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Human Trafficking: A Guide to Detecting, Investigating, and Punishing Modern Day Slavery

A 2003 reference written by Bharathi A Venkatraman, Federal Prosecutor and Special Counsel for Trafficking in Persons, Civil Right Division, U.S. Department of Justice originally published in Police Chief Magazine.

Identifying Challenges to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of State and Local Human Trafficking Cases

A 2012 research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice by the Northeastern University Institute on Race and Justice and the Urban Institute Justice Police Center. This report is intended to identify and recommend strategies to overcome barriers to local investigation and prosecution of human trafficking

COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Report “Exploitation of Trafficked Women”

A 2006 COPS report, part of the Problem-Specific Guide Series (which aims to summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems). This report focuses on women who have been trafficked into the U.S. and the aspects of human trafficking that contribute to it.

Department of Justice’s “Guide to Equitable Sharing for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies”

A 2009 guide seeking to assist state and local law enforcement participating in The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program by clarifying directives they must follow to obtain and use equitably shared funds.

The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation by: International Association of Chiefs of Police

A guide by the International Association of Chiefs of Police submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This guide focuses on identification and investigation, and includes additional resources (including resources for technical assistance).

Understanding and Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Human Trafficking by: Northeastern University, Institute on Race and Justice

A 2008 report by the Northeastern University Institute of Race and Justice submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report aims to provide local law enforcement with the necessary tools by addressing perceptions of human trafficking, frequency with which law enforcement identifies human trafficking, the characteristics of those cases investigated by law enforcement, and the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.

Law Enforcement Response to Human Trafficking and the Implication for Victims: Current Practices and Lessons Learned

A 2006 research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice by CALIBER (an ICF International Company) regarding an exploratory study to examine the understanding of human trafficking among law enforcement agencies currently working on the issue, provide an overview of how law enforcement agencies are responding to trafficking, and highlight the implications of this response for trafficking victims.

Introduction to Human Trafficking: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals

This guide by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force provides an introduction to the reality of human trafficking, tools for successfully spotting the crime through interdiction, and resources for connecting victims to services. The contents of the guide include federal and Texas state human trafficking laws, trafficking scenarios, victim identification information, approaches for interacting with and helping human trafficking victims, and ideas for creating a response plan.

Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers

A list of organizations doing training and giving technical assistance in the area of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking and assisting victims.

Human Trafficking Task Force Guide, developed by the Office of Victims of Crime at the Department of justice.

This provides guidance and how to form and operate a human trafficking task force as well as lessons learned.

Human Trafficking Manual for Law Enforcement

A law enforcement training manual by Office of New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, including federal and state law for both sex and labor trafficking. The manual covers victim assistance, investigation procedures (including types of evidence), case development, interview guidance, additional resources and a glossary of terms.

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