Human Trafficking Links
Florida's Human Trafficking Benchbook 2017
Created by a team in Florida’s 11th Circuit, this benchbook is designed to assist judges hearing human trafficking cases.
Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative
The collaborative is a joint effort between some of the nation’s most respected state court support and education organizations sponsored by the State Justice Institute in an effort to address human trafficking in the state courts. The HTC is coordinated by the Center for Public Policy Studies, The National Judicial College, the Center for Court Innovation, the National Association of Women Judges, Legal Momentum and the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions.
The Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates Guide
This guide was created by the American Bar Association, and serves as an overview of the unique issues and remedies which are often present in such cases.
Florida Specific Resources
Florida Department of Children and Families website
Department of Juvenile Justice Human Trafficking Screening Tool.
Florida Attorney General website
The Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking 2017 annual report.
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Human Trafficking Handbook 2016.
The Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime: Human Trafficking
This website is hosted by the Office for Victims of Crime, which is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. It contains a variety of resources and training tools, including the Faces of Human Trafficking Video Series. The series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims' legal needs, and voices of survivors.
Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide, four OVC Fact Sheets, and four posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion. Download the complete Discussion Guide or the sections associated with each video below.
The Fact Sheets provide an introduction to human trafficking, information on the legal needs and rights of victims of human trafficking in the United States, information on the special considerations and needs of youth victims, and promising practices for building effective collaborations to address human trafficking.
The posters are designed to target specific audiences—service providers and allied professionals, law enforcement, the general public, and victims/survivors. Download the posters from the gallery on the right and customize them with information about your organization, training opportunities, or local service providers.
Voices from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Handling Child Sex Trafficking Cases
This document, created in January 2019, describes what judges have learned from their experiences handling domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) cases and implementing victim-centered approaches. It also serves as a practical reference source for juvenile and family court judges interested in improving outcomes in these challenging cases. It is our hope judges will use the information emerging from the field to improve their DCST practices and handling of these cases.
What Should Judges Know About Federal, Tribal, and State Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Legislation?
This document also covers what judges need to know about recent legislation that effects victims of DCST.
Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide
Developed in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide was created to assist in the development and operation of anti-human trafficking task forces, and provides fundamental guidance for effective task force operations. It is an e-learning tool that contains:
- Guidance on how to form and develop vnew human trafficking task forces
- Ideas to strengthen existing human trafficking task forces
- Creative strategies, examples, and lessons learned from existing task forces
- Links to tools, trainings, and resources, including case studies
Human Trafficking: Protecting Our Youth
This document is a one-page tip sheet for families that includes summaries about what's happening, what might be seen, and what can be done.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
This nonprofit organization is working to put an end to modern slavery and human trafficking through comprehensive, lifesaving services to survivors and a platform to advocate for groundbreaking policies and legislation. They have a variety of resources and training materials available.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline
This website is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.The National Hotline can also be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, submitting a tip through the online tip reporting form, and visiting the web portal at www.humantraffickinghotline.org.Their mission is to provide human trafficking victims and survivors with access to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
This website highlights news, resources, and more related to human trafficking and the efforts of agencies to prevent incidents of trafficking.
The National Institute of Justice
This organization is working to advance understanding of the nature and extent of human trafficking: how to improve the detection, investigation, and prosecution of traffickers, and how to address the needs of victims and provide needed services.
Human Trafficking and Child Welfare
The Child Welfare Information Gateway
The growing awareness of human trafficking in the United States and abroad requires government and human services agencies to develop and implement effective policies and practices for identifying and serving. Child welfare agencies are often on the front lines of these changes as the first responders. Children and youth involved with the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect and then placed in foster care or group homes—as well as youth who are involved with the justice system or have run away, or become homeless, are often at higher risk of being trafficked. The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a wealth of resources available on their website.