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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.

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.

Human trafficking is a complex problem. Enhance your capacity to respond.
 
Take Action. 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.
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Have you found yourself asking any of these questions lately?

  • How do I collaborate with survivors to ensure our program is truly trauma informed and survivor centered?
  • How do I engage law enforcement in my community so they take me seriously?
  • How do we support survivors with needs we don’t know how to meet?

Working with survivors of human trafficking can be complicated and challenging. Survivors often have urgent needs that must be met. What if you could meet the needs of those you serve more effectively?

Did you know that OVC TTAC offers free training and technical assistance to organizations working on human trafficking?

Talk to a Technical Assistance Specialist today about the challenges facing your organization.

Email humantrafficking@ovcttac.org or call 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822).

DID YOU KNOW? Creating conditions of trust and respect will help victims reclaim their lives and move toward self-sufficiency and independence. All victims deserve to feel safe and supported. Service providers convey pertinent information to victims so that they can make informed choices about services they wish to obtain, working with law enforcement, legal and immigration remedies, and other options. Victim-centered approaches focus on empowerment and choice rather than coercion and dependency. Learn more »

 

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Victim-centered, trauma-informed services are central to meeting the wide array of needs experienced by trafficking victims. Coordination and collaboration are critical in responding to this diverse population as no one provider can meet all of the needs of all types of trafficking victims. Visit Faces of Human Trafficking to download related materials.

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Have you found yourself asking any of these questions lately?

  • How do I effectively approach victims so they will talk to me?
  • How do I succeed in getting my prosecutor to take on this case?
  • How do I know what to investigate if victims aren’t coming forward?

Investigating cases of human trafficking can be a complicated and challenging task. Victims are afraid to talk, making cases hard to prosecute. What if you could investigate cases proactively leading to effective prosecutions?

Did you know that OVC TTAC offers free training and technical assistance to agencies working on human trafficking?

Talk to a Technical Assistance Specialist today about the challenges facing your agency.

Email humantrafficking@ovcttac.org or call 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822).

DID YOU KNOW? Prosecutors and law enforcement can experience challenges in successfully bringing human trafficking cases to closure. Working closely with local and federal law enforcement partners and victim service providers will play a role in overcoming challenges, making it more likely that perpetrators are brought to justice. Learn more »

 

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Proactive investigations that use a variety of evidence rather than relying solely on victim testimony are more likely to end with successful prosecutions. Visit Faces of Human Trafficking to download related materials.

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Have you found yourself asking any of these questions lately?

  • How can our task force reach survivors who don't ask for help?
  • How do we get resources to support our task force operations?
  • How can collaboration help us prosecute more cases?

Collaborating on human trafficking cases can be a complicated and challenging task. Service providers, law enforcement and prosecutors have different priorities and various ways of operating. Does your task force proactively investigate and refer victims for trauma informed care? What if someone could share best practices with your task force for serving victims, investigating cases, and effectively prosecuting traffickers?

Did you know that OVC TTAC offers free training and technical assistance to task forces working on human trafficking?

Talk to a Technical Assistance Specialist today about the challenges facing your organization.

Email humantrafficking@ovcttac.org or call 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822).

DID YOU KNOW? The operations of a human trafficking task force demand effective leadership and a unified commitment to the mission and the team. The formation of such a task force is a pursuit of justice, justice for the victim through an attempt at restoration of freedom and well-being, and justice for society through the successful prosecution of perpetrators. Learn more »

 

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Task forces and other multidisciplinary initiatives demonstrate how collaboration is needed to serve victims of trafficking effectively, bring traffickers to justice, and build a community’s capacity. Visit Faces of Human Trafficking to download related materials.

Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs

This five-part webinar series offers strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors. This webinar series is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, Office on Violence Against Women, and Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Family Violence Prevention and Services Program; and State Justice Institute's Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative.

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September 24, 2015 1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session identifies court-based strategies to address the needs of trafficking victims and understand the role and significance of the court and judicial leadership in developing a response to human trafficking; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.
August 13, 2015 1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session shares examples of successful law enforcement collaborations; explains the overlap between human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.
July 9, 2015 1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session identifies effective collaboration strategies that leverage culturally specific resources on behalf of survivors; explains the overlap between human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.
June 18, 2015 1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session explores strategies for promoting collaboration while protecting confidentiality; explains the overlap between human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.
May 28, 2015 1.5 hours Listen/View Webinar
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This session explains the overlap between human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.

