  • Partner with local service providers throughout the state to facilitate delivery of services to victims and survivors up to 24 yr.  (See Resources page). Since inception through October 2021, ITVAP partners have served 478 trafficked youth in addition to many more sexually exploited and high-risk youth 
  • Work to increase the number of service resources across the state for human trafficking victims and survivors through training, clinical support, and service reimbursement (See Resource page)
  • Participate on the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) task force and work to build up regional coalitions across the state 
  • Partner with National Safe Place to increase safe place sites across the state
  • 7 Regional Coalition Coordinators, in addition to 33 Youth Service Bureaus facilitate trainings across the state and engage and connect local stakeholders to respond to trafficking in their community

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Cites for stats:

  • 1″Human Trafficking Prevalence and Child Welfare Risk Factors Among Homeless Youth: A Multi-City Study”, The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research, Univ. of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • 2″Guidance to states and services on addressing human trafficking of children and youth in the United States”, HHS, ACF (2013)
  • 3National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2021)
  • 4Polaris (publ. 2016, updated 2019)
  • 5″Survivor Insights: The Role of Technology in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking”, Thorn, V. Bouche, Texas Christian University (2018)
  • 6Polaris (2019 National Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics)



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