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New Human Trafficking Awareness Program Debuts at FLETC-Charleston

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2019

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) hosted a successful pilot for a new program, the Human Trafficking Awareness Training (HTAT), at its training site in Charleston, South Carolina, May 21-22, 2019.

During the two-day, classroom-based training FLETC provided students with an in-depth understanding of the definition of human trafficking, the current indicators that law enforcement and the private sector may see within specific industries, as well as some of the immigration relief options available to international victims. The program was attended by 26 representatives from a variety of agencies within the law enforcement community, to include U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and local law enforcement agencies.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the need for a more robust and comprehensive training to build upon the Blue Campaign's provision of nationwide awareness and education campaigns since 2010. In response, FLETC created a new, permanent training program to be included within its training catalog. The United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, established in 2015, also continues to emphasize advancing and increasing the awareness and delivery of training across federal, state, local, and private sectors.  A member of the Advisory Council addressed students at the training pilot.

FLETC-Charleston Lead Instructor Brian Welsh states, “Human Trafficking is a true crime against humanity and requires the vigilance of all stakeholders, including law enforcement officers and non-governmental, to be aware of the signs and indicators in order to combat this crime at root level. FLETC is committed, along with our law enforcement partners and industry stakeholders, to raise awareness through training. Increased awareness is key to identifying victims and traffickers.”

To learn more about FLETC, please visit our website at www.fletc.gov.

FLETC trains the majority of federal law enforcement officers and agents in the United States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federal partner organizations, FLETC provides training to state, local, tribal, and international police in advanced programs. FLETC graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.

Headquartered on a 1600-acre campus at Glynco, near Brunswick, Georgia, FLETC also operates facilities in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland.

FLETC instructor teaches Human Trafficking Awareness Training.
Photo Courtesy of FLETC. 

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