Capacity Building Webinars for Human Trafficking Service Providers

The following webinars provide information on key services and strategies for victim service providers working with survivors of human trafficking. These are pre-recorded and available to view at your convenience.

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September 29, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session explores the effects of substance use as a coping tool, service barrier, and mechanism of control experienced by survivors of human trafficking. Participants learn practical skills to better provide trauma informed services including advocacy, safety planning, documentation, referral, and program accommodation. The webinar features a presentation by Kendra Harding, Program Coordinator with New Options for Women, a program of Lifeworks NW in Portland, Oregon.
August 18, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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The session highlights how some agencies have forged creative and strategic partnerships with hotel brands, local public housing authorities, and federal agencies to streamline and expand access to emergency and long term shelter resources on behalf of trafficking survivors. This webinar features presentations from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), about plans for an upcoming pilot program in Chicago, IL which will designate up to 60 vouchers for survivors of trafficking to access housing in the private market.
July 21, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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Three members of the team that worked toward the prosecution and conviction of Mohammad Sharif Alaboudi in 2013 discuss their involvement in the case. The session highlights the complex vulnerabilities associated with trafficking of native minor and adult victims, and evaluates cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts. Speakers identify lessons learned from the case study that contributed to a successful conviction and to diverse short and long term outcomes for survivors.
May 19, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on best practices for training and engaging volunteers for their human trafficking programs.
April 21, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on understanding the continuum of work place exploitation from labor trafficking to wage theft and the role of the Department of Labor in investigating workplace crimes.
February 18, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on how multidisciplinary, long-term collaboration is vital to uncovering hidden human trafficking cases, how various disciplines may have competing interests and pressures and can still collaborate, and how task forces can consider a broad definition of success as defined by the survivor.
January 21, 2016 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on the different methods of program evaluation, ways for constructing surveys relevant to human trafficking, and analyzing feedback from clients.

Please note that TIMS Online is an internal database for the Office for Victims of Crime that is only used by OVC Human Trafficking Program Grantees.
November 19, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on the findings in San Diego State University's recent report on labor trafficking.
September 17, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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The session highlights why victims of human trafficking need post-conviction relief, Vacatur law and other post-conviction relief, and important considerations for post-conviction legal work on behalf of trafficked clients.
August 20, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session highlights what is survivor informed programming, how to utilize survivor informed practices in organization programming and how to integrate these practices in case management during a client intake, and short-term and long-term service provision.
July 30, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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 victim-centered sex trafficking case involving victims who are minors, how law enforcement, the prosecutor, and child protection entity can coordinate and collaborate throughout a case, challenges and strengths in coordinating and collaborating, how the Illinois safe harbor law come into play in the case, who were the players involved, what challenges did law enforcement face regarding jurisdiction, and the state and federal collaboration on the investigation of the case.

Note: Due to a technical glitch, the first 15 minutes of the presentation was not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please refer to the PowerPoint file for slides from the missing portion of the presentation.
May 14, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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This session focuses on what is the Public Workforce System and the resources available through its One Stop Career Centers, tips on how to navigate the Public Workforce System and its One Stop Career Centers on behalf of survivors, and special programs and opportunities for minors and foreign nationals through the Public Workforce System.
February 19, 2015 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
September 18, 2014 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
August 21, 2014 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
July 17, 2014 1 hour Listen/View Webinar
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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.
June 19, 2014 1 hour View PowerPoint
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.
April 17, 2014 1 hour View PowerPoint
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.

The Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide, developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is an e-learning tool providing:

  • Guidance on how to form and develop new human trafficking task forces
  • Ideas to strengthen existing human trafficking task forces
  • Creative strategies, examples, and lessons learned from existing task forces
  • Links to tools, trainings, and resources, including case studies

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties, please contact OVC TTAC at HumanTrafficking@ovcttac.org or 1-866-OVC-TTAC (1-866-682-8822).

Let Others Know About This Resource
Download Flier (pdf, 220KB) to print and distribute.
Link to Us from your Web site.
Download Launch Packet (includes all resources and sample e-blast).

For more information or questions about the e-Guide, please e-mail HumanTrafficking@ovcttac.org.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide