Language Access and Immigration Relief Tools in Labor Trafficking Investigations in the U.S.
This webinar is designed to provide an overview of immigration relief tools and considerations for ensuring language access in labor trafficking investigations.
Target Audience: Police, prosecutors, and allied professionals
Overall Objective: To articulate the differences between T visas, U visas, and Continued Presence; utilize immigration relief tools to improve victim participation in the criminal justice system; enhance victim safety by certifying that an individual is a victim of qualifying offenses; strategize how to address the victims’ immigration status during trial; implement the proper steps to comply with legal requirements regarding language access; effectively use interpreters to engage with victims and ensure statements made by defendants are admissible; and provide culturally appropriate language access to non-English speaking victims.
Project Funding Provided By: The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
Includes: A webinar featuring subject matter experts discussing strategies to help police and prosecutors to proactively identify victims of labor trafficking and effectively investigate and prosecute traffickers using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.
To learn more about IACP’s anti-human trafficking resources, go to https://www.theiacp.org/projects/anti-human-trafficking-training-and-technical-assistance.
Jane Anderson, JD
Attorney Advisor, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women
Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking to her role as an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as a prosecutor in Miami, Florida where she tried many of the state's first human trafficking cases. In her role as a founding member of the Human Trafficking Unit, Jane developed policies to better identify and provide necessary services to trafficking victims, while ensuring offender accountability through the use of digital evidence and creative charging decisions. Jane also served as a supervisor in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she trained new attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, and violations of protection orders. Throughout her career, Jane prosecuted felony-level crimes of all types, including homicide, kidnapping, and sexual assault. Currently, Jane’s responsibilities include serving as a member of the IACP technical assistance team and as ICF’s “field coach” for human trafficking prosecutors around the country. Jane graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Director of Support Services, International Institute of Buffalo, Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force
Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, is the Director of Survivor Support Services at the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB) and supervises a team of case managers and advocates working with nearly 500 survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence annually. Ms. Fleischauer serves as the co-facilitator of the Western District of New York’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force, a position she has held since its inception in 2007. In addition, Ms. Fleischauer serves as a project consultant for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, providing training and technical assistance for organizations administering direct care to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking across the country. Ms. Fleischauer has represented the immigrant victim services perspective on the New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, a position she was appointed to by Governor Cuomo in 2012. She also testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence-related trauma for state-level criminal cases. Ms. Fleischauer was appointed by Governor Cuomo as an inaugural member of the New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team in 2012 and testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence-related trauma for state-level criminal cases. She was appointed to the New York State Office of Victim Services Advisory Counsel in 2017. She serves on the board of Freedom Network USA and is an active member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. Ms. Fleischauer has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a certificate in Trauma Counseling from the University of Buffalo. She has specific expertise in program planning, multidisciplinary collaborative teams, and provides training to national audiences on the implementation of trauma-informed care within victim services programs.
Detective, Seattle Police Department, Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT)
Detective Megan Bruneau Zentner has been with the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for 20 years and is currently assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Megan has been assigned as SPD’s grant-funded Human Trafficking Detective for over 10 years and is a Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations (Seattle office). She is dedicated to a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to human trafficking cases and works to bring creativity and diligence to all investigations. This has allowed her to develop excellent relationships with fellow investigators, prosecutors, immigration attorneys and NGO service providers. Megan has provided professional training on human trafficking investigations to law enforcement agencies locally, nationally, and internationally at the request of the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other agencies. As a patrol officer Megan worked at the West Precinct in downtown Seattle and was assigned to the VICE/High Risk Victims Unit for over 8 years. Megan assisted the Street VICE Squad, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, multiple precinct Anti-Crime Team (ACT) Units, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on various operations. Prior to becoming a sworn police officer in 2006, Megan spent her first five years with SPD as a civilian employee with the Victim Support Team (VST), an on-scene crisis intervention advocacy program for domestic violence victims and their children. After starting as a volunteer and working in the office through the AmeriCorps program, Megan became the VST Supervisor from 2003 to 2005. Megan is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Erie County, New York, Sheriff’s Office, Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force
Detective Theresa Nietzel is assigned to the Narcotics & Intelligence Division within the Human Trafficking Unit for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and also serves as the Program Director for the Western District of New York’s Human Trafficking Task Force & Alliance. Theresa has been working in law enforcement for 16 years, serving as a lead investigator of Human Trafficking investigations. Theresa Nietzel began her police officer career with the Town of Newburgh Police Department before becoming a Deputy Sheriff with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in 2010.
