The Child Sex Trafficking Victims Initiative (CSTVI) is a five-year partnership between UMB School of Social Work and the Maryland Department of Human Resources to address the issue of sex trafficking among youth involved with child welfare.  CSTVI was established with funding from the Children’s Bureau and works to:

​Improve victim identification through creation and statewide implementation of a screening tool to identify trafficked and at-risk youths;

Enhance victim response by equipping child welfare professionals with necessary knowledge & skills, achieved by developing new training curriculum and statewide training plan to reach all new and existing child welfare staff; and

Ensure victims receive comprehensive, trauma-informed care through capacity-building of service providers and targeting existing service and resource gaps

The development and implementation of the Engaging Child Victims of Sex Trafficking: The Role of the Child Welfare Worker is supported through CSTVI.  If you are interested in learning more about CSTVI, or the training, please contact Amelia Rubenstein at


Our partners for this initiative include the following service providers:


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