Training Resources for First Responders

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911 Emergency

For urgent situations, notify local law enforcement immediately by calling 911. You may also want to alert the National Human Trafficking Resource Center described below so that they can ensure response by law enforcement officials knowledgeable about human trafficking.

1-888-3737-888 National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a national 24-hour, toll-free, multilingual anti-trafficking hotline. Call 1-888-3737-888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733) to report a tip; connect with anti-trafficking services in your area; or request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources. The Center is equipped to handle calls from all regions of the United States from a wide range of callers including, but not limited to: potential trafficking victims, community members, law enforcement, medical professionals, legal professionals, service providers, researchers, students, and policymakers.

1-888-428-7581 U.S. Department of Justice Worker Exploitation Complaint Line

Call the U.S. Department of Justice’s dedicated human trafficking toll-free complaint line at 1-888-428-7581 (weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM EST) to report suspected instances of human trafficking or worker exploitation or contact the FBI field office nearest you .This call is toll-free and offers foreign language translation services in most languages as well as TTY. After business hours, the complaint line has a message service in English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin.

NEW! Assessment Tool for Health Care Provider Human Trafficking Training – The Assessment Tool has been developed to assist organizations in:(1) Assessing the degree to which their training and education program or project is comprehensive and trauma-informed, and (2) Identifying areas for improvement.

Assisting Foreign Child Trafficking Victims – online training from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Gang-Involved Sex Trafficking – online training to learn how gangs are trafficking women and girls for sex. From the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).

Comprehensive Human Trafficking Assessment – written by Polaris Project for service providers to assist victims of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Assessment for Medical Professionals – updated trafficking assessment tool for medical professionals to identify and assist potential victims of trafficking, including both labor and sex trafficking indicators. From the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Medical Assessment Tool – One page NHTRC flow chart from Polaris Project listing medical signs to look for when assessing potential human trafficking victims.

Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking – PDF of a Polaris Project Powerpoint presentation.

Potential Trafficking Indicators – Polaris Project aid in identifying human trafficking victims.

Understanding Victim’s Mindsets – Polaris Project document outlining a wide variety of both physical and psychological reasons why trafficked persons cannot or will not leave a trafficking situation.

Human Trafficking Power and Control Wheel – Polaris Project’s wheel outlines different types of abuse that can occur in labor and sex trafficking situations.

(HHS-ASPE) Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Recovery for Victims of Human Trafficking – discusses the trauma experiences of trafficking victims.

(HHS-ASPE) Study of Programs Serving Human Trafficking Victims – seeks to examine the political and programmatic barriers to providing comprehensive services to human trafficking victims.

(HHS-ASPE) Case Management and the Victim of Human Trafficking – discusses effective case management for human trafficking victims.

(HHS-ASPE) Addressing the Needs of Victims of Trafficking – discusses the challenges and barriers to providing services to human trafficking victims.

Community Model Action Plan – Polaris Project listing of stakeholders and resources to engage in a comprehensive community response to human trafficking.

Comprehensive Local Model for Combatting Human Trafficking – Polaris Project chart describing a comprehensive model for how local efforts can combat trafficking.

Community Needs Assessment – Denver – Polaris Project research report studying community organizations’ perception go human trafficking in Boulder, CO.

Counter-Trafficking Tactics and Strategies At-A-Glance – Polaris Project providing a macro-level overview of selected counter-trafficking tactics and strategies.

HHS-ASPE Residential Facilities for Minor Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking – focuses on identifying and serving minor sex trafficking victims.

HHS Child Victims Fact Sheet – provides information on child victims of human trafficking.

Introducing Human Trafficking to Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Programs – Polaris Project quick-reference sheet.

Requesting Assistance from HHS for Child Victims of Human Trafficking – PowerPoint from training conducted by HHS on identifying child victims of human trafficking.

First Aid Kit For Use By Law Enforcement Responders in Addressing Human Trafficking – UNODC manual that provides the necessary information to allow officers to take the vital first steps to protect the victims and catch the criminals involved.

VITA (Victim Translation Assistance) Tool from UN.GIFT

100 Best Practices in Combating Trafficking in Persons: The Role of Civil Society (The Protection Project)

Addressing the Internal Wounds: The Psychological Aftermath of Human Trafficking (US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons fact sheet)

Victim’s Empowerment and Access (US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons fact sheet)

Victim Protections: Principles for Progress (US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons fact sheet)

The Benefits of Smart Raids vs. Blind Sweeps (US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons fact sheet)

Victim Protection Checklist (US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons fact sheet)

DHS Blue Campaign Video for First Responders

IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking

Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Providers (IOM Handbook)

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women: Human Trafficking Fact Sheet (PDF)

The Costly Business of Human Trafficking (article, American Nurse Today)

Human Trafficking Information and Resources for Emergency Healthcare Providers (Sponsored by Mount Sinai Emergency Medical Department, American Osler Society, American Medical Student Association, & Brown Medical School)

Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking: A Resource Guide for Social Service Providers – provides information about assistance available to many victims of human trafficking in the United States. It describes various community and State-funded resources, including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and job training.

Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women (PDF, World Health Organization) – intended primarily for use by researchers, members of the media, and service providers unfamiliar with the situation of trafficked women.

Rescue & Restore: Victims of Human Trafficking – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) program to increase the identification of trafficking victims in the United States and to help those victims receive the benefits and services they need to restore their lives.

Contact Information for Local Rescue and Restore Coalitions – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) list of Rescue and Restore Coalitions nationwide.

Rescue & Restore Campaign Brochures
Health Care Providers
Social Service Organizations
Child Exploitation
Health Care Provider Assessment Card
Pocket Assessment Card
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Rolodex Card

Rescue & Restore Campaign Posters
Social Service
Child Exploitation
Social Service Migrant
Health Care
Sex Trafficking
Labor Trafficking
Domestic Servitude