Human Sex Trafficking Through the Lens of Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias is the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  It can cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance, and drives our behavior. Implicit Bias is developed over the course of a lifetime through exposure to direct and indirect messages. Therefore, the awareness of one’s own unconscious bias is important for personal growth and positive behavior which will lead to thorough investigations and prosecutions.  

Topics covered in this training include:

  • Exploration of the term implicit bias 

  • The Intersection of race, sexism, and human trafficking

  • Exploration of Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Exploration of Community Trauma

  • The effects of implicit bias on human trafficking investigations

  • Appropriate Victim Services Referrals


This training will include a lecture, a “hands-on” participant exercise, and a question and answer period.   The workshop will be presented in an uplifting manner with the purpose of motivating, educating, and arming participants with the tools needed for successful arrest, prosecution, and appropriate victim service referrals. There will be two workshops in two-hour segments.

This powerful workshop was designed to meet the needs and concerns of law enforcement agencies.  The concerns taken into consideration for workshop development are as follows but are not limited to, current societal trends, individual department needs, and current human trafficking information impacting the nation. The first two hours will consist of theory and interactive videos, the second two hours will consist of theory application in real-life scenarios and case studies. Participants will have a clear understanding of the impact of implicit bias and its effects on the investigators and the community they serve.