Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance

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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 IACP Human Trafficking Trainings

Upcoming Training Events:

Five Part Virtual Training Series - Effective Strategies to Investigate and Prosecute Labor Trafficking in the United States

 

IACP Resources

 

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.

 

IACP Online Training Portal 

The IACP Programs Online Training Portal offers free courses for law enforcement, prosecutors, human trafficking task force coordinators, and affiliated criminal justice professionals to build knowledge on strategies for effectively combating human trafficking. The portal includes recorded webinars on topics including identifying, investigating and prosecuting multiple forms of human trafficking and operating a collaborative, multidisciplinary human trafficking task force. Also available on the portal is an interactive course for sworn law enforcement on frontline response to child sex trafficking.

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 Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Program

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and partnering with AEquitas and John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY), the IACP will increase the capabilities of BJA-funded Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Human Trafficking Task Forces and other communities combatting human trafficking by providing coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA). TTA delivered will focus on supporting innovative investigative and prosecutorial techniques; enhancing existing, developing new, and delivering in-person and online training; and collaborating with other Department of Justice (DOJ) TTA providers to ensure support to the ECM task forces and to the field at large is customized to meet identified needs. Comprehensive and coordinated TTA for the ECM Task Forces will aid in: increasing awareness and prioritization of all types of HT cases; supporting a proactive approach to investigating and prosecuting HT cases; enhancing victim-centered, trauma-informed approaches; implementing investigative and prosecutorial best practices; and refining evaluation and analytical capacity to regularly examine the successes and challenges of HT Task Force operations.

Enhancing Law Enforcement Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Operations

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 is conducting a comprehensive analysis of task force training and technical assistance needs and is matching those needs with available resources and the coordination of targeted TTA to support innovative investigative and prosecutorial techniques. Additionally, IACP is working with the task forces by enhancing existing trainings, providing peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and emphasizing evidence-based, best practices. The TTA emphasizes the importance of effective collaboration among task force partners, data collection, and analysis.

If your agency or jurisdiction would like information on starting an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, please refer to the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide for guidance.

More information on IACP’s national training and technical assistance resources for anti-human trafficking efforts can be found here.

Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Force Map

ECM Map

More information on the Enhanced Collaborative Model can be found here.  

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 project is supported by Grant Nos. 2017 VT-BX-K101 and 2015-VT-BX-K001 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.

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