Around the world, youth face violence, bullying, abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and other traumas of adolescence. Many of these forms of victimization are hidden or underreported, hampering policy efforts to quantify problems and determine the size and scope of needs to be addressed through targeted intervention. IOFA collaborates with universities and other research institutions to address gaps in data and analysis of issues affecting young people.
Furthermore, the issues faced by vulnerable youth are often poorly understood by the general public. IOFA promotes outreach programs to educate key stakeholders in the lives of young people, such as parents, educators, employers, and community members, about emerging issues facing youth. Through social media campaigns and awareness events, IOFA seeks to connect with young people with critical information and resources to ensure their future.
For more information on IOFA’s Research, Education, and Outreach work, visit Our Projects.
To download handbook resources specific to child trafficking in sex and labor in the United States, visit our Resources page.