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Understanding and Responding to Family-Facilitated Human Trafficking

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Family-facilitated human trafficking or familial human trafficking is often inadvertently overlooked. The IACP and the U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, with support from the Office for Victims of Crime, is hosting a 90-minute webinar to discuss what familial trafficking looks like and how multidisciplinary human trafficking task force members can better identify and respond to this type of trafficking. 

Familial trafficking occurs when a family member (a father or mother, sibling, grandparent, uncle, or aunt) or a guardian (a foster parent or intimate partner of the parent) facilitates the trafficking. This webinar will discuss why this type of trafficking is difficult to identify, how familial trafficking differs from other types of human trafficking, opportunities for identification and response, and ways to increase collaboration between systems such as child welfare, education, and healthcare. 

This webinar is part of the OVC funded Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Force Training Catalog. 

After this webinar, participants will be better able to: 

  • Identify familial trafficking and its unique indicators that may differ from other types of trafficking; 
  • Discuss opportunities for identification and response to familial trafficking victims; and
  • Increase partnership with child welfare systems, education, and healthcare to address familial trafficking.


  • Alicia Ley, Fellowship Program Manager, Survivor Alliance 
  • Chris Cuestas, Detective (Retired), Tucson Police Department (Arizona) 
  • Mimi Zhuravitsky, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Erin Marsh, Project Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police (Moderator) 

For more information, contact IACP’s Anti-Human Trafficking Team at [email protected]. 

Date Created: January 10, 2024