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 6-8, 2016
Location:  Taylor, MI
Time:  Registration 7:30 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch on your own)
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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, scope of the problem, laws, jurisdictional issues
Tribal Communities at Risk -- signs and symptoms, victim indicators
Victim Outreach – tribal leaders, tribal council members, tribal police departments, Indian health and social service providers

Tribal Law Enforcement -- Afternoon Session

This session is designed for law enforcement and their partners 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:

Practices— Enhanced collaborative investigation model and the three stages of a pro-active human trafficking investigation
Dimensions of a Human Trafficking Conspiracy – exploitation on the street, on-line, and on the phone
Protocols -- for victim interviews, strategies and techniques for the detection and investigation of the crime of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking in Indian Country - Upcoming Courses:
Date:  July 12, 2016
Location:  Rapid City, SD
Hosted by:  The Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Call to Freedom SD
Time:  Registration 7:45 am; Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact czoul@umcpi.org or 651.287.7441 for additional information.


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.)

Re-funding for delivery of Human Trafficking Training for State Prosecutors is under consideration at this time.

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.



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.