August 7, 2014
Jessica is part of The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking). As the Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Education Manager, Jessica divides her time primarily between managing her caseload and educating the community. Case management involves dealing with victims of different ages, races, and genders using a trauma-informed approach to provide victims with much needed resources. Resources often include food, clothing, shelter, transportation, assistance with medical and legal appointments and coordination with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. Community education involves training law enforcement officials, government organizations, and various other civic-based organizations and groups on how to interact with and recognize victims of human trafficking.
August 1, 2014
Other states can learn a lesson from Tennessee, which is the only state that has passed an asset forfeiture law that funnels property seized in connection with sex trafficking into training programs for law enforcement officials. The law takes the proceeds from criminal human trafficking and divides them between forfeiture expenses and expenses for human trafficking training programs. The first of its kind to specifically designate proceeds for educating law enforcement officials, the Tennessee law acknowledges that officials need training on how to distinguish the victims of human trafficking from the actual perpetrators of the crime.
July 30, 2014
“These are not faraway kids in faraway lands… These are America’s children.” – FBI Director James Comey
In June, the FBI rescued 168 victims of child sex trafficking and arrested 281 traffickers as part of Operation Cross Country, a weeklong enforcement action. This is the eighth such operation of its kind, and took place in 106 cities. The operation was part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Initiative, aimed at addressing the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children. Since the initiative’s inception in June 2003, it has led to the rescue of more than 3,400 children and the conviction of nearly 1,500 sex traffickers and their associates.