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
This course is designed for Law Enforcement Officers, Investigators, and Human Trafficking Task Force members who are assigned to investigate human trafficking cases through advanced intelligence collection, development and dissemination. Special emphasis is placed on investigation skill development and an enhanced case coordination and collaborative model with an understanding that the victim is the key focus of case coordination dynamics. Case studies graphically illustrate successful case management.
Advance Human Trafficking Investigations - Upcoming Course:
Dates: February 10-12, 2014
Location: Tucson, AZ
Hosted by: The Pima County Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office
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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 (8:00am—12:00 noon)
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 exploitive 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 (1:00—5:00 pm)
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.
Please check back for future classes. If you would like to host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at firstname.lastname@example.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.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-VT-BX-K002 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.
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.)
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.)
Upcoming webinars: New dates soon to be scheduled
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.
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