Why criminal justice?
Since 2000, more than 120 countries have criminalized human trafficking and begun the long process to implement these laws through vast justice systems that include police, investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and court personnel within multiple layers of jurisdictions. According to the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report, less than 4,000 human trafficking convictions occurred worldwide in 2011. Studies continue to identify human trafficking training as a gap and that where training occurs, trafficking identification increases. Criminal justice professionals who access training will be much better equipped to conduct robust investigations and prosecutions.
The Global Freedom Center offers customized training to criminal justice professionals including police, prosecutors, defense counsel and judges. The training can include basic, advanced and specialized topics, such as investigating and prosecuting under new trafficking laws, gaining the trust of a victim-witness, working with traumatized victims, adopting a multidisciplinary approach to cases, and adjudicating human trafficking prosecutions.
ARTICLE: The State of State Human Trafficking Laws, The Judges Journal, American Bar Association Winter 2013 Volume 52 No. 1 February 20, 2013