Human trafficking is a global problem that generates billions of dollars in profit. Commonly misconstrued to be a criminal activity involving undocumented immigrants, human trafficking is on the rise in the United States, and 80% of its identified victims are US citizens. This webinar captures the complexity of human trafficking, misconceptions and challenges related to it, and the recommendations and strategies on how to address this complicated issue.
Kevin Morison and Stephany Powell lead this session’s discussion. Kevin has three decades as a civilian in the law enforcement and criminal justice professions working on communications, research, and policy, and is the Chief Program Officer for Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Stephany likewise has a background in law enforcement, heading the LAPD’s Vice Unit prior to retirement. She is currently the Director of Law Enforcement Training and Survivor Services for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE).
Specifics of this course include:
- An overview on the PERF and the NCOSE and their initiatives for human trafficking.
- Facts and figures that highlight the extent of human trafficking in terms of the regions impacted, money generated, and lives affected.
- A look into the various typologies and misconceptions on this criminal activity.
- The challenge that law enforcement is facing due to the lack of understanding, training, experience, and resources.
- The need for an integrated approach across stakeholders that are involved in response, advocacy, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking cases.
- PERF’s efforts to unpack human trafficking which resulted in a report that outlines the steps to take to effectively combat it.
- The need for stakeholders and its leaders to recognize the problem, prioritize the need to manage it, and use data and share information to understand the complexity of the issue.
- Developing policies and training to educate law enforcement on the intricacies of human trafficking and the trauma that its victims are subjected to.
- Incorporating victim service providers and applying a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach when working with survivors of human trafficking.
- Leveraging technology to identify perpetrators and victims.
- Employing task forces, collaborative efforts, and alternative strategies to build a robust case, facilitate successful prosecution, and protect the victims.
- Understanding what it entails to be truly victim-centered and trauma-informed.
- Effective human trafficking training that equips those within the criminal justice field with the knowledge to successfully prosecute traffickers while attending to victim needs.
- The crucial component of partnerships and collaboration to provide the best outcomes for the victim and the investigation and prosecution.
- The need for a cultural shift to address human trafficking on a holistic level by reducing the demand and not just arresting those who supply.
Points raised during the Q&A were about:
- Terminologies used.
- How John Schools reduce the demand aspect to sex trafficking while providing funding for victims and the service providers.
- Spotting potential human trafficking activity in bank transactions.
- Preventing potential human trafficking brought about by developments in tribal lands.
Other Webinars with this Presenting Organization
- March 16: Local Strategies To Combat the Global Problem of Human Trafficking (this webinar)
- April 1: Police Response to Homelessness
- Sept 28: Re-imagining Police Academy Training
- Oct 7: Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles
Handouts and Resources
- “I think the presenters did a great job of getting a lot of information about numbers and terms that some may not realize about human trafficking. I really enjoyed listening today, thank you for your time!” — Travis
- “It was a very interesting topic that is that does not have enough training on the topic. What to look for in possible trafficking cases and places that tend to be used for trafficking. I like having the additional resources to look up and learn more.” — Sandra
- “Excellent speakers, excellent content. Really enjoyed it.” — Nathalie
- “I learned a lot of things I didn’t know about human trafficking.” — Stephanie
- “I’ve taken many of the sex trafficking webinars, but I did learn something new about the “John’s School”. I had no idea that was even a thing. Both Kevin and Stephany were excellent speakers and gave lots of great information and statistics. Really loved that Stephany added in her personal experiences with her time at LAPD as well.” — Michelle
- “The webinar was very informative and I love the awareness you guys are bringing to the community. I learned a new word and its meaning today. Greenlit!” — Joann
- “I liked how the presenters talked about the cultural and racial aspects of trying to combat human trafficking. I think it is a topic that needs to be discussed more in detail.” — Jade
- “Incredibly important topic. Victims of human trafficking need a sustained multi-discipline effort to save them and combat the crime. The first step in knowledge.” — Jeff