Human Trafficking Training

Our goal is to increase the identification of those victimized and vulnerable to trafficking and improve the response of service providers and justice systems. Through our training programs and resources, we equip professionals and community members to advance the network of protection offered to survivors of trafficking.

Training Programs

Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference (JuST Conference)

This comprehensive national training conference is designed to build a collaborative response among law enforcement, prosecutors, juvenile justice, service providers, community and youth advocates (teachers, youth pastors, school counselors, club leaders, etc.) to fight against human trafficking. Our team of experts train participants on a myriad of topics including: criminal trends in trafficking cases, best practices for investigation and prosecution, survivor experiences, trauma response and service provision, state legislation, task force development, and community mobilization. Sessions range from intermediate to advanced. The conference includes networking events and exhibitors from across the United States. CEU credit hours may be available.

Training duration: 2-3 days

Cost & Location Varies

Learn More about the JuST Conference

Customized Training

Shared Hope International offers customized training to fit the needs of a variety of agencies and organizations that may come in contact with victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. Training can be customized to focus on specific issues or for specific audiences (law enforcement, service providers, child welfare, juvenile justice, social services, non-governmental organizations, community or youth leaders, etc). This training curriculum is designed to improve identification and response and covers any or all of the following topics: a national scope on domestic minor sex trafficking, victim profiles, risk factors, recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers, methods of control, trafficker and buyer profiles, the physical and psychological impact of trauma, tips for interaction with victims. Expanded or stand-alone training on gang trafficking can be provided, focusing on gang dynamics and indoctrination within trafficking, recruitment and control tactics, challenges to investigation, prosecution and therapeutic response. Plug-in training on commercial sex buyers or community mobilization is also available.

Training duration: 2-8 hours

Shared Hope International works with organizations and individuals to provide cost-effective solutions for their training needs. Price varies depending on location, length of training, size of audience and materials requested.

Training Resources

The following training resources provide education on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and suggested practices to improve agency response.

Gang TRAP (Trafficking Response and Prevention) Training Guide and Video Series is a unique training curriculum designed to address the growing trend of sex trafficking cases perpetuated by criminal street gangs.  The guide targets law enforcement, service providers and prosecutors, offering instruction on gang trafficking dynamics, recruitment and control tactics, professional challenges commonly experienced with these cases, therapeutic response and collaboration.  It utilizes adult learning principles to maximize learning retention, offering detailed instruction for group discussion points as well as pre and post-training quizzes.  The accompanying four-part (60 minutes) video series addresses the same topics through interviews with experts and survivors across the United States.

Shared Hope International offers this 4-part training DVD for law enforcement for a donation of $20.

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Identifying and Responding to America’s Trafficked Youth is an interactive training tool for agencies and organizations that may come in contact with child sex trafficking victims in the United States, including law enforcement, social services, non-governmental organizations, and juvenile justice. This training tool offers a comprehensive guide to understanding domestic minor sex trafficking including the law, victim profiles and vulnerabilities, pimp control and manipulation, and effective responses. The guide utilizes adult learning principles to maximize information retention by providing detailed instruction for group discussions and exercises. The accompanying 40-minute training video offers four 10-minute segments that expand upon information presented in the guide. Hear from experts and survivors, watch pimps engage with buyers and discover the reality of child sex trafficking in America.

Shared Hope International offers this 2-part resource package for a donation of $35.

Intervene: Identifying and Responding to America’s Prostituted Youth
is a unique resource designed for service providers and clinicians, also applicable to juvenile justice or child welfare employees, to improve identification and response to victims of sex trafficking. Designed by professionals, vetted by a multi-disciplinary committee of experts and survivors, the Practitioner Guide provides instruction on the vulnerability factors of potential victims, common recruitment and grooming tactics, methods of control and coercion used by pimps and gangs, and the impact of trauma on survivors. It prepares the user to implement the accompanying Intake Tool, a tiered set of strength-based and trauma-informed questions designed to identify exploited youth while reducing the risk of retraumatization. This package includes two training videos (Intervene + Gang TRAP), encompassing 100 minutes of video content, that expand on key principles addressed in the Practitioner Guide. This resource is meant to be used by experienced professionals only.

Shared Hope International offers the individual Intervene resource package for a donation of $50, or a license package available for $400. Contact Elizabeth Scaife at Elizabeth@sharedhope.org for more information.