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 training 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 national experts trains participants on a myriad of trending topics including but not limited to: key indicators of trafficking, methods of pimp control and recruitment, trauma response and service provision, state legislation, and practical action steps. Sessions range from basic to advanced. CEU credit may be available.

Required training duration: 2-3 days

Cost & Location Varies

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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, juvenile justice, social services, non-governmental organizations, community or youth leaders, etc). The following topics may be covered: an overview of domestic trafficking syndicates, victim profiles, risk factors, recruitment and grooming tactics used by traffickers, methods of control, trafficker and buyer profiles, victim identification.

Required training duration: None

Intervene | Specialized Sex Trafficking Training for Juvenile Justice

Intervene is an innovative training course based on the Intervene Resource package, developed by a multi-disciplinary committee of experts and survivors. This specialized training provides an in-depth look at the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking through the lens of service providers and advocates, offering tools to effectively reach sexually exploited youth. This course is designed to specifically prepare service providers to improve identification and intake procedures to account for indicators of trafficking and use strength-based, trauma-informed intervention and assessment techniques appropriate for adolescent victims of trafficking. It includes all topics from the customized training, with an additional focus on the impact of trauma, challenges to rehabilitation and keys to interaction with victims.

Required training duration: 4-8 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 training and materials requested.

Training Resources

The following training curriculum 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 and group exercises 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 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) 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 Intervene resource package for a donation of $50.

Due to the invasive nature of this tool and the potential for retraumitization if used improperly, this resource package is only available through an Intervene training. It is also available on a case-by-case basis to experienced professionals. Contact Elizabeth Scaife at to request your copy.

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