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Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

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.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date--December 1-2, 2021! This coming winter, the Anti-Human Trafficking team will be piloting the Leadership Institute to Combat Human Trafficking in Washington, D.C., an in-person event for executive level prosecutors and law enforcement leaders that will leverage their leadership roles to make organizational change by developing and refining human trafficking responses.

For more information about this event, please email humantrafficking@theiacp.org.

IACP Resources

MAXIMIZING JUSTICE: Building a Prosecution Review Process 

This document assists multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking task forces to develop a process that details how they will work with local, state, and federal prosecutors to conduct case reviews and referrals for both state and federal prosecutions. This guidance helps stakeholders to evaluate federal and state criminal justice systems in order to make informed decisions on the most effective route to pursue prosecution based on a thorough analysis of each legal system’s statutes, policies, and procedures.  

Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Protocol Development Checklists 

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) offers a toolkit of Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) protocol development checklists that provide a list of items human trafficking task forces should consider when developing protocols specific to their local task force. These checklists encompass best practices, a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach, and are guided by the ECM, directing the development and implementation of strong and effective protocols.

About the Enhanced Collaborative Model

This document provides a brief overview of the U.S. Department of Justice Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking program, highlights successes from participating human trafficking task forces, and summarizes IACP’s training and technical assistance resources.

Development & Operations Roadmap for Multidisciplinary Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

Developing a multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking task force is a process that requires significant time, attention, and intention. In recognition of the challenges involved in this process, the roadmap provides new and experienced anti-human trafficking task forces alike with guidance to assess and plan task force development from start to sustainability.

IACPlearn – Anti-Human Trafficking Webinars and Training

IACPlearn is your hub for all on-demand and live virtual learning such as training, webinars, and podcasts. Webinars and training on topics including identifying, investigating and prosecuting multiple forms of human trafficking and operating a collaborative, multidisciplinary human trafficking task force can be found on this platform.

Task Force Connect

Online peer-to-peer sharing community exclusively for DOJ-funded EMC Human Trafficking Task Forces. Here you will be able to connect with fellow Task Force members, participate in discussion, view weekly spotlights, share and find resources, network with other members, and make suggestions for what you want to see in the community.

Child Sex Trafficking Tools For Law Enforcement 

Child sex trafficking involves a number of complex crimes requiring law enforcement to collaborate with multiple community partners to identify and respond to child victims, while holding accountable those who are responsible for their exploitation. This includes working closely with prosecutors, schools, victim service providers, parole and probation, juvenile justice departments, child welfare agencies, and members of the community. This project aims to assist law enforcement leaders in adopting effective multidisciplinary approaches to address child sex trafficking in their communities.

Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Training Guidebook

The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation includes information on federal law, tools for identification, investigation and response, and resources for victim assistance. Recognizing the international nature of human trafficking and the limited language resources and interpretation capabilities facing many police departments, IACP has translated the guidebook into Spanish.

The Crime of Human Trafficking: Roll-Call Training Video

This three-part roll-call training video provides law enforcement and their partners with information so that they can effectively identify and respond to human trafficking crimes. The segments include Defining the Crime, Identifying and Responding, and Investigating and Interviewing.

The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide Discussion Questions

This discussion guide is designed to reinforce key information contained in the roll call training video and assist officers in applying this knowledge to their local community. To increase the impact of this video, please use in conjunction with the IACP guidebook, The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation. The page numbers following each question reference pages in the guidebook where more information can be found.

Training Key: Human Trafficking Update (IACP members only)

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud, or coercion in violation of an individual’s human rights. In order to combat it, law enforcement must be aware of the signs that indicate that trafficking may be occurring in their communities. This training key defines multiple forms of human trafficking and details strategies for identifying and investigating human trafficking crimes.

 

About IACP’s Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Programs

National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program for Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Forces  

The IACP, in collaboration with AEquitas, ICF Inc., the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), aims to increase the organizational capacity of ECM anti-human trafficking task forces and professionals in policing, prosecution, victim services, and related fields to better identify victims, provide services, and successfully investigate and prosecute cases at all levels.    

The IACP will leverage innovative techniques and promising practices to:   

  • promote trauma-informed and victim-centered investigative and prosecutorial techniques;  

  • address core task force operational topics impacting ECM task forces that span across multisector audiences;  

  • foster peer engagement and learning opportunities across ECM task forces; and  

  • support law enforcement to establish the trust of persons subjected to human trafficking and encourage participation with investigative efforts.  

