Apply to the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA)

Applications are currently closed for HTLA Class 6.

Information about the next HTLA class will be posted here soon. In the meantime, email to join our mailing list.

What is the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy?

The HTLA provides leadership training to survivor leaders and allied professionals. HTLA fellows join a class that meets regularly (either in person or virtually) over the course of 4–6 months.  

The Office on Trafficking in Persons and the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the HTLA in response to recommendations for survivor leadership from stakeholders with lived experience including the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, established by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Fellows must attend all seminars. Fellows should expect to work 2–4 hours per week between seminars.

This a competitive program and class size is limited to 12 participants. Applicants are encouraged to reapply in the future if they meet the eligibility requirements. 

No, you are not required to disclose this information. Each fellow is welcome to share anything they would like about their personal and professional experience. Additionally, we ask that other fellows do not disclose another participant's personal experiences.

The information you put in your bio will be seen by other fellows as part of the onboarding process.

Yes, you may apply if you have expertise that can support the development of recommendations within a group setting.

A limited number of fellowships are prioritized for survivors of human trafficking who do not receive federal or state funding for their work. These individuals are eligible for a monthly stipend of $1,000. 

Lodging and airfare are paid for in advance by the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC). Fellows are reimbursed for meals and ground travel.

HTLA organizers are closely monitoring public health guidance on travel restrictions, holding large gatherings, and other conditions to determine whether future HTLA classes will include in-person or virtual attendance options.

Please note: Virtual seminars require access to a computer with internet access, the ability to download Zoom conferencing software, and the ability to access Google Drive or Microsoft Office.

Find information on previous classes, including their recommendations, on our Human Trafficking Leadership Academy page. 

Email to join the NHTTAC mailing list for email updates on the HTLA and other fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

OTIP is a federal program office within the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. OTIP's mission is to combat human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance, helping them rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient.

NHTTAC is a service of OTIP funded to deliver training and technical assistance to inform and enhance the public health response to human trafficking.

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