Human Trafficking Investigations – All Crimes Approach™

Advanced Human Trafficking Investigations Law Enforcement Course

Most human trafficking will be encountered at the local level by local and state police who have the most contact with the public. Many local agencies may think they do not have the resources or highly specialized trained investigators to focus on the crimes involved in human trafficking. Human Trafficking Investigations can be complex, however by utilizing resources agencies already have they can effectively combat human trafficking. Detectives and Investigators can learn how to apply skills they use in other types of investigations to human trafficking investigations. The Human Trafficking Investigations- All Crimes Approach™  course will cover tools, techniques, and best practices in investigating human trafficking.

Course Purpose

“As one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country, human trafficking is impacting every community. I advocate an All Crimes Approach to combat human trafficking which is intertwined with other crimes. It is important to learn how to assess situations for trafficking within the context of other investigations. Taking an all-crimes approach to combat this problem will greatly improve your effectiveness in identifying human trafficking victims and prosecuting their offenders.” – Maj. Rick Hoffman (Ret.).

Course Description

This course provides attendees with an overview of Human Trafficking crimes, as defined in the U.S. Trafficking Victims  Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and state laws. Case analysis and development are discussed, as well as the legal and investigative elements of Human Trafficking crimes. A  victim-centered approach to pro-active investigations and trauma-informed interviewing is introduced. Pre and post-operational planning are covered. Additionally, participants will understand the importance of utilizing available tools and technologies when investigating Human Trafficking and other co-occurring crimes. The course is 3-days/24  hours and includes approximately nine hours of lab time.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, through the course manual,  materials and instructor presentations, the attendees will  know:

Indicators of a Human Trafficking victim specific to their jurisdiction. ● Various concepts and methods on how to identify, recover, and interview victims of Human Trafficking. ● The importance of using a victim-centered/trauma-informed approach when interacting with individuals impacted by Human Trafficking. ● How to develop a case after receiving a tip about Human  Trafficking, either from the National Human Trafficking  Hotline or from a concerned citizen. ● How to use existing investigative tools and apply them to human trafficking investigations. ●  The importance of pro-active investigations. ● Tips on how to stay current on the latest trends in human trafficking crimes. ● Government benefits, protections, and resources for victims of Human Trafficking. ● The importance of community education, engagement, and creating a community task force.


San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force

This class is co-hosted with California Narcotic Officers' Association Region 5 and will be instructed by several members of the SBCHTTF.

Rancho Cucamonga, California November 18 – 20, 2019   Register

Advanced Human Trafficking Investigations Course

*Prior to the start of the class, you will receive an email with the class agenda.

**If for any reason you are unable to attend a class you have registered for please contact Sandy Sparks at 800-819-3727