By John A Martin, Center for Public Policy Studies

The National Association for Court Management Guide to Addressing Human Trafficking in the State Courts (HT Guide) provides state court practitioners a comprehensive resource for:

  • clarifying the types and dynamics of sex and labor human trafficking involving U.S. citizens and foreign nationals present in jurisdictions across the nation;
  • identifying how traffickers and victims might appear in different types of state court cases, including criminal, family, juvenile, child protection, ordinance violation, and civil cases;
  • accessing tools and guidelines for using the tools to help courts identify and process cases where trafficking is involved; and
  • accessing links to other resources to help courts address trafficking-related problems.

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HT Guide Contents Overview

Justice Statue holding scalesThe HT Guide is intended to support the efforts of courts not only in their traditional role of independent adjudicators, but also in their role as justice system and community leaders. Consequently, even though state court judges and personnel are the primary audience for the HT Guide, we are confident that numerous other groups concerned about human trafficking—such as health and human service organizations, law enforcement agencies, and victim advocates—should find it valuable too.

In large part, because the role of state courts in addressing human trafficking is a recent topic to many court practitioners, the HT Guide includes considerable background and context-defining information about numerous aspects of human trafficking as well as practical guidelines and tools for directly assisting court practitioners in cases involving traffickers and trafficking victims.

Chapter 1:   Addressing Human Trafficking in the State Courts: Background and Approach
Chapter 2:   Community Courts, Specialized Dockets, and Other Approaches to Address Sex Trafficking
Chapter 3:   Human Trafficking and Immigrant Victims
Chapter 4:   Child Trafficking Victims and the State Courts
Chapter 5:   Identifying and Responding to Sex Trafficking
Chapter 6:   Ethical Issues for Judges and Court Practitioners in Human Trafficking-Involved Cases
Chapter 7:   The Affordable Care Act: Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking in Rebuilding Their Lives
Chapter 8:   Tribal Justice and Sex Trafficking
Chapter 9:   Addressing Complexities of Language and Culture in Human Trafficking-Involved Cases
Chapter 10: Labor Trafficking
Chapter 11: Human Trafficking Education Resources for Judges and Court Practitioners


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