Gang Trafficking Response and Prevention Training Course


Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148

Cases of gang-controlled sex trafficking are occurring in at least 35 states including Washington. Gang TRAP (Trafficking Response and Prevention) training course will address the commercial sexual exploitation of minors within a gang nexus. Presenters will review the cultural and regional differences between various gangs and their criminal enterprises pertaining to sex trafficking. Attendees will be equipped with the tools to advance their cases against gang trafficking, dismantle criminal operations, and provide appropriate services to gang-involved trafficking victims. The focus is on improving the identification and response to victims of juvenile sex trafficking.

The training is co-sponsored by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and Shared Hope International, a nationwide leader in awareness and training curriculum on the identification of minor sex trafficking victims. Shared Hope International will also debut Gang TRAP, a newly released video training series on gang sex trafficking.

The topics covered in Gang TRAP course:
Sex trafficking within gang dynamics
Recruitment and control tactics used by gang traffickers
Challenges to investigations and prosecutions
Gang indoctrination with victims and perpetrators
Victim services
Collaboration for investigation, prosecution and therapeutic intervention

Pre-course readings/prerequisites
There are no pre-course readings or assignments.

Who can attend the class?
This course is recommended for any law enforcement officer that has the potential to come in contact with gang members or gang associates, including investigators, gang units, patrol officers, etc. It is also recommended for prosecutors, school resource officers, case managers, service providers, clinicians or child welfare workers who may be dealing with cases of gang-involved youth. This training course is not open to the general public.

Lunch is provided on site for all attendees.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Frank for the Eastern District of Virginia will host a special session for prosecutors. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia has successfully prosecuted 22 human trafficking cases in the past two years, including 8 gang cases involving 27 minor victims. Relying on his vast experience of gang-controlled sex trafficking cases, Mr. Frank will address common challenges facing prosecutors pertaining to investigation, prosecution and working with victims.

Sergeant Chris Bray of the Phoenix Police Department will host the breakout session for law enforcement. He has supervised complex, long-term investigations into criminal syndicates, violent street gangs and human trafficking. Sergeant Bray will address strategies for investigation of gang-controlled trafficking cases, a victim-centered approach and how to combat challenges associated with this criminal trend.

Deepa Patel, LCSW, will host the breakout session for service providers. Ms. Patel is currently the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and the Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at the Multicultural Clinical Center (MCC) in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider and a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a recipient of the 2012 Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. She was selected in 2013 for the Central American Community Impact Exchange, an initiative formed by the FBI, the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland. Ms. Patel received her Bachelor Degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University and a Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.


**If you are Law Enforcement, please register for Gang TRAP through the CJTC training course site. The breakout for service providers is has reached its capacity and is now closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list, contact

There are a limited number of available seats for prosecutors. Contact Elizabeth at the email above to register.


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