Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family


Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Training

Subcommittee on Training, Data & Outreach

Through the leadership of Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, the Training/Data & Research Subcommittee develops and facilitates trainings for professionals engaged in combating human trafficking in Arizona. Members of the subcommittee hosted 35 sex trafficking trainings for a total of 1,228 individuals. Training audiences were made up of social service agency staff, behavioral health staff, teachers, corrections officers, hospital residents and emergency room personnel, clinical providers, community college students and the community at-large. 

Human trafficking trainings included:

  • A two-day labor trafficking summit in Phoenix with a focus on creating a community coalition to focus on labor trafficking and labor exploitation.
  • Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections staff were trained to provide clinical services targeted to sex trafficking victims.
  • Community medical and mental health providers were trained in Maryvale.
  • Behavioral health technicians and clinical staff were trained at multiple residential treatment programs for youth in Maricopa County.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) were trained to work with sex trafficked minors.
  • Special education teachers and administrators were trained to identify and support students who have experienced child sex trafficking.

The Training/Data & Research Subcommittee is also charged with identifying and coordinating research on the issue of human trafficking as it occurs in Arizona and across the United States. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz, the Director of the Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) Office based in the Arizona State University School of Social Work collects and publishes local and national data that is used to inform training; coordinate victim identification and services; and, inform a coordinated response to victims by stakeholders such as law enforcement, social services, and health care professionals.

In 2019, the subcommittee published several studies. These included:

  • 2018 Youth Experience Survey
  • Sex Trafficking Awareness and Recovery Group (STAR) at Estrella Jail Report
  • CAUSE Task Force report
  • Child Sex Trafficking Survivor Roundtable Report
Training in Arizona

Through the promotion of multidisciplinary collaboration, the Arizona Human Trafficking Council continues to guide Arizona's statewide response to sex and labor trafficking with an increased focus on providing trauma-informed care. The Council also partners with the Governor's Youth Commission and their newly-formed human trafficking committee to ensure that teenagers have access to age-appropriate human trafficking awareness materials and resources to educate and support their peers.

In 2019, the Council continued to expand public awareness on human trafficking; victim services and prevention; trainings; data analysis; and collaboration. To this end, the Council expanded its pool of qualified Human Trafficking trainers; supported studies of two victim services programs; and brought Arizona stakeholders together to improve Arizona’s response to trafficking.

Since the inception of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council in 2014, members have provided trainings and awareness presentations to over 37,000 professionals and community members statewide, including: first responders, school nurses, counselors and administrators, forensic nurses, Arizona Department of Child Safety caseworkers, tribal law enforcement, and juvenile probation officers.

Online Training

The National Human Trafficking Hotline has developed an online training - "Human Trafficking 101" - to deliver an overview of human trafficking and the current anti-trafficking response in the United States. The online training module is designed to help stakeholders identify and respond to human trafficking and includes information on:

  • Federal definition of human trafficking
  • Descriptions of sex and labor trafficking
  • Identifying human trafficking victims
  • Understanding the mindset of human trafficking victims
  • The United States' anti-trafficking response network

NHTRC Overview of Child Sex Trafficking

Additional Training Resources

Blue Campaign

Human trafficking awareness training from the US Department of Homeland Security.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

No-cost training, technical assistance and resources for law enforcement and others who investigate cases of crimes committed against children.

National Criminal Justice Training Center

Pre-recorded webinars on a variety of topics related to human trafficking.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Interactive trainings & pre-recorded webinars on a variety of topics related to human trafficking.

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Training for investigators and prosecutors on child sex trafficking and the unique circumstances involved in the trafficking of minors.

Safe Action Project

Online training for hospitality employees about the warning signs of human trafficking, with a focus on child sex trafficking.

Training Resources United to Stop Trafficking

Workshops, networking, and training hosted by Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking (TRUST) and partners.

Training Publications

For Adult Probation Officers

With proper training, Probation Officers can begin to identify victims and help them receive the services needed to exit the life of prostitution.

For Child Protective Services

A sex trafficking and sexual exploitation training tool for Child Protective Services from the ASU School of Social Work Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research.

For EMS Providers

As an EMS provider, you are often the first set of eyes on trafficking victims. Through proper intervention, you could aid in victim rescue and ultimate recovery.

For Health Care Providers

A sex trafficking and sexual exploitation training tool for Health Care Providers from the ASU School of Social Work Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research.

For Mental Health Providers

A sex trafficking and sexual exploitation training tool for Mental Health Providers from the ASU School of Social Work Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research.

For School Educators and Administrators

A teen sex trafficking and sexual exploitation training toolkit.

How to Talk to Your Children

Tools to help you talk to your children about human trafficking.

Teen Sex Trafficking Awareness Training

Tools to equip students and teachers with the right knowledge about sex trafficking.