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Intimate Partner Human Trafficking: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation

January 5 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

2:00pm-3:30pm ET

Presented by Jennifer Dolle, AEquitas Attorney Advisor, and Wendy Barnes, Just Exits Advisory Councilmember

Human traffickers control their victims through force, fraud, and coercion. In the case of intimate partner sex trafficking, these methods of control are uniquely manipulative and difficult to identify. Understanding the historical and circumstantial factors that lead to vulnerabilities exploited by traffickers in these relationships allows law enforcement and prosecutors to more successfully address and minimize harm to victims while effectively investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases.

This presentation will describe how, in addition to violence and threats, traffickers exploit feelings of love and loyalty to maintain power over their victims and perpetrate sex trafficking and related crimes. The presenters will discuss the importance of identifying victims of intimate partner human trafficking to ensure victim safety and provide access to services and support, while at the same time articulating offender conduct to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be better able to:
• Identify barriers to disclosing abuse and exiting intimate partner violence
• Recognize and describe methods of control utilized by intimate partner traffickers
• Investigate and prosecute crimes of intimate partner human trafficking
• Provide support and connect victims with meaningful services to address trauma and minimize further harm within the system


January 5
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM