Human Trafficking or "modern day slavery" is a state and federal crime, and a global phenomenon that involves recruiting, harboring, transporting, or obtaining a person through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex (sex trafficking) and forced labor. Victims may be male or female, adults or minors, US citizens or foreign nationals. The crossing of state or national borders in not required for the crime to be considered human trafficking.
CSP’s Human Trafficking Program consists of:
Direct Victim Services: CSP provides comprehensive services to adult and minor victims of international or domestic trafficking involving commercial sex or forced labor, who were victimized in Orange County, or who are survivors currently living in Orange County, CA. These services include:
- Shelter/housing and sustenance
- Medical/dental care
- Mental health treatment
- Victim advocacy and crime victims’ rights
- Literacy education and/or education/GED assistance
- Employment assistance and job training
Administration of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF): The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaborative, county-wide effort between local and federal law enforcement, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, volunteers, and community members working together to protect victims, prosecute offenders, and prevent further perpetration of this crime in Orange County. Federally funded OCHTTF partners include Anaheim Police Department, CSP Victim Assistance Programs, The Salvation Army, and Huntington Beach Police Department. OCHTTF monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the community.
OCHTTF Volunteer Coordination for Victim Services and Outreach: The OCHTTF relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to work with human trafficking survivors as life-skills mentors, tutors, and translators. Volunteers are also the driving force of community outreach, education for anti-trafficking efforts in Orange County, and donations of in-kind and financial support which is utilized to provide direct assistance to victims. Monthly volunteer meetings provide training and support for volunteers. To get involved, please contact OCHTFF through the web portal: www.egovlink.com/ochumantrafficking/action.asp
Coordination of statewide training: In partnership with the Anaheim Police Department, CSP coordinates and delivers tuition free trainings throughout the state of California that focus on the human trafficking of minors. Four curriculum are currently taught throughout the state:
- Human Trafficking of Minors for Law Enforcement and First Responders: This course is an 8-hour POST (Peace Officer Standards Training) certified course to local and federal law enforcement and first responders. It provides necessary information to first responders to enable them to effectively recognize the signs of human trafficking and enslavement, perform a preliminary investigation to determine if criminal statues are being violated, and what resources are available to first responders, professionals and victims concerning human trafficking of minors.
- Human Trafficking of Minors for Victim Advocates: This course gives Victim Advocates in-depth information on how to effectively recognize the signs of human trafficking and enslavement, better assess the specific needs of minor victims, and identify resources that may be available to first responders, professionals, and victims concerning the human trafficking of minors.
- Advanced Investigative Techniques on the Human Trafficking of Minors: This is an advanced 8-hour course designed for investigators of human trafficking, pimping and pandering, and prostitution crimes. Instructors utilize real world examples and case studies to assist with criminal investigations and subsequent prosecutions. Students are educated on current investigative techniques, recruiting methods, vernacular specific to the subculture, and collection methods for processing evidence related to human trafficking crimes.
- Train the Trainer: Introduction to the Human Trafficking of Minors: This is an 8-hour course designed to prepare instructors to deliver a pre-created 2-hour introductory course on human trafficking (with emphasis on the trafficking of minors). The 2-hour pre-created course is designed to meet or exceed the requirements contained in California Proposition 35 which requires all law enforcement officers to receive a minimum of two hours training on human trafficking.
This project is funded by a Children’s Justice Act grant received through the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). For an executive overview DVD, training information, and/or registration details, please visit http://actnowca.com.