Human Trafficking Training

The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. While accurate statistics are difficult to establish, it is estimated that 15,000 to 18,000 people, primarily women and children are trafficked to the U.S. annually. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its reauthorizations enhance preexisting criminal penalties, afford new protection to trafficking victims, and make available certain benefits and services to victims of severe forms of trafficking. Furthermore, all 50 states have state statutes that address human trafficking which will result in a greater number of state prosecutions as human trafficking task forces and local law enforcement build cases against all forms of trafficking.

UMCPI is honored to have received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Victims of Crime to combat the crime of human trafficking through the following initiatives.


Advanced Human Trafficking Investigation Training

This course is designed for Law Enforcement Officers, Investigators, and Human Trafficking Task Force members who are assigned to investigate human trafficking cases.  Special emphasis is placed on advanced investigation skill development using an enhanced collaborative model and structured case planning, with an understanding that the victim is the key focus of case coordination dynamics. Case studies graphically illustrate successful case management.

Advanced Human Trafficking Investigations - Upcoming Courses:

Date:  June 22-24, 2015
Location:  Fargo, ND
Hosted by:  FUSE ND - A Force to End Human Sexual Exploitation
Time:  Registration 7:30 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
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Date:  August 3-5, 2015

Location:  New Haven, CT
Hosted by:  New Haven Police Department, Univ. of New Haven Dept. of Forensic Science and DCF
Time:  Registration 7:30 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
For registration information, contact czoul@umcpi.org or call 651-287-7441

Date:  September 2-4, 2015
Location:  Daytona Beach, FL

Hosted by:  The Volusia County Sheriff's Office
Time:  Registration 7:30 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
For registration information, contact czoul@umcpi.org or call 651-287-7441

Date:  November 16-18, 2015 
Location:  El Paso, TX
Hosted by:  The Texas Department of Public Safety
Time:  Registration 7:30 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
For registration information, contact czoul@umcpi.org or call 651-287-7441

To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-VT-BX-K00 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the 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 represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.


Human Trafficking in Native American Communities Training


This one day tribal training brings together tribal law enforcement, tribal leaders and community stakeholders to address the issue of human trafficking in Indian Country.

Human Trafficking (HT) in Native American tribal communities and native villages is a significant and expanding problem that includes sex trafficking and forced labor. The victims of this crime are adults and children, both male and female. The unique, independent structure of native communities contributes to complex cultural and jurisdictional issues for tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in combatting these crimes.

Tribal Law Enforcement, Tribal Leaders and Community Stakeholders -- Morning Session

The morning session is specifically designed for tribal law enforcement, tribal leaders and community stakeholders who desire to increase their awareness of this issue and take a proactive stance against human trafficking and its exploitative activities on tribal lands. This session features three primary components and includes:

Awareness – definitions, laws, scope of the problem, signs, symptoms
Victim Outreach – tribal leaders, tribal council members, tribal police departments, Indian health and social service providers
Education - specific training and technical assistance programs designed to reach tribal leaders, social and service agencies and tribal law enforcement to increase their capacity to address the contemporary issue of human trafficking in Indian Country.

Tribal Law Enforcement -- Afternoon Session

This session is exclusively for law enforcement who may investigate an HT case or may discover an HT case during the course of their duties. Special emphasis is placed on the development of investigation skills and case coordination with an understanding that the victim is the key focus of the investigation. Case studies graphically illustrate successful investigations. This session features three primary components and includes:

Protocols – Proper protocols when confronting possible human trafficking on the reservation
Practices— Enhanced collaborative investigation model
Procedures – Strategies and techniques for the detection and investigation of the crime of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking in Indian Country - Upcoming Courses:

Date:  June 11, 2015
Location:  Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by:  AZ Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol
Contact czoul@umcpi.org or 651.287.7441 for information

Date:  July 15, 2015
Location:  Morton, MN

Hosted by:  Lower Sioux Indian Community and Rasmussen College
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To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259


Human Trafficking in Indian Country-Tribal Youth Prevention Curriculum


This two-day train-the-trainer course provides resources and training to adults who serve tribal youth and desire to: 1) increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of tribal youth to identify the threats of human trafficking and 2) identify resources that would strengthen protective factors and decrease the risk of victimization.

