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Funding for Task Forces to Combat Human Trafficking
Since FY 2015, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime have funded 29 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Human Trafficking Task Forces for the purpose of combating human trafficking in communities across the U.S.

To access lists of task forces funded in prior years, click on the appropriate FY:

Report Trafficking
Suspected incidents of trafficking can be reported by contacting your local FBI office.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services maintains, through Polaris, the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), which operates 24-hours, 7-days-a-week. Please call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).

BJA has competitively selected the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to provide law enforcement related training and technical assistance (TTA) to the BJA or Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded task forces. IACP will provide an array of training and technical assistance resources that match the identified needs of the local task forces. Further, IACP has worked with several task forces to gather feedback to enhance existing trainings, provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and emphasize data-driven, best practices, via online platforms. The TTA emphasizes the importance of effective collaboration among task force partners, data collection, and analysis. Visit the Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance section of the IACP website for more information on and access to IACP resources and training on anti-human trafficking investigations and prosecutions.

BJA works in partnership with OVC, other federal agencies, and a variety of organizations to assist a task force’s ability to: (1) identify and rescue victims; (2) proactively investigate all forms of human trafficking and successfully prosecute traffickers; and (3) raise the awareness of communities to the menace of trafficking.

Upcoming trainings from the IACP include the following:

  • Effective Strategies to Investigate and Prosecute Labor Trafficking in the United States (classroom)
  • Basic Human Trafficking Investigations for Law Enforcement (online)
  • Advanced Human Trafficking Investigation/prosecution (classroom)
  • Human trafficking in tribal communities (delivery format to be determined)

Available training resources from the IACP:

  • The Crime of Human Trafficking: Roll-Call Training Video (3-part video series)
  • Online trainings and archived webinars are available, including:
    • Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers (a DVD roll call training toolkit on this topic can be requested)
    • Archived webinars:
      • Closing the Door on Illicit Massage Businesses: Holding Traffickers Accountable
      • Approaches on Prosecuting Labor Trafficking Cases with Civil Rights Laws
      • The State of Modern Slavery in the U.S.: Trends and Tools for Law Enforcement and Victim Service Providers
      • Labor Trafficking: Improving Victim Identification
      • Immigration Relief for Human Trafficking Victims: T Visa, U Visa, and Continued Presence
      • Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases: Going Forward Without a Victim

Alissa Huntoon
Senior Policy Advisor

Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking Program: Performance Update Report, Fiscal Years 2016-2018, Bureau of Justice Assistance, June 2019. This Performance Update Report provides information about key grant activities and accomplishments of BJA-funded law enforcement grantees under the Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking Program during fiscal years 2016–2018, unless otherwise noted.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month January 2019, Bureau of Justice Assistance, January 2019. This resource highlights fiscal year 2018 activities of BJA's law enforcement Enhanced Collaborative Model task force members.

Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy e-Guide: Strengthening Collaborative Responses, BJA and OVC, October 2014. The purpose of this guide is to assist in the development and day to day operations of an anti-human trafficking task force and to provide fundamental guidance for effective task force operations.

National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking, The purpose of this report was to share available programs and services with other jurisdictions to better serve victims of trafficking.

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How can suspected incidents of human trafficking be reported?  Answer

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