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What is HTR3?

This framework is the name given to National Safe Place Network’s approach on how to recognize, respect and re-spond to victims and survivors of human trafficking (sex, labor, DMST, CSEC and other variants). The framework is meant to complement well researched , existing curricula while filling gaps that seem to exist in linking reactions and responses to strength-based and trauma-informed practices. Since 2013, NSPN has received supplemental funding to bring HTR3 to RHY grantees.

What’s Next?

The project will continue to focus on building the capacity of runaway and homeless youth grantee organizations to recognize, respect and respond to victims and survivors of human trafficking. Activities will include 8 additional webinars with accompanying tip sheets as well as a focused effort with a specific subset of organizations as we seek to create toolkits for best practice operations for RHY programs. If you think you have knowledge or skills to share with other grantees and would like to be considered as a Subject Matter Expert, please email


  • Recognizing the signs of HT, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children during outreach activities, intakes and ongoing services to youth.
  • Recognizing the need to ensure that all staff are trained in appropriate and effective methods for validating the status of a youth regarding trafficking while maintaining safety for the youth, staff and the program.
  • Recognizing the need for education and prevention programming to decrease the risk for RHY.


  • Respect youth victims/survivors by focusing on strengths and opportunities to engage youth in change efforts.
  • Respect the role of other entities (social services, law enforcement, the judicial system and local coalitions) in addressing the issues at a micro and macro level.
  • Respect the impact the experiences of being trafficked/exploited may have had on the youth and the need for trauma-informed services.


  • Respond to youth needs with evidence-based practices and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Respond rather than react to the nature of the events that lead youth to seek assistance.
  • Respond to the impact of service provision on staff by ensuring strong professional support and development activities.
  • Respond to community prevention and intervention needs by linking RHY programs to resources and human trafficking coalitions and/or rescue and restore efforts.
  • Respond to gaps in services by working with community coalitions to address missing resources.  

For a printable version of this information, please visit: 

Latest HTR3 Resource:

HTR3 Webinar:  Outreach to Domestic Labor Trafficking Victims and Survivors

This webinar presents information on conducting outreach to domestic labor trafficking survivors. Tools to assist in identifying and screening potential victims are presented. Outreach strategies, integrating labor trafficking prevention tools, and the importance of developing and implementing a successful referral process are also discussed.  


  • Identify tools to effectively screen potential youth victims of labor trafficking.
  • Share strategies to effectively reach out to youth victims of labor trafficking.
  • Learn how to integrate labor trafficking prevention tools into existing programs.
  • Understand the importance of making effective referrals for youth victims of labor trafficking. 

Presented by: Valerie Schmitt, MSW; Human Trafficking Advisory Specialist; Polaris Project

RHY grantees should access the webinar through RHYTTAC eLearning here:
All others may access the webinar here:
Download the Fact Sheet titled "Outreach to Domestic Labor Trafficking Victims and Survivors" here: 
Download the PowerPoint Presentation for this webinar here:

Additional Webinars:

The following HTR3 webinars and supporting documents are available on the RHYTTAC e-learning portal.  To learn more about how to register and access courses on eLearning, please visit:

  • Identification of Domestic Labor Trafficking Survivors
  • Effective MOU
  • Public Outreach
  • Internet and Social Media
  • Cultural Competence
  • Effective Volunteers
  • Navigating the World of Community Coalitions
  • Adopting a Trauma Informed Care Model
    Review the HTR3 "Adopting a Trauma Informed Care Model" information guide here:

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