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Training and Education

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This committee is charged with reviewing existing training efforts for professionals and determining how those efforts can be enhanced and expanded.  These professionals include various groups who may encounter human trafficking such as: law enforcement, health care providers, social-service providers, hospitality providers, and those in code enforcement and regulatory agencies.

2021 Committee Reports

After developing and adopting guidelines for evaluation of third-party trainings in 2020, the Training and Education Committee focused on implementing the evaluation process by reviewing a number of training materials on human trafficking for various professional audiences.  The Committee had identified a number of online publicly available training sources.

Throughout 2021, the Committee evaluated and recommended posting of a number of valuable trainings.  The full Commission approved and recommended the following trainings for posting on the Commission webpage: 

  • “Mapping Exploitation – Escort Services,” by Measurable Change, a two-hour online interactive training;
  • “Addressing Human Trafficking in Healthcare Settings,” by University of Michigan Human Trafficking Collaborative, a two-hour online training with CEUs;
  • “The Crime of Human Trafficking,” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), including a series of Roll-Call Training Videos consisting of three short videos
    • Defining the Crime,
    • Identifying and Responding,
    • Investigating and Interviewing 

together with a more extensive resource: “A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation.”  

The Committee will continue to identify, evaluate, and recommend for posting on the Commission’s training website additional valuable human trafficking training for professionals.

The Commission also approved a Commission sponsored training: “Sex Trafficking Investigations for Law Enforcement: Sleuthing Force, Fraud or Coercion–Dispelling the “Consensual” Myth.”  This training was a culmination of ongoing conversations across the Policy and Legislation, Victim Services, and Funding and Resources committees. The training is expected to be developed by early 2022 and offered early in the year. 

Also stemming from collaboration with the Policy and Legislative Committee, early planning is underway on creating a training for the defense bar for those who may be (unknowingly) representing victims of sex trafficking with a view toward highlighting statutory protections available for sex trafficking victims.