Trauma-Informed Approaches and Interviewing of Labor Trafficking Victims in the U.S.
This webinar is designed to support police and prosecutors to conduct interviews and investigations of labor trafficking in the U.S. using a trauma-informed approach.
Target Audience: Police, prosecutors, and allied professionals
Overall Objective: To define trauma-informed practice; identify common effects of trauma and how they may present in labor trafficking victims; acknowledge that trauma, fear, and culture affect a labor trafficking victim’s ability to disclose their victimization and participate in an investigation or prosecution; and conduct interviews to minimize re-traumatization and maximize information gathering.
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.
Kristen McGeeney (Moderator)
Kristen McGeeney is a Project Manager in the Programs division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has been with the IACP for four years. She oversees the day-to-day programmatic, logistic, and financial details of several projects focused on providing innovative and victim-centered training and technical assistance (TTA) on human trafficking and gender-based violence to law enforcement and allied partners. Currently, she manages the National Human Trafficking Training & Technical Assistance Program for Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Forces, which provides training on emerging techniques and best practices to support trauma-informed and victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking; address core multidisciplinary task force operational needs; and build trust between persons subjected to human trafficking and justice system personnel.
Prior to joining the IACP, Kristen served as a Special Investigator with the University of Maryland Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, as the Title IX Coordinator at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and as a police corporal at McDaniel College Department of Campus Safety, where she specialized in conducting trauma-informed investigations of gender-based violence. Kristen has been conducting law enforcement training on gender-based violence since 2012, and is a former trustee of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, MD. Kristen is a graduate of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is violence prevention fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.
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.