Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal activities, operating on the same scale as the illegal trade of guns and drugs. Fueled by global economic conditions and increased international mobility, the market for, and trade of, human beings continues to expand rapidly. Exact numbers are difficult to calculate due to the underground nature of the crime, but the International Labour Organization estimates that up to 21 million people are trafficked internationally each year. Existing human trafficking research has found a lack of: coordination; proactive investigative strategies; information sharing; victim-centered approaches; training; and a host of other barriers impeding the successful identification, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking.

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the IACP provides law enforcement related training and technical assistance (TTA) to the BJA/OVC-funded task forces. IACP will conduct a comprehensive analysis of task force training and technical assistance needs and will match those needs with available resources and the coordination of targeted TTA to support innovative investigative and prosecutorial techniques. Additionally, IACP will work with the task forces by enhancing existing trainings, providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and emphasizing evidence-based, best practices. The TTA will emphasize the importance of effective collaboration among task force partners, data collection, and analysis.

IACP Project Partners

Bureau of Justice Assistance
AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

IACP Resources

Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Training Guidebook, Roll Call Training Video Series, and Discussion Questions
Child Sex Trafficking Tools for Law Enforcement
Training Key: Human Trafficking Update (IACP members only)

External Resources

“Faces of Human Trafficking” Video Series
Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Office for Victim of Crimes Training and Technical Assistance Center
U.S. Department of State: Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center
U.S. Department of State: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Human Trafficking “Blue Campaign”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Human Trafficking
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI)

IACP Contact

For more information, please contact Project Manager Sabrina Rhodes at humantrafficking@theiacp.org or 800-843-4227 ext. 831.

Reporting Human Trafficking

Reporting to Law Enforcement

To report suspected human trafficking activity to law enforcement:

Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Call 1-866-347-2423 (toll free) or 1-802-872-6199 (international), which is available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects. Or report online at www.ice.gov/tips.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office directly.
Report online at https://tips.fbi.gov

Get Help or Connect with Services
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), which operates 24-hours, 7-days-a-week, at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733) to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Report child sexual exploitation on the NCMEC CyberTipline at http://www.missingkids.com/cybertipline and 1-800-THE-LOST


This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-VT-BX-KOO1 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.