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Seminar Title:  
Human Trafficking: Transnational Crime Spanning the Globe to Include Your Backyard

DATES:  11/6/2018 through 11/7/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Wayne Sheppard

LOCATION:  Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center  - 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA  17110

HOTEL:  Staybridge Suites - Harrisburg, PA  717-233-3304
$114.00 Single or Double Book Room Online Here

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Wayne Sheppard assists local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in areas such as violent crime analysis, case consultations and investigative assistance as requested by law enforcement in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he provides training in violent crime analysis, crime scene assessments, the design of law enforcement policies and procedures, the development of regional response plans, and other efforts aimed at enhancing an agency’s overall investigative response to violent crime incidents, missing, abducted and exploited children incidents.

He is an international lecturer on behavioral crime scene assessments and murder and rape typologies and has conducted research in the areas of serial homicide and child homicides.

Mr. Sheppard is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police where he held a number of investigative and supervisory positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, also, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit where he provided investigative assistance for law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program for Pennsylvania.

He has also addressed professionals representing the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and parole, medicine, law, television, radio and academia on a national and international basis.

He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his support and expertise in violent crime and child exploitation investigations.

Mr. Sheppard is a member of the Vidocq Society, a group comprised of experts from various disciplines across the country that provide pro bono services in the investigation and analysis of unsolved violent crimes occurring in the United States.

He is the past Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, and past board member of the Attorney General’s Legal/Medical Advisory Board on Elder Abuse.

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Course Objectives

Human trafficking. Surely a household word. Everyone has heard of human trafficking. Moreover, society’s perception of human trafficking conjures up the picture of a female engaged in prostitution against her will. Even labeling human trafficking as “modern day slavery”. In part, society is right. However when one takes a closer look at human trafficking, they are quite shocked. There are numerous issues surrounding human trafficking. Issues that are far reaching. Issues that are indeed undermining the very fabric of society. A misunderstanding of human trafficking can lead to a lack of emphasis and prioritization from society to combat this crime. This course of instruction is designed to provide an in-depth look at human trafficking that encompasses defining human trafficking and establishing an understanding of the numerous issues surrounding human trafficking. The course of instruction will cover the prevalence of human trafficking, the range of victimization, federal and state laws addressing human trafficking. Additionally, the course is designed to provide the participant with investigative measures that are necessary to effectively identify human trafficking activities, recover victims of human trafficking, holding the offenders culpable and providing post arrest. Acknowledging that law enforcement agencies have limited resources, this course will provide the platform for the creation of a multi-disciplinary team approach to the investigation of human trafficking and provide the resources for the formulation of human trafficking task forces. This 2 ½ day course of instruction is a “hands on” course in which the participants will take part in reviewing case studies, participate in work groups, and assist in identifying the strengths and weaknesses in an agency’s response to human trafficking incidents. To enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill set, this course of instruction will cover the information in the modules listed below.

Defining Human Trafficking: Historically, the crime of human trafficking has evolved and the effects are felt globally. From transnational perspectives to America’s perspective, understanding the issues is of paramount importance for professionals in establishing their efforts to effectively combat the broad range of issues. In this module the participants will be provided statistical data on human trafficking that will clearly define the issue and thus identify the need to enhance the investigative response.

Human Trafficking Prevalence: By examining the prevalence data associated with human trafficking, participants will understand how invasive human trafficking is and that the data fully supports a robust investigative response that should include encompassing a multiple agency response.

span class="tBodyBold">Federal and State Laws: Human trafficking is a global issue and is present in every demographic in the United States. Both federal laws and state laws have been passed to address the broad range of criminal activity and actions associated with human trafficking. Participants will be provided with the numerous laws with a focus on the understanding the elements of the offense as a means to “build” a criminal case.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation: At the core of this criminal activity is the demand for money. The purchase of sex creates a demand for victims. Synonymous with sex trafficking, it includes all forms of sexual exploitation and thus violates many federal and state laws. Participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the various forms of exploitation and how to effectively investigate these crimes.

Human Trafficking Victimization: Due to the nature of the crime, victims are not forth coming and reporting the victimization to authorities. Trafficking victims are closely guarded by their captors, many victims lack accurate immigration documentation, trafficked domestic servants remain “invisible” in private homes, and private businesses often act as a “front” for a back-end trafficking operation, which make human trafficking a particularly difficult crime to identify and investigate.

Participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the numerous types of victimization as a means to identify what crimes are being violated and how to appropriately investigate and charge those committing these crimes.

Assessing Your Agency’s Response: Through the use of work groups, the course will culminate with the participants identifying an agency’s strengths and weaknesses in its response to human trafficking incidents. By utilizing an agency self-assessment instrument, the participants will identify those strengths and weaknesses and then recommend strategies to fill in those response gaps.

Going Beyond the Classroom: An important component of this course of instruction will be a question and answer session between the participants and the instructor pertaining to what are the “next steps” to be taken to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive response to human trafficking incidents.

Case Reviews: Throughout the course of instruction, the participants will review cases as a means to augment the lecture portion of this course.


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