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

Outreach & Awareness Subcommittee

Chaired by Chief Gary McCarthy of the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Outreach & Awareness Subcommittee promotes public awareness about human trafficking, victim services and trafficking prevention. The subcommittee works to identify new relationships for distribution of human trafficking awareness materials and presents Human Trafficking 101 and resources available to address human trafficking to community partners.

During 2019, the subcommittee reached over 5,000 new stakeholders, including medical professionals, AZ Department of Child Safety staff, law enforcement, college students, parents and youth. Some highlights of the work include:

  • Subcommittee members participated in the 2019 Biometric Conference in Scottsdale;
  • Chief McCarthy participated as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking;
  • Members of the subcommittee participated at the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Conference; and,
  • A subcommittee member was interviewed on the “Law Matters” radio show on KVOI AM the Voice in Tucson. This station reaches an audience of over 2,000 people.


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