Justice practitioners are increasingly recognizing that prostitution is often a form of human trafficking. In response, judges, courts, and other critical stakeholders are developing new approaches—rather than ﬁnes and jail time—to address the complex and overlapping problems, including violence, fear, trauma, abuse, and drug addiction, that keep many prostituted women, men, and children in “the life” of prostitution.
The Center for Court Innovation offers free technical assistance, supported by the State Justice Institute, to jurisdictions across the United States interested in planning, implementing, or enhancing a court-based response to human trafficking. The Center is part of the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, through which it develops customized training and technical assistance plans, planning materials, and publications for a wide range of criminal justice practitioners. For more information or to request training and technical assistance, click here.
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Planning Tools and Resources
This comprehensive toolkit offers step-by-step instructions to help courts and communities assess their current approaches to human trafficking and prostitution, and develop or enhance a court-based response.
This guide offers concrete steps for judges and court staff to enhance their ability to respond effectively and sensitively to these difficult cases.
This article explores court responses to human trafficking in a range of jurisdictions
This five-part webinar series offers strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors.
This fact sheet explores the complex relationship between domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking and offers strategies for developing effective justice-system responses.