In 2019, Theresa was awarded the HSI Executive Director Award for Outstanding Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking as a Task Force Officer. In 2017, Theresa was awarded the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Partnership Award for her Outstanding Contribution as a State or Local Officer while serving as a Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations on human trafficking investigations. After earning her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she joined Medaille College as an adjunct professor. Theresa has also served in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer for 13 years.
Jessie Plamp (Moderator)
Jessie Plamp is a member of the IACP Programs Team where she currently works as the Project Coordinator on the Enhancing Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Task Force Operations Program to support the needs of ECM task forces through training and curriculum development. She previously worked as the Project Assistant on the BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Human Trafficking Task Force Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program to support the needs of the local ECM task forces.
Before joining the IACP Jessie worked as an Assistant Supervisor at Eye2Eye Optometry Office, overseeing staff and responding to the medical needs of patients. Jessie earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Michigan State University and Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University. During her Master’s Program she was an intern at The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), where she developed curriculum modules, using Power Point and Google Slides, on the profile of cybercriminals.
Erin Albright, JD
Co-Director of Project Roadmap
Erin Albright is the Co-Director of Project Roadmap, which provides expert technical assistance to human trafficking task forces across the United States. She is an internationally recognized anti-trafficking expert with over a dozen years of experience establishing, guiding, and funding initiatives of all sizes and at every stage of development. Her work focuses on building capacity to combat labor trafficking, development and operations of multi-disciplinary teams, and improving law enforcement responses to human trafficking. A subject matter expert for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, the US Commission on Human Rights, and the California Office of Emergency Services, she has also worked globally with countries from Armenia to Uzbekistan. In the United States, her partners and clients range from the Department of Justice and the American Bar Association to 23 state and local task forces.
Her most recent accolade was a three-year Visiting Fellowship with the DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime, where she created new frameworks for this rapidly evolving field. A graduate of Mary Washington College, and Boston College Law School, Albright is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Deputy Director of Special Prosecutions
New Mexico Office of the Attorney General
Brittany DuChaussee is the Deputy Director of Special Prosecutions at the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. In this position, DuChaussee prosecutes crimes against children including physical and sexual abuse, labor trafficking, sex trafficking and internet crimes against children. In 2019, she secured the first labor trafficking conviction in New Mexico since the adoption of a human trafficking statute in 2008. In 2018, DuChaussee received the Justice Pamela B. Minzer Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award for her work prosecuting cases which protect the most vulnerable populations in her community. Since 2014, DuChaussee has spent her career concentrating on violent crimes against women and children both, at the Office of the Attorney General and at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Detective, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition
Detective Scaramucci began his career in law enforcement in 2004 and was promoted to Detective in 2008 with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, investigating Crimes Against Persons. Since initiating investigations in Human Trafficking in 2014, Detective Scaramucci has participated in John Suppression events, arresting over 450 sex buyers. Since 2015 he has conducted sting operations resulting in the arrest of approximately 135 individuals for Human Trafficking and related offenses, which lead to the identification of approximately 250 trafficking victims. Detective Scaramucci has worked both State and Federal investigation as a Task Force Officer with H.S.I., which has led to investigations and arrests throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has also lead and trained numerous agencies throughout the U.S. on how to conduct these operations, along with operations targeting Illicit Massage Parlors. Detective Scaramucci is certified in Courts of Law as a Subject Matter Expert in Human Trafficking. He is further employed as a consultant for the Polaris Project, and Collective Liberty, training more than 278 agencies throughout the 29 states, 11 federal agencies, branches of the U.S. Military, the Mongolian Federal Police and Prosecutors Offices, along with providing technical support for their Human Trafficking Operations and Investigations.