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The Core Team Model

The "core" team model is a common task force structure in which, typically, law enforcement, service providers, and a prosecutor comprise the central or core team that guides other members. Members of the core team should assess results, stay aligned with the mission, and have the authority to commit the organization and themselves to a long-term relationship with the task force. A reasonable size for a core team is generally five to seven participants.

Depending on the mission and purpose of the task force, the core team may include representatives from the following professions:

  • State or federal court systems
  • Defense attorneys
  • Local, regional, or state law enforcement
  • Victim service providers, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), social service agencies, and/or legal service agencies already working with victims of trafficking
  • Prosecutors (U.S. Attorney’s Office, state and/or district prosecutor’s office)
  • Federal law enforcement (FBI, ICE, Homeland Security Investigations)
  • Child welfare or child protection agencies
  • Juvenile justice and diversion programs
  • Social service agency, legal service agency, and/or NGO working with runaway and homeless youth or at-risk youth
  • Social service agency,  legal service agency, and/or NGO working with domestic violence or sexual assault victims
  • Social service agency, legal service agency, and/or NGO working with immigrants

A typical core team task force model is depicted below.

Core Team Model


For additional information and tools, visit the Resource page for Chapter 2: Forming A Task Force