Human Trafficking: A Trauma-Informed Response to a Complex Crime – Self-Study Course

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December 15, 2021 to December 31, 2024

Human trafficking is a criminal phenomenon that occurs in the vast majority of U.S. communities, with labor trafficking even more prevalent than sex trafficking.

Landmark federal legislation – the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations – enhances criminal penalties, provides civil remedies, and affords new protection to trafficking victims. As of 2014, all 50 states have enacted state anti-trafficking statutes, which will result in a greater number of state prosecutions as human trafficking task forces and local law enforcement build cases against all forms of trafficking. This course has six modules.

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During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define human trafficking and explain why the phenomenon occurs;
  • Summarize why victims respond as they do and identify the risk factors that enable human trafficking to proliferate;
  • summarize the legal issues that human trafficking present to the courts;
  • Describe how courts can provide leadership in combating human trafficking;
  • Develop trauma informed and procedurally just courtrooms and organize the legal and social services response; and
  • Create an action plan to confront the problem.

The course was created in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation, the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The National Judicial College appreciates the financial support of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions, and the State Justice Institute. Without that funding, the course would not be possible.

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Landmark federal legislation – the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations – enhances criminal penalties, provides civil remedies, and affords new protection to trafficking victims. As of 2014, all 50 states have enacted state anti-trafficking statutes, which will result in a greater number of state prosecutions as human trafficking task forces and local law enforcement build cases against all forms of trafficking. This course has six modules.

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