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Building Human Trafficking Cases with Intimidated and Missing Victims

Event Dates
Eastern
Location
Online

The victimization of survivors of human trafficking may persist long after the trafficking stops. Following the arrest of a trafficker or the exit of a victim from exploitation, traffickers may continue to use force, fraud, and coercion against survivors. These intimidation tactics enable offenders to escape criminal accountability since police and prosecutors are often unable to locate victims and witnesses necessary to build a case, or victims are too fearful or traumatized to participate in the criminal justice process.

This webinar will provide police, prosecutors, and allied professionals with strategies for minimizing opportunities for intimidation and maximizing offender accountability when victims are intimidated or missing. Specifically, the presenter will discuss protective orders, courthouse safety measures, and strategies for bringing the voice of survivors into the courtroom through the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing and other rules of evidence.

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be better able to—

  • support victims' participation in the criminal justice process,
  • minimize and respond to witness intimidation, and 
  • identify victim statements that may be admissible without the victim testifying. 

Date Created: January 5, 2021