Responding to Intimidation in Human Trafficking Cases
Presented by Audrey Roofeh, Polaris Project and Jennifer Long, Director, AEquitas
Intimidation or the “threat or use of force or other forms of coercion” is the keystone of human trafficking. Traffickers rely on intimidation to prevent victims from reporting and ultimately participating in the justice process by exploiting their vulnerabilities (e.g., immigration status, history of abuse, addiction, homelessness, economic status, and/or victims’ participation in illegal activity – usually prostitution). As a result of this methodical exploitation and intimidation, victims may not self-identity and may even appear uncooperative during the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers. Overcoming these challenges, maintaining victim safety, and achieving justice in these cases is contingent upon collaboration between criminal justice professionals and the community-based programs that provide services to victims.
This webinar was designed to raise awareness, for prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals, about the dynamics and indicators of human trafficking as well as intimidation, and challenged participants to reevaluate their approach to detecting and prosecuting these crimes. The webinar also explored the complex issues faced by prosecutors in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting human trafficking and intimidation while balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims.
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, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one-and-a-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of the September 27, 2013 webinar.
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