A Study in Labor Trafficking: Modes, Means, and Methods of Organized Trafficking Operations

Webinar Recording

Presented by Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas and Colleen Owens, Research Associate, Urban Institute

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 webinar used a case study to highlight the key findings from the Urban Institute/Northeastern University report. The presenters offered 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.

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 view the recording.

CLE Credits
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one (1.5) hour 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 this March 26, 2015 webinar.

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