Title: Fact v. Fiction: The Realities of Trafficking in Texas
Presenter: Kirsta Melton
Victims of trafficking are often hiding in plain sight. They occupy our schools, workplaces, hospitals, and homeless and domestic violence shelters, but they are reluctant to ask for help or seek justice from a system that has failed them repeatedly. Jurisdictions that are successful in attacking human trafficking are those that are educated and proactively seeking to combat the crime. Participants will be grounded in the basics of trafficking law and dynamics, the tools that traffickers use to obtain and maintain people, the parallels that exist between trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, red flags for identifying victims, and the critical nature of a coordinated community response in addressing these crimes. Using Texas cases, the webinar will also cover the way trafficking manifests in rural jurisdictions as opposed to urban centers and provide action items that counties can use to prevent and engage in early interdiction of trafficking.
1. Describe what human trafficking is, distinguish it from smuggling, and refute the myths surrounding trafficking.
2. Recognize the tools traffickers use to lure and maintain victims.
3. Identify populations vulnerable to trafficking in your jurisdiction and how you will encounter them in your ongoing CCR work.
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