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January 10, 2018

Attorney General’s Office and Department of Public Safety to Conduct Joint Iowa Human Trafficking Summit

Training conference planned in response to statewide report identifying strong need for training

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Office to Combat Human Trafficking, will jointly conduct a first-of-its kind statewide human trafficking training conference in April.

The Iowa Human Trafficking Summit will focus on increasing awareness and understanding of all forms of trafficking, best practices for serving trafficking survivors, and multi-disciplinary response coordination. The conference is geared toward law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service advocates, medical professionals, social workers.

The conference will take place in Altoona on April 18-19.

A statewide human trafficking report released in April, “Understanding Human Trafficking in Iowa,” identified a strong need for additional statewide training for those who assist human trafficking victims.

The Crime Victim Assistance Division advocates for the rights and needs of Iowa’s crime victims and helps ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity. The division combats human trafficking by assisting victims, supporting local crime victim service organizations that serve trafficking survivors, and assisting the criminal justice system in holding traffickers accountable.

The Department of Public Safety’s Office to Prevent Human Trafficking is a statewide training coordinator that raises law enforcement’s and the public’s awareness of human trafficking in Iowa.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness month.


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