Through the National Human Trafficking TTA Program, IACP provides an array of web-based and in-classroom training for anti-human trafficking professionals. If you have any questions regarding the resources listed below, please contact the IACP Anti-Human Trafficking team at humantrafficking@theiacp.org. The IACP currently offers, or is developing, the following resources: 

Open-Access Resources (grant program affiliation not required) 

  • Webinar Series, a series of educational webinars covering a wide range of topics in combating human trafficking. You can find our existing library of webinars on our online learning portal, IACPlearn and check our Upcoming Events section above for upcoming webinars in the series.  

  • Facts in a Flash Videos (in development), a series of informational video briefs on quick-bite topics related to human trafficking. These videos will be accompanied by suggested discussion prompts for teams and task forces to use for internal and external training presentations. 

  • The Leadership Institute to Combat Human Trafficking (in development), a two-day, in-person event that will leverage police and prosecutorial leadership roles to make organizational change by developing and refining human trafficking responses. Pilot event coming soon in fall/winter 2021! 

  • Beyond the Basics: Advancing Human Trafficking Investigations & Prosecutions training, a 2.5-day classroom training curriculum addressing investigation resources and methods; trauma-informed interviewing; working with victims of human trafficking; and key partnerships and strategies for successful prosecutions. Expected to launch Spring 2022. 

  • Walk in Your Shoes (in development), a multidisciplinary scenario-based training in which participants will “walk in the shoes” of professionals in professional roles other than their own to consider shared challenges and strategies to overcome them from alternate perspectives. Expected to launch Summer 2023. 

  • Effective Strategies to Investigate and Prosecute Labor Trafficking in the United States, an engaging 2.5-day in-depth training designed to prepare participants to identify, investigate, and prosecute labor trafficking crimes. This course will enable investigators and prosecutors to proactively identify victims of labor trafficking and effectively investigate and prosecute offenders, using best practices and a trauma-centered approach. No events are currently scheduled at this time.  

Dedicated Resources for Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) grantees  

  • Task Force Connect, an online community exclusively for DOJ-funded ECM task force members. Task Force Connect provides an opportunity for law enforcement, service providers, task force coordinators, and other anti-human trafficking professionals to connect with each other and exchange ideas and information. Membership open only for ECM task force members. 

  • ECM Human Trafficking Task Force Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program, a field-based learning opportunity that allows ECM Task Forces to connect with peers who exemplify innovative and promising practices in anti-human trafficking investigations, prosecutions, and victim response. Application coming soon! Open only for ECM task force members. 

  • Advanced Seminar Series, a series of small-group facilitated discussion events. These discussion sessions will encourage participants to develop new thoughts and perspectives on various issues related to the anti-human trafficking field. Open only for ECM task force members.  

Please check our Upcoming Events section at the top of this page to stay up to date with events upcoming on our training calendar.  

 

Project Roadmap 

Project Roadmap is a partnership between ICF Inc., IACP, and OVC to provide technical assistance (TA) to ECM Task Forces to combat human trafficking, based on the approach detailed in the Development & Operations Roadmap for Multidisciplinary Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces. Through coaching and mentoring, Project Roadmap supports ECM task forces in developing and strengthening the key building blocks that lead to successful collaboration, victim services, investigations, and prosecutions. Project Roadmap uses a dynamic, three-level TA strategy to meet the needs of individual ECM task forces and keep apprised of the immediate and future needs of key stakeholders, specific disciplines, and the field at-large.   

Project Roadmap provides targeted TA to ECM Task Forces through: 

  • Dedicated support of Task Force Liaisons, professionals with practical experience in law enforcement, prosecutions, multidisciplinary team management, and victim services. 

  • Field coaching sessions, led by experienced professionals in each of the four core disciplines of an ECM task force: law enforcement, prosecution, victim services, and task force coordination.  

  • Remote and on-site custom technical assistance 

  • National and regional convenings  

 

Preventing Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Through Education Partnerships  

The NW3C is partnering with the IACP and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) to develop a human trafficking identification and prevention curriculum for high school students and to train law enforcement to deliver the curriculum in schools. With the support of the OVC, NW3C and its partners are working to develop a toolkit containing the curriculum, materials, and resources that will be implemented in select pilot schools. The program will be effectively implemented with multidisciplinary support from ECM Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces, school resource officers, victim advocates, guidance counselors, students, and other school and community stakeholders. This innovative program builds on existing self-reliance and peer support with a concentric mentoring architecture to strengthen teen communities and promote awareness of human trafficking and child exploitation. Students will learn about trafficking and exploitation so that they can ultimately mentor both peers and younger students to prevent victimization through awareness efforts. 

Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Force Map

Reporting Human Trafficking

If you are a victim of human trafficking, 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). The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization. Their primary mission is to help human trafficking victims and survivors in accessing services and safety.

IACP Project Partners

This webpage was produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police under 2020-VT-BX-K002 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webpage are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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