Adults who attend this class will receive:  An overview of human trafficking, including awareness training specific to Native American communities; training to deliver the Prevention Curriculum, including lesson plans and instructional materials to support training of tribal youth; and continued coaching, mentoring and technical assistance as they train tribal youth in their community.

After attending this course, adult facilitators will be prepared to deliver the curriculum to tribal youth ages 13-18.  The Prevention Curriculum teaches human trafficking prevention strategies, is culturally supportive, uses interactive activities, and prepares tribal youth to be role models in their communities.

To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259. 

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2012-VT-BX-K015 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the 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 Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.



Human Trafficking Training for State Prosecutors

This training is designed to familiarize prosecutors and their law enforcement partners with their own state laws regarding human trafficking. The first day will include an overview of human trafficking, an introduction to the legal framework – international, national, and state – regarding trafficking in persons, partnership models, victim issues, investigatory and interviewing techniques, and prosecutorial theories and practices. The second day will be a workshop for prosecutors only with an ethics discussion based on a human trafficking case study.  (This training was developed in association with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.)

Courses Scheduled:

Date:  January 20-21, 2015
Location:  Bismark, ND


Date:  April 9-10, 2015
Location:  Nashville, TN

Date:  April 16-17, 2015
Location:  Manchester, New Hampshire

Date:  June 15-16, 2015
Location:  Reno, NV


Date:  July 20-21, 2015
Location:  Wahpeton, ND


For information on scheduled classes or to host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at 651-917-2259 or dcusick@umcpi.org

This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-VT-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the 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 SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.




Human Trafficking for State Judge

This training will assist trial judges in understanding the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), human trafficking in the U.S., state laws regarding human trafficking, perpetrators and victims, immigration issues, penalties, sentencing issues, restitution and forfeiture. The curriculum was developed to be presented in three to five hours (depending upon the pace of the faculty member and interactive teaching methods). The curriculum is designed for use at a national conference, but it can be modified for state or local judicial conferences. (This training was developed in association with the National Judicial College.) 



Online Human Trafficking for State Judges


This 1.25-hour webcast is for state trial judges who will confront these cases as task forces and law enforcement attack the problem. After participating in the webcast, judges will be able to: 1) Describe how the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 and subsequent state laws that it has inspired have changed previous definitions of slavery; 2) Define how force, fraud, and coercion are employed against victims in modern human trafficking cases; and 3) Apply human trafficking statutes to case studies.  (This training was developed in association with the National Judicial College.)  Re-funding for the Human Trafficking For State Judges is under consideration at this time.



Online Introduction to Human Trafficking Awareness

Officers can now access the online version (updated 2014) of the basic “Introduction to Human Trafficking” training course. The web-based multimedia lessons are designed to engage the interest of learners, using graphics, animations, photography, audio components, video content, interactive exercises, and hyperlinks to provide a learning experience that far surpasses traditional text-oriented information presentation styles. A Learning Management System (LMS) facilitates learner progress through the training.  Upon completion, learners can self-generate a training certificate representing 4 training contact hours. By arrangement, the classes can be imported into an agency’s existing LMS.

 Class 1 – Awareness of Human Trafficking - This class is an overview of the problem of human trafficking in the United States. Its emphasis is on understanding the scope of the problem and the legal framework in place to help address it.

 Class 2 – Responding to Human Trafficking - This class is an overview of the basics of law enforcement response to human trafficking situations. Its emphasis is on adopting a victim centered approach to achieve successful conclusions in trafficking cases, to include victim rescue and care and trafficker prosecution.

As of July 2014 nearly 30,000 law enforcement officers have completed this training course.  

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-VT-BX-K015 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the 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 Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.