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Human Trafficking

OVC TTAC provides practitioner-driven, evidence-based training and technical assistance (TTA) that is responsive to the particular needs of victim service providers, their communities, and the victims they serve, including a specific focus on human trafficking. The types of TTA include tailored, onsite consultations and trainings in response to specific requests, professional development scholarships, crime victim scholarships, and a number of online resources, including our e-Guide for newly formed and established multidisciplinary task forces.

We provide training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders by supporting the work of OVC Human Trafficking grantees, promoting collaboration and communication among human trafficking task forces, and building capacity among general victim service providers, allied professionals, and the general public.

If you are a service provider or organization of any kind, please reach out to humantrafficking@ovcttac.org and ask how we can help you get the training you need to combat human trafficking in your community. Follow the links below for some of the ways in which we can support your human trafficking efforts.

Examples of types of support from OVC TTAC:

  • OVC TTAC team provides phone and 6-hour on-site technical assistance consultation to members of a multidisciplinary group interested in forming an human trafficking task force in Ohio. The TA addressed various issues such as task force structure and formation, leadership, and membership.
  • OVC TTAC sends an expert consultant to South Carolina to train approximately 200 mental health care providers, legislators, law enforcement personnel, hotel staff, and other allied professionals on the identification of human trafficking victims. OVC TTAC maintains a consultant database of subject matter experts and trainers nationwide who are selected for TTAs.
  • OVC TTAC provides financial support and facilitates a group of task force members from Texas to visit and shadow an human trafficking victim service organization in Georgia to help the task force design a statewide protocol for comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.
  • OVC TTAC provides scholarship funding to a victim advocate specialist to attend a professional human trafficking conference that builds the advocate’s capacity to better serve human trafficking victims.

The following Webinars are pre-recorded and available to view at your convenience.

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This session focusses on what civil legal remedies are available to human trafficking survivors through state and federal laws, criminal restitution available at the federal level and tips on how to advocate for these types of remedies.
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This session focuses on confidentiality and privilege issues that need to be considered from a case manager, social worker, and attorney's perspective in serving survivors, how to talk to clients about those issues, common case management and victim service challenges surrounding confidentially and privilege, and strategies to address them.
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This session focuses on how to identify a human trafficking victim with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD), how to talk to clients about those issues, common case management and victim service challenges surrounding confidentially and privilege and strategies to address them, tips for communicating with a human trafficking victim with an I/DD, and resources to utilize when working with a human trafficking victim with an I/DD.
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This session guides participants through a domestic servitude labor trafficking case study. The session highlights strategies in identifying and building a labor trafficking case, similarities and differences in collaborating between law enforcement and victim service providers in a sex trafficking case vs. labor trafficking case, working with foreign national vs. U.S. citizen survivors, and challenges faced when bringing a labor trafficking case to a prosecutor.
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This session focuses on the eligibility requirements for a T and U Visa, key differences, necessary documents and evidence required in a T and U Visa application, and when and how to coordinate with law enforcement and prosecutors in the T and U Visa process.
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This session highlights challenges in obtaining shelter and housing for human trafficking victims and how to address those challenges, how to get creative in addressing housing options, types of non-traditional partnerships, and different considerations in responding to victims in rural, suburban and urban settings.

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Resources for Service Providers, Task Forces, & General Public

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide

This e-learning tool offers human trafficking task forces and allied professionals practical information on the creation and day-to-day operations of task forces, as well as essential knowledge they need to effectively identify and assist victims and to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases.

VictimLaw
VictimLaw

VictimLaw is a user-friendly database of victims’ rights laws. This is a useful tool for service providers to find information on victims’ rights laws in their jurisdiction. It also contains several legal provisions relating to human trafficking currently in effect.

Directory of TTA Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers
Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers

This directory was developed by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as a resource for practitioners and task forces seeking to expand and enhance their knowledge of anti-human trafficking practices. It contains a comprehensive list of anti-human trafficking distance learning, in-person training, and training by request opportunities, and location/contact information.