The Centers for Youth and Families in Arkansas serves as a national resource center for victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking comprises the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, based on the recruitment, harboring and transportation of people solely for the purpose of sexual ex- ploitation. Every year traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits at the expense of victimizing children across the nation.
Domestic minor sex trafficking, which is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling or trading their sexual services, is happening in the United States. Forms of sex trafficking include prostitution, pornography, stripping and other sexual acts. As a result these children experience extreme trauma that has a life-long effect on their social and emotional being, their health and safety.
For over 130 years, The Centers for Youth and Families has re- mained true to our mission to build healthy children, families and communities. Through our trauma informed specialized treatment, The Centers provides Prevention, Intervention and Treatment programs and services for trafficked youth from ages 5-17.
The Centers has a qualified team of mental health professionals trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to help traumatized children, adolescents, young adults and families find hope, learn resilience and rediscover possible.