Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking (PACT) is a project funded by the U.S Department of Health and uman Services Administration for Children and Families (HHS-ACF) as a one of their "Grants to Address Trafficking in the Child Welfare Population." A proposal for the grant was submitted to HHS-ACF by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and was approved and awarded for a five year term beginning October 1, 2014 though September 30, 2019.
CDSS contracted with CFPIC to administer the grant with a full time Project Director as the lead. The Project Director, Melissa J. Gomez, is an anti-trafficking consultant with extensive macro and micro level experience in the anti-human trafficking and anti-violence fields. PACT has contracted with Resource Development Associates (RDA) to perform the five-year evaluation.
Ten California counties' child welfare agencies have volunteered to create the PACT cohort to discover, share, implement and evaluate best practices in regards to child trafficking. Those counties are:
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Joaquin
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Barbara
PACT's mission is to implement a safe and county level coordinated cross-system, interagency collaborative model that effectively serves child labor and sex trafficking victims. Protocols and models will build on existing collaborations at the state level, leverage funding from the state to provide services at the county level, implement newly created state law, and ensure child-serving agencies coordinate to more effectively serve a population of extremely vulnerable and traumatized children.