Investigating and Prosecuting Labor Trafficking: Exploitation for the Sake of the Bottom Line

Webinar Recording

Presented by Bridgette Carr, Clinical Professor/Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, University of Michigan Law School and Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas

Labor trafficking, involuntary servitude, and debt bondage are crimes that occur at the federal, state, and local level. Victims who are in plain view are difficult to identify as a result of pervasive intimidation while others may be held captive in private residences and businesses across the United States. Trafficking manifests in many areas of the labor market – including but not limited to – manufacturing, agriculture, construction, entertainment, service industries and domestic labor, often overlapping with sexual violence. It is critical to provide victims of labor trafficking with community-based advocacy and support services while allowing law enforcement to focus on holding offender and business entities accountable.

The predatory nature of trafficking must inform the process of identifying, investigating, and prosecuting these difficult cases. This webinar highlighted the importance of collaboration with allied professionals to support a victim-centered response and an offender-focused approach. It will also explored a variety of best practices and provided law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools to refine their own strategies.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.

CLE Credits
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Click here to view the recording of the March 7, 2014 webinar.

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