Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking (PACT)

About PACT

A diverse group of hands in the middle

As one of nine federal grants awarded by the Children's Bureau in 2014, the California Department of Social Services contracted with the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC) to administer the Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking (PACT) Project.

PACT's Mission

PACT’s Mission is to engage county child welfare agencies and their multidisciplinary partners as they implement a coordinated cross-system, interagency model, to improve service delivery to children and youth at risk of or experiencing sex and/or labor trafficking in California. The original PACT Pilot included ten California child welfare counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura.

We Believe That Collaboration Makes a Difference!

Four people sitting around a wooden table in discussion

PACT regional cohorts are an opportunity for child welfare agencies to collectively discover, and evaluate best practices. Members gain a valuable network of support, increase cross-county coordination, and engage in peer learning, as they share in the challenges and successes of program implementation.

We Are Expanding! Stay Tuned…

We are excited to announce PACT is launching an expanded Statewide Model to support all California Opt-In Counties, funded by the CDSS Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program in the fall of 2020. We hope to establish three additional cohorts, based on geographic location and county interest. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate.

PACT Activities

PACT Regional Cohorts

The PACT Project Director convenes bi-monthly virtual meetings for each PACT Cohort, which consist of child welfare trafficking program coordinators and/or designated team members from participating counties in each region. Additionally, PACT facilitates opportunities for peer mentorship to problem solve identified challenges and maintains a listserv of designated county leads throughout the State to support cross-county coordination. The PACT Director acts as a liaison between state and federal entities and consistently provides updated information on emerging trafficking issues.

PACT Training & Technical Assistance

Participating counties receive access to training and customized technical assistance from the PACT Project Director and the PACT Thriver Advisory Team (a diverse team of experts who lend their lived experience as survivors of child trafficking to inform protocol and policy development). PACT team members may assist counties in document review, advise on awareness campaigns, conduct evaluations, speak at a training or awareness event or respond to individual requests to meet a specific need.

PACT hosts no-cost quarterly webinars with experts in the anti-trafficking field to explore emerging and promising practices or highlight valuable resources. Visit our PACT Training Page to view Pre-Recorded Webinars or Subscribe to our Listserv.

PACT Annual Convenings

Join us for an opportunity to learn from key experts, dialogue, share lessons, brainstorm challenges and collectively define future steps with colleagues and thought leaders across the state. PACT hosts a two-day annual conference as well as Regional PACT Coordinator meetings throughout the year. Visit our PACT Convening Page to learn how to register for an upcoming event.

PACT Testimonials

“The PACT Project has been very helpful in linking counties together for shared information and resources.”
PACT County Coordinator

“The TA we have received from PACT regarding labor trafficking and initial discussions on how to work with commercially sexually exploited youth who appear to be recruiting and/or exploiting others has been very valuable.”
PACT County Coordinator

“The convening was great. The number of survivors at this event gives me hope that I'm making a change.”
PACT 2019 Convening Attendee

Contact Us

PACT Project Director:
Melissa.Gomez@cfpic.org

2495 Natomas Park Drive
Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95833

Newly Released!
Child Labor Trafficking Report & Toolkit

PACT Training & Technical Assistance

California Child Trafficking Service Provider Matrix

Engaging Survivors in Your Work

Meet Our Team

PACT Annual Convening