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Human Trafficking Immersion Leadership Training

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $100,000)

Under this award, the Seattle Police Department will further develop and operate a victim-centered human trafficking task force in conjunction with the U. S. Attorney's Office, federal law enforcement, and the Office for Victims of Crime Human Trafficking Services. The primary goal of this program is to identify and rescue victims of trafficking through a victim centered, proactive investigation strategy. The secondary goal is the interdiction of trafficking and the successful prosecution of traffickers.

The Seattle Police Department's Human Trafficking Task Force (SHTTF) will develop and implement immersion training that will be coordinated by the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. This training will facilitate visits from other task forces to help them work more effectively in identifying and rescuing victims of human trafficking and prosecuting traffickers. Each training will be offered to at least four critical members of a visiting task force, including: 1) the Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of human trafficking prosecution; 2) the task force commander; 3) a representative from the victims service provider, funded by the Office for Victims of Crimes; and 4) the law enforcement officer assigned to human trafficking investigations. The SHTTF will assist in the original development of subject matter content for the immersion learning process, as well as assist in the identification of best practices for implementation.


Date Created: September 8, 2008