Labor Trafficking Research to Practice: Developing a Strategic Response

A recent study conducted by the Urban Institute and Northeastern University found that 71% of labor trafficking victims entered the United States legally, and despite evidence of multiple forms of criminal and civil violations, less than half of all suspects in the sample were arrested. By the time they escape their traffickers, however, many victims are no longer in the country legally and are forced to live underground. Labor trafficking operates beneath the surface of many communities remaining hidden to all but those who are trained to look for it. In part, because labor trafficking organizations operate in legitimate venues and industries, victims are routinely undetected, overlooked, or misidentified.

This training will use a case study to highlight the key findings from the Urban Institute/Northeastern University report. The presenters will offer solutions for overcoming some of the barriers in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting cases involving labor trafficking, including how to apply the research to practical investigative techniques, overcome common misconceptions about labor trafficking, and effectively coordinate with allied professionals in the justice system, business community, and community-based programs.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The session will be structured as a case study. The two co-presenters from Urban Institute and AEquitas will walk through a labor trafficking case and highlight broader findings from the Urban Institute/Northeastern University study, Understanding the Organization, Operation and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States. Strategies will be suggested in response to research findings. Participants will be engaged throughout the presentation through question and answers walking through each phase of the case (from the moment of recruitment through the labor trafficking victimization and escape).

Learning Outcome

The presenters will offer solutions for overcoming some of the barriers in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting cases involving labor trafficking, including how to apply the research to practical investigative techniques, overcome common misconceptions about labor trafficking, and effectively coordinate with allied professionals in the justice system, business community, and community-based programs.

Target Audience

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, judges, etc. are encouraged to participate.

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