Directory of Services and Information for the Protection of Child and Adolescent Trafficking Victims in Costa Rica

The Warnath Group is pleased to have partnered with the U.S. and Costa Rica governments to develop a Directory of Services and Information for the Protection of Child and Adolescent Trafficking Victims. This Directory of Services is a resource for practitioners in Costa Rica about where to find protection and assistance for child and adolescent trafficking victims and their families in Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and San José.

The Directory provides critical information on how practitioners can preliminarily identify and refer a child or adolescent trafficking victim for protection and assistance, including formal accreditation through the CONATT Immediate Response Team (ERI), as well as how to report and refer potential trafficking situations for investigation by FACTRA. In addition, the Directory offers information about and examples of child and adolescent trafficking in Costa Rica, and answers to frequently asked questions to equip practitioners to recognize and respond to child and adolescent trafficking. This resource puts this important and life-saving information into the hands of practitioners who are at the frontline of combatting child sex trafficking in Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica, children and adolescents can receive many types of assistance. This includes:

The service providers included in this Directory were validated in partnership with CONACOES. In addition to being listed in the Directory of Services, contact information for service providers can be found on the accompanying Map of Available Services for Child and Adolescent Trafficking Victims in Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and San José. Please click on the expand button to access the map.

The Warnath Group would like to thank the Government of Costa Rica institutions and non-governmental organizations who participated in the creation of this resource for their collaboration.

Who is this publication for?

This publication is for practitioners who, through their day-to-day work, may come into contact with possible child and adolescent trafficking victims. It can also be used by anyone who may know or suspect that a child or adolescent has been trafficked and needs protection and assistance.

How do I use this publication?

If you are a professional or practitioner who interacts with children or adolescents or may come into contact with victims of trafficking, this publication can help you to understand what to do and whom to contact to appropriately address the situation. You can use this publication to:

– learn about the rights that trafficking victims have;

– learn about the support and protection services available for trafficking victims; and

– learn how to communicate with the providers of such services.

The Innovations in Addressing Child Trafficking (IACT) Program is combating child sex trafficking in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas. The IACT Program works to protect and assist child and adolescent trafficking victims, strengthen the prosecution of trafficking crimes, and prevent the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

IACT is being implemented by The Warnath Group in close collaboration with the Government of Costa Rica and civil society organizations, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). The Warnath Group is an organization specialized in evidence-based programs to address human trafficking, including child trafficking.

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The development of the IACT Learning Hub was funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the developers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State.