Identifying and assisting human trafficking survivors: A post-training analysis of first responders

Sarah Erwin, Jessie Peter, Rochelle L. Dalla, Virginia Chaidez, Amy Encinger, Lee Kreimer

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First responders and the agencies for which they work face numerous challenges in identifying and assisting human trafficking survivors. This article aims to outline the ways in which first responders in a Midwestern state identify and provide services to human trafficking survivors. Six months after attending a two-day training aimed at recognizing and assisting human trafficking survivors, first responders were invited to participate in a follow-up survey regarding the training that they received. Responses were collected from 270 participants who work at various government, medical, or social service agencies in both rural and urban service areas across the state. Results focus on perceived prevalence of human trafficking, type of trafficking survivor populations served, barriers to service provision, and confidence in identifying indicators of human trafficking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
Pages (from-to)5-36
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Community services
  • First responders
  • Human trafficking
  • Provision
  • Victim identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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