Law Enforcement Resources
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
The POST Guidelines on Law Enforcement Response to Human Trafficking is presented in a format that will allow the reader to follow a systematic process for conducting a human trafficking investigation. Human trafficking is one of the most horrific crimes committed in our society today. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society. They often lure victims by promising legitimate jobs the victims need to support their families. Instead, victims are devastated to learn they have been sold or trapped into a form of slavery such as forced prostitution, domestic servitude, sweatshop labor, and other debt bondage. In other words, human beings are being bought and sold repeatedly for profit.
POST encourages the sharing of this information with all law enforcement personnel who may serve as liaison between human trafficking victims and the criminal justice system.
The nature of human trafficking makes it critical for law enforcement to understand the dynamics, indicators, and manifestations of its occurrence. Responding officers need to possess the skills and sensitivity necessary to provide the support that victims need to regain their lives.
More information is available here: https://post.ca.gov/Human-Trafficking
California Law Enforcement and Social Services Agencies
- CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB)
- California Department of Social Services Office of Refugee Services
- U.S. Attorneys' Offices
- U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Bureau of Justice Assistance, Anti-Trafficking Task Force Initiative
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration of Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons
- U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
- U.S. Department of Defense – Combatting Trafficking in Persons