Human Trafficking Training

The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. The yearly profits generated by the human trafficking industry is 34 billion dollars, second only to drug trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its re authorization enhances pre-existing criminal penalties, affords new protection to trafficking victims, and make available certain benefits and services to victims of several forms of trafficking. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory have enacted anti-trafficking laws. Furthermore, 34 states have enacted Safe Harbor Legislation. While there is a distinction between sex and labor trafficking, it is important to realize that the line between the two concepts is often blurry. Sexual abuse is a common form of coercion in labor trafficking cases, and many individuals trafficked for sexual exploitation are also trafficked for labor.

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.

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 a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

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 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 combating these crimes. This course is designed to increase the attendant’s awareness and teach victim indicators, victim outreach, enhanced collaborative investigation models, dimensions of human trafficking conspiracies, and protocols and strategies for detection and investigation.


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 a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

Human Trafficking Training for State Prosecutors


This training course provides a statistical overview of human trafficking in the United States, the legal framework, and case studies for successful prosecutions.  There is also discussion on victim recruitment and the victim-centered approach of proactive investigations allowing for effective law enforcement approaches to interviewing alleged victims.  Time will be spent on dealing with grand jury issues, prepping the victim for trial, looking at pre-trial issues, witness order, opening statements,  and developing prosecutorial strategies for taking cases to trial. (This training was developed in association with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.)

To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259.  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 a component of the Office of Justice Programs.

Human Trafficking Training for State Judges


This training is designed to enhance the effectiveness of state judicial systems to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases under state law.  The "Human Trafficking Training for State Judges" training will assist trial judges in understanding the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act (TVPA) and its reauthorizations in the U.S., state laws regarding human trafficking, defining all types of human trafficking, perpetrator and victim issues, victim trauma considerations, immigration issues, penalties, sentencing issues, restitution and forfeiture.  This initiative is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and practices of state judges and prosecutors, and build the capacity of State Judicial Systems to address the crime of Human Trafficking.

To host this training, please contact Dennis Cusick at dcusick@umcpi.org or 651-917-2259.  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 a component of the Office of Justice Programs.
 
Online Introduction to Human Trafficking Awareness

Officers can now access the online version (updated 2016) 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.  

CLICK HERE TO START THE ON-LINE TRAININGThis project was supported by Grant No. 2012-VT-BX-K015 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

* All of the above listed training programs are funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance 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.