Because human trafficking can be difficult to identify, even professionals require training in spotting trafficking situations and helping victims. There are numerous organizations and resources available to professionals, so that they can educate themselves about human trafficking and aid in putting an end to this pervasive issue. Below is a selection of resources for hospital workers, social service workers, lawyers, teachers, and businesses.

End Child Prostitution and Trafficking USA (ECPAT-USA)

ECPAT-USA is a national organization, based in New York, that focuses on protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution and trafficking. It conducts advocacy and awareness raising activities and provides technical assistance to organizations that are working to improve policy and legislation for the protection of children under 18 years old.
Learn more about End Child Prostitution and Trafficking USA

Hospitality and Travel Professionals

ECPAT-USA provides training specific for travel and tourism professionals on prevention of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.  It help companies create protocols to prevent trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA’s resources include awareness raising videos and scenarios aimed at training staff at various levels.  For more information you may review the ECPAT USA travel and tourism project and contact the Private Sector Project Coordinator, Michelle Guelbart at

General Training

The Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking has trained more than 2,400 participants across the United States, including law enforcement, hospital workers, social workers, lawyers, community members, teachers and school staff, and concerned professionals and individuals. For more information on the institute's training programs, visit its website. For information about creating a specialized training program here in New York City, contact local Freedom Network Institute member Safe Horizon at (718) 943-8631. 

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), is a New York-based organization that serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS also provides training to a variety of groups, including hospital workers, law enforcement, community health professionals, social workers, child welfare staff, lawyers, court officials, school staff, 911 responders, and first responders. Trainings educate participants about the commercial sexual exploitation of children and how to respond to it. Visit the GEMS website to request a training session.

Hospital Workers

The Mayor’s Office Survivors of Human Exploitation Working Group has partnered with Safe Horizon to develop a free, anti-human trafficking introductory training tool specifically for medical and mental professionals.Recognizing Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Health Care Providers (PPT) Hospital workers can also use the following training material from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help identify trafficking victims when they see them, to learn how to take care of trafficking victims once they are identified, and to educate their coworkers about the issue. IOM - Caring for Trafficked Persons: A Guide for Health Providers


Lawyers can use the following resources to learn how to recognize and understand cases of human trafficking:
Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking (in PDF)
The American Bar Association, Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims (in PDF)
New York Anti-Trafficking Network Blog


The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation has launched its 100 Days to Freedom curriculum – a service-learning project that will encourage secondary school students both to commemorate history and agitate to end human trafficking. Teachers can also raise students' awareness about human trafficking by using the "Dreams Die Hard" study guide and documentary from Free the Slaves.

100 Days to Freedom (in PDF)
Download the study guide (in PDF)


Businesses can use the International Labor Organization's (ILO) handbook for employers and businesses. This handbook helps businesses avoid employing forced labor and outlines what businesses need to include in their corporate social responsibility programs to successfully fight forced labor in their supply chains. Access the handbook Criminal Justice Professionals
The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has created a practical guide and training tool for criminal justice practitioners around the world on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking.
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