Resources to help your human trafficking investigations

Many law enforcement investigators have received much-needed training on the prevalence of human trafficking, but very few have actually participated in a human trafficking case. But there are resources out there to assist you, starting with: 

•    National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-3737-888
•    ICE Tip Line: 866-DHS-2-ICE
•    Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit: 202-514-3204
•    FBI Human Trafficking
•    U.S. Department of Justice Archive

Remember that although the universe of people with expertise in human trafficking is still relatively small, and there may be another investigator nearby who has an interest in trafficking of which you are unaware. Ask around, and find out. 

About the author

John Vanek is a leadership, collaboration, and anti-human trafficking consultant and speaker working with law enforcement agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations, academic institutions and private sector companies. John served 25 years with the San Jose Police Department (retiring in the rank of lieutenant), holds a Master of Arts in Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

John focuses on promoting 21st Century Leadership principles and skills within the law enforcement community, is a nationally-recognized authority on the response to human trafficking, and managed the San Jose Police Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force from 2006-2011. 

John has worked with the United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorneys, California’s Office of the Attorney General, the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the California District Attorneys Association,, the American Probation and Parole Association, Watch Systems, the Not For Sale Campaign, the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, and other organizations.  

During his career John’s assignments included Special Operations, Training (Firearms and Tactics), Sexual Assault Investigations, Vice, Systems Development, and the Bomb Squad.

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