Employing a Victim-Centered Approach to Combat Human Trafficking


Tuesday, February 27, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Session Type: Workshop

To successfully fight human trafficking – the world’s second most profitable criminal enterprise and a crime happening in every community – law enforcement needs a thorough understanding of its components, from the tactics of traffickers to the populations most vulnerable to them, the indicators LE may encounter in the course of their everyday jobs and the importance of using a victim-centered approach when working with victims. Join Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) for an invaluable briefing on human trafficking, using case studies; an overview of potential human trafficking indicators that probation and parole clients may exhibit; and news about free, on-demand law enforcement training modules they’ve developed, along with an accompanying e-toolkit, that you should bring to your LEA. In these modules, command staff, law enforcement personnel and civilian employees can learn more about human trafficking from law enforcement command staff, human trafficking survivors, victims’ advocates and TAT trainers.


Kylla Leeburg Lanier
Deputy Director and Senior Director of Public Sector Engagement, Truckers Against Trafficking

Kylla Lanier is the Deputy Director and Senior Director of Public Sector Engagement for Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking, bus and energy industries to combat domestic sex trafficking. She is responsible for implementation of vision, public sector engagement, training and national promotion of the organization. She speaks on human trafficking at conferences, in the media, universities, industry meetings and makes operational decisions for TAT. She is responsible for TAT’s global expansion, implementation of TAT’s programming, including the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) model and pertinent legislation in all 50 states and also conducts in-depth law enforcement trainings around the nation. She consults with international agencies that seek to replicate TAT’s model and instructs audiences on best practices for engaging with trafficking victims. Ms. Lanier has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2007 when she helped initiate the state coalition against trafficking in Oklahoma. In addition to her human trafficking work, she has authored a book called My Life Crazy about her experiences working with gangs in El Salvador in the mid- 1990s. She was also named Broken Arrow Public Schools District Teacher of the Year in 2011.