In partnership with the Office of the Texas Attorney General, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University provided a two-day training to law enforcement and prosecutors in Laredo, Texas.

On Sept. 26, over 50 law enforcement officers were given a nine-hour training on human trafficking case identification, response and prosecution by Assistant Attorney General Kirsta Melton, who is  also head of the Human Trafficking Unit at the Office of the Attorney General. The officers also heard from service providers, including Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and Refugee Services of Texas, about what resources are available to victims of trafficking.

On Sept. 27, Asstant Attorney General Kirsta Melton trained prosecutors on best practices for the prosecution of human trafficking cases. In the afternoon, over 60 service providers, law enforcement, and members of the general public attended the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force meeting. The attendees learned what human trafficking is, what red flags to identify victims and how to effectively report cases. They also heard from critical stakeholders such as Andrea Sparks, the director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team in the Texas Governor’s Office.

Check out the news coverage of the event here: