Our training and technical assistance program seeks to build the capacity of the anti-trafficking field to identify victims of trafficking, provide critical social services, and bring traffickers to justice through increased coordination, communication, and information sharing at the local, regional and national levels.
Training and Technical assistance
What is technical assistance?
Technical assistance includes consultations, materials reviews, peer-to-peer linkages, and other activities that aim to increase the capacity of advocates and organizations in the anti-trafficking and related fields to better identify, serve and protect victims of human trafficking.
To request technical assistance, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or BeFree (233733).
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) can provide training and technical assistance on a range of topics, including but not limited to:
Human Trafficking in the United States
- General information on human trafficking
- Human trafficking criminal networks
Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
- Overview of the anti-trafficking field in the US
- Overview of U.S. government efforts to combat trafficking
- Task force, coalition-building and other collaborative efforts
- Local referral processes
- Development of anti-trafficking protocols
- Demand-reduction strategies
- Community outreach
- Public awareness-raising efforts
Legal and Policy
- Legal definitions of human trafficking
- Current laws and policies (federal and state)
- Immigration remedies for trafficking survivors
Victim Services and Identification
- Serving victims of human trafficking
- Victim identification strategies
- Direct outreach
- Overview of existing shelter models and residential facilities
Types of Training
- Request a Polaris Project speaker or receive referrals to local organizations in your area.
- Raise awareness in your community group, church, school or professional association.
- What might an awareness-raising event kick-start? Use the momentum to start a community group, local coalition, annual conference, or fund-raiser!
- Request an in-person meeting or over-the-phone consultation.
- Consultations are available on a variety of topics tailored to your needs, including but not limited to capacity building efforts, referral processes and specific trafficking networks.
- Request in-depth training for conferences, stakeholder meetings, organization or agency staff, and other capacity-building activities.
- Trainings are available on a range of topics.
- In-depth half-day or day-long trainings, as well as shorter trainings may be requested.
Materials reviewRequest comments on a variety of anti-trafficking materials, including but not limited to:
- Local referral protocols
- Local hotline protocols
- Outreach materials
- Victim assessment tools
To support our direct victim services work and our local and national programs, we typically request an honorarium or donation on a sliding scale that can accommodate a variety of budgets. The honorarium may vary depending on the speaker. Depending on the request we are also able to conduct trainings free of cost. If the location of the event is outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, we require reimbursement for travel and lodging if an overnight stay is required.
Speaker fees do not apply to consultations or materials reviews.
Request a Training
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