From Barriers to Solutions: Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking
Presented by Jennifer Gentile Long, Director, AEquitas, and Colleen Owens, Research Associate, Urban Institute
Human trafficking thrives in rural, suburban, and urban jurisdictions across the country because it is routinely undetected, overlooked or misidentified. The common misconception that “we don’t have human trafficking in our jurisdiction” leads many criminal justice system professionals to fail to recognize common indicators of human trafficking. Further, a lack of coordination between the criminal justice system and community-based programs results in a lack of victim identification and offender accountability. While our ability to identify offenders and victims has improved, there are still significant gaps in the justice system’s response to human trafficking.
In April 2012, researchers from the Urban Institute and Northeastern University released the report, “Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Cases,” highlighting challenges to — and recommendations to improve —human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. The report addresses complex challenges in addition to offering numerous recommendations following an in-depth study that examined twelve jurisdictions across the United States. Click here to read the full report.
This webinar recording highlights key findings from the report and offer solutions for overcoming some of the barriers enhancing victim identification and safety, and increasing offender accountability through the effective investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.
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, judges, etc. are encouraged to view the recording.
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 April 5, 2013 webinar.
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