Responding to Intimidation in Human Trafficking Cases

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. As a result of exploitation and intimidation, victims may not self-identity and may even appear “uncooperative” during the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers. Maintaining victim safety and achieving justice in these cases relies on collaboration among criminal justice professionals and the community-based programs that provide services to victims. This webinar raises awareness, for prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals, about the dynamics and indicators of human trafficking and intimidation. The presenters challenge participants to reevaluate their approach to detecting and prosecuting these crimes while balancing offender accountability against the impact of criminal prosecution on victims.

This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.