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Human Trafficking

Training and Technical Assistance Resources

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides practitioner-driven, evidence-based training and technical assistance that is responsive to the particular needs of victim service providers, their communities, and the victims they serve, including a specific focus on human trafficking. OVC TTAC provides tailored support to OVC’s human trafficking grantees and their partners. Resources include:

Sign up for the OVC TTAC Human Trafficking Listserv to receive the latest news and updates from OVC TTAC.

Contact OVC TTAC by email at [email protected] to ask for information on how to get the support that you need to combat human trafficking in your community.

Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Providers

The following organizations receive funding from OVC to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) throughout the United States.

Comprehensive Legal Training and Technical Assistance - Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
CAST seeks to build the capacity of legal and social service providers to deliver services to human trafficking victims and increase victims’ access to the full spectrum of legal remedies available to them to increase their safety, financial wellbeing, independence and self-sufficiency through access to trained legal service providers. In person and virtual TTA is available to improve the quality and quantity of legal services and pro bono attorneys across the United States; and improve social service provider capacity to identify the legal service needs of human trafficking victims, provide reliable referrals, and work effectively with legal service providers.

Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project - Freedom Network USA
This project seeks to enhance the victim service field’s response to the housing needs of victims of human trafficking. Freedom Network USA is working to improve the quality and quantity of housing services offered to trafficking survivors by increasing capacity of victim service providers nationwide, including through strengthening victim service providers’ partnerships at the national, state, and local levels with housing stakeholders.

Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Technical Assistance – RTI International
Through specialized, targeted TTA, RTI supports the OVC’s Improving Outcomes grantees as they work to enhance their jurisdiction-wide coordination and multidisciplinary collaboration to address human trafficking involving children and youth.

Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Program - Futures Without Violence
This initiative aims to increase access to quality educational and employment opportunities for human trafficking survivors. Futures Without Violence has developed a curriculum on trauma-informed employment services for trafficking survivors for in-person training, delivers webinars and resources, and a roadmap tool for identifying local employment and training opportunities for survivors.

American University: Maximizing OVC’s Survivor Assistance in Court Settings (MOSAICS)
The MOSAICS TTA project assists courts in implementing trauma-responsive policies to identify survivors of human trafficking who are facing criminal charges; respond to the needs of survivors facing charges with a range of outcomes in their cases and a continuum of social service referrals; and reduce the infliction of harm on survivors facing criminal charges in court proceedings. MOSAICS offers quarterly webinars and remote and on-site tailored TTA to courts and jurisdictions across the country.

Project Trauma Response to Uplift Survivors of Trafficking (TRUST) - U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc.
The goal of Project TRUST is to enhance services delivered to survivors of trafficking by providing intensive TTA on trauma-informed responses and services to trafficking service providers. Based on provider needs and survivor input, Project TRUST offers trainings including webinars and online courses, peer-to-peer information sharing opportunities, and presentations at conferences. Project TRUST also offers one-on-one support for organizational needs and connects organizations to other partners for specific needs.

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center (the Center) strengthens human trafficking victim service delivery in the U.S. by providing strategically focused, capability building coaching to maximize a community’s potential to effectively serve victims of all forms of human trafficking.

The Center is a coaching and development hub assisting organizations and tribes with—

  1. building their capacity to aid victims of all forms of human trafficking,
  2. navigating the broad range of resources available to support their missions, and
  3. strengthening human trafficking service networks.

For more information about the Center, please contact OVC Deputy Director Katherine Darke Schmitt at 202–616–7373.

Other Federally-Funded Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Providers

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
IACP provides coordinated training and technical assistance to Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces and other communities combating human trafficking. IACP offers classroom and online training, resources and tools, and technical assistance.

View the IACP training series to educate frontline officers on how to recognize and respond to victims of child sex trafficking. These training materials are available to law enforcement agencies only. They were developed by the IACP in coordination with the FBI, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center
This center provides training and technical assistance to inform and enhance the public health response to human trafficking. They offer training to health care and social service providers on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to potential victims of human trafficking. All services are free and delivered based on need. The Center is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center
This center is sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau at the Administration for Children and Families. It acts as the training and technical assistance provider for all Family and Youth Services Bureau runaway and homeless youth grantees, assisting them in developing effective approaches to serving runaway and homeless youth.

Search for Events

Locate additional training opportunities by conducting a search of OVC's events listing.

This OVC calendar helps anti-trafficking professionals, victim service providers, allied professionals, and other interested individuals plan, promote, and locate events of interest to the victim service community in their area.

Date Created: May 1, 2020