The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.
Developing specialized skills in any profession involves mastering core knowledge and then working under an experienced expert. Law enforcement and prosecutors are no exception.
The Human Trafficking Institute has a clear plan:
The Institute will set up Specialized Human Trafficking Units, and fast track courts to hear the cases. That means we don’t have to reform the entire criminal justice system. We just need a small part of the system to start enforcing the anti-human trafficking laws.
We will then take the Specialized Units through an Academy where they will learn how to identify more cases, use trauma-informed interviewing techniques, and develop successful trial strategies.
Former FBI agents or prosecutors, who have worked human trafficking cases, will office with the Specialized Units and work with them, day in and day out, on their cases to stop traffickers and rescue victims.
Research & Scholarship
The Institute will provide the specialized units and policy makers the evidence-based resources necessary to succeed. Updates on best practices, legal research, and multi-disciplinary scholarship will guide practical casework and future funding decisions.
Using this tried-and-true formula for developing specialized skills, the Institute’s founders helped develop and implement this model at the United States Department of Justice to improve the federal response to trafficking cases.
The DOJ’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit piloted this model through its ACTeams in 6 federal prosecution districts and saw impressive results. Within two years, those 6 ACTeam districts increased the number of human traffickers charged by 114% while the remaining 88 districts only saw a 12% increase. Notably, although those 6 districts represented just 7% of federal districts, they accounted for more than half of all the human trafficking convictions in the entire country.
National Increase in Traffickers Convicted
There is nothing like this for police and prosecutors in the developing world.