Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,000,000)
The FY 2017 National Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement Task Forces Program is designed to provide national support to improve the capacity of state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems to create and effectively operate enhanced collaborative model (ECM) human trafficking task forces, formed to investigate and prosecute the crime of human trafficking. This award will fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to coordinate the nationwide delivery of anti-human trafficking training and technical assistance services to all BJA-funded ECM Task Forces, law enforcement agencies, criminal justice professionals (e.g., academic, adjudication, etc.), and communities that are either forming new anti-human trafficking task forces or are working to expand or improve the effectiveness of an existing task force. The services will include, but are not limited to, an assessment of existing relevant training and educational sessions, and the training needs of the BJA-funded ECM task forces, as well as provide onsite or remote guidance on matters relevant to the operation of ECM task forces and respond to requests for general information and guidance on the topic of human trafficking and task force operations. The TTA provider will coordinate appropriate training, upon request, for law enforcement agencies, state prosecutors, or collaborative criminal justice partnerships to help them more effectively address human trafficking within their jurisdictions and the surrounding area. In addition, the TTA provider may be called upon to assist in the coordination of state and local task force activities with those of the U.S. Attorneys Offices, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other relevant federal, state, and local agencies.