A primary goal of the Justice Initiative is to increase the identification of those victimized and vulnerable to human trafficking and to improve the response of the law enforcement community. To accomplish this, the Foundation leverages the expertise of former federal law enforcement agents to facilitate national and international training engagements that improve intelligence-led investigations, victim identification, and the prosecution of criminal perpetrators.
National and International Training Program
Grace Farms Foundation supports a national and international training program that increases awareness of the heinous phenomenon of Child Sex Tourism (CST) and helps build capacity for preventive action across law enforcement, governmental authorities, and victim service providers.
The main objectives of the program include raising awareness of CST, strengthening information and data exchange among law enforcement agencies, and providing country-specific training that addresses weaknesses in current prevention, enforcement, and prosecution techniques
To achieve these objectives, Grace Farms Foundation is leveraging the international knowledge and expertise of former federal law enforcement agents to facilitate “capacity building” training engagements. These trainings are customized to the specific concerns of each host country; however, every engagement typically covers the following seven (7) modules:
Protect Act: Child Sex Tourism
Human Trafficking Investigation
Money Laundering Fundamentals
Investigative Interviewing Techniques
Tracing of Funds
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
In February, 2018, representatives from Grace Farms Foundation traveled to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to conduct training for dozens of law enforcement officials, including members of the police, customs, prosecutions and wildlife departments, on how to combat and successfully prosecute transnational organized crime groups operating by illegal means on a global level. The training brought together officials from seven (7) countries, including the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The case study-based curriculum, developed in a collaborative effort by Grace Farms Foundation’s Rod Khattabi, Freeland Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), covered seizure, interview techniques, supply chain, financial investigation, evidence gathering, affidavits and prosecution.
In 2017, Éloquence Club de Plaidoirie and Grace Farms Foundation offered a first-of-its-kind free training on the implementation of U.S. federal anti-trafficking law 18USC 2423: Transportation of minors, which enables the prosecution of U.S. citizens and green card holders involved in child sex tourism in a foreign country. The training—led by Rod Khattabi, an expert in federal prosecution and the protection of minors and victims of sex crimes, who currently serves as Director of Safety & Justice Initiative Advisor at Grace Farms Foundation —brought together 223 participants including the Haitian National police, prosecutors, lawyers, victim service providers, and law students to learn about the appropriate procedures for investigating and reporting such crimes to the United States Embassy. Participants learned how to establish rapport, actively listen and interview victims, as well as how to implement anti-trafficking laws.
State and Local Trainings
On a state level, Grace Farms Foundation provides training for the Fairfield County Detective School on human trafficking investigations. In April, 2018, the Foundation will lead our first training for counseling and case-work service providers, in collaboration with Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, CT.
Combatting Transnational Organized Crime
Representatives from Grace Farms Foundation traveled to the Republic of Congo to conduct training on combatting and prosecuting transnational organized crime groups.