Human Trafficking Training For Professionals
ERASE Child Trafficking has a history of providing advanced, innovative and timely Human Trafficking related training. ERASE has trained local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement through its Advanced Human Trafficking Investigations Course, which prepares frontline law enforcement to understand the pervasive and complex issue of trafficking, recognize cases of trafficking in their communities, and structure successful trafficking investigations. In addition to law enforcement, ERASE offers Human Trafficking training for professionals.
Recognizing the complexities of Human Trafficking and the need to educate and appropriately train the various sectors impacted by this global issue, ERASE has expanded its repertoire of training to various audiences across multiple sectors. ERASE’s training covers the spectrum of Human Trafficking: from prevention to recognizing the signs of trafficking, to interacting with and treating survivors of Human Trafficking. Continuing to utilize its victim-centered approach, ERASE provides tailored training to address issues specific to particular sectors. ERASE’s courses are taught by instructors who are subject matter experts in the Human Trafficking field, having dealt with multiple Human Trafficking cases during their careers.
Sector Specific Courses
Below are some sectors and audiences for which ERASE provides training:
Major Richard Hoffman, Raleigh Police Department (Ret) IRIS Training and Consulting
A 24-year veteran of law enforcement, Rick Hoffman has worked in every division of the Raleigh Police Department, as well as with the district attorney’s office as an investigator. He has over 17 years of experience training officers as a certified police instructor.
Hoffman’s ongoing passion is to develop collaborative anti-human trafficking operations over a range of state, local, and federal agencies. As the Human Trafficking Coordinator in Raleigh, he was responsible for developing a consistent and proactive response to trafficking cases. Even in retirement, Hoffman serves as a consultant with multiple law enforcement agencies and victim service providers.
A native Spanish speaker, Hoffman possesses a unique opportunity to reach out to and connect with Spanish speaking victims of human trafficking. He’s heavily involved with creating public awareness in Raleigh and is a member of the city’s Rapid Response team.
Special Agent Victor Williams, Homeland Security Investigation (Ret)
Victor Williams is a respected figure in law enforcement with over 30 years of domestic and international experience. He joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1991, which later reorganized into the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2003.
In February 2011, Williams was assigned to the Office of the Special Agent in Charge Miami, Human Trafficking Group. There, he served as the Coordinator for the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force until his retirement in December 2017. During that time, he coordinated a vast number of human trafficking cases with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, along with the help of various non-governmental and faith-based organizations.
Williams has traveled to the International Law Enforcement Academies in Hungary, Botswana, and Vietnam to educate law enforcement officers from all over the world on how to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers. He’s helped police departments and prosecuting attorneys in the Bahamas and Jamaica to establish their own anti-trafficking programs.
Lori A Sims QMHP, MPP, (TTC), Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate
Lori Sims, a 2015 Presidential Management Fellow, who rotated throughout the Federal Government, working at both The Department of Health and Human Services – Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and The Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center.
While at the Office on Trafficking in Persons, Lori helped stand up the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center and develop new public awareness materials for the “Look Beneath the Surface” campaign. At the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, an Inter-agency effort, she stood up The Human Trafficking Community of Interest which unified partners against human trafficking through web-based tools, interactive communication, & real-time information sharing. Lori is currently working at the Department of Homeland Security.
Lori holds a Bachelor’s in Criminology, Law, and Society with a concentration in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption from George Mason University.
Lori Sims has been an advocate for vulnerable populations for well over a decade serving victims/survivors and building capacity in the areas of domestic violence, human trafficking, mental health, and at-risk youth. Lori is a qualified mental health professional in the state of Virginia.
The 2016 Winter Edition of The George Mason Spirit Magazine published an article highlighting Lori’s work with vulnerable populations and dedication to serving her community. Lori is active in the field of domestic sex trafficking where she volunteers and supports local initiatives, including being an acting-board member of Amara-legal, a law firm dedicated to helping victims of trafficking obtain record expungement. Lori strongly believes that each individual should be afforded the opportunity to succeed.
Shanika is a mother, nurse, advocate, and survivor. Having once being the victim of childhood sexual abuse and human trafficking she has a testimony of resilience. Her life’s experience has cultivated a mission to empower and change the world. With all that she does for the community one of her greatest services is a mother to her children and community children as well. Shanika has found her voice and that is what she uses to shed light into the lives of others.
She speaks publicly to bring awareness, change, and hope. Ms. Ampah credits education and her medical career to sustaining a positive pathway as a survivor. With nineteen years in the medical field, Shanika Ampah seeks to continue her endeavors. Currently employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Vitas Hospice, an Outreach Coordinator at the University of Miami T.H.R.I.V.E Clinic, and Kristi House as a Survivor Leader she dedicates her work to serve the most vulnerable populations.
Shanika Ampah is the Founder and Director of a 501c non-profit, Guiding Light Outreach Inc. which serves the community as a beacon of light against human trafficking and sexual assault. As a survivor leader and advocate works alongside many community stakeholders to bring awareness about this darkness that she has overcome. Ms. Ampah is an alumni of the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) in which she was a fellow of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy. As a keynote speaker of many amazing platforms, Shanika still finds her passion in speaking at high schools, college events, and assisting in training our local professional about human trafficking. Shanika states she is no longer a vulnerable, voiceless victim, what she survived has equipped her to help others, and now that she is an overcomer she has the strength and purpose to shine light into darkness.