Why local law enforcement training is key to fighting human trafficking - the fastest growing crime in the world?
Though Washington has been home to a well-organized federally funded human trafficking task force (WashACT –Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking), the coordination of both national and local government and organizations is a critical element of anti-trafficking success. This is a winning strategy advocated by the Campaign to Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Trafficking perpetrators and victims are often involved in traditional crimes or illegal activities. Traditional law enforcement training recognizes them as prostitutes, pimps, kidnappers, employers hiring illegal immigrants, etc. Training law enforcement to look beneath the surface is the KEY to uncover the darker side of these criminal activities - human trafficking.
Local police are often the first responders to potential trafficking victims and perpetrators. Training law enforcement to communicate effectively with victims and detect potential perpetrators will help fight modern-day slavery in our state.
- Training Resources provided by the International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Guidelines for Department of Justice personnel on how to treat crime victims and witnesses
- Administration for Children and Families Tool Kit For Law Enforcement Officers
- Resource Overview
- Tips for Identifying trafficking crime victims
- Screening Questions to Assess Whether a Person is a Trafficking Victim
- Understanding the Mindset of a Trafficking Victim
- Communicating With Victims of Human Trafficking
- Tips for Identifying and Interacting with Victims of Human Trafficking
- PowerPoint Presentation for Law Enforcement Officers
- Law Enforcement Pocket Card Law Enforcement Pocket Card