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New Guide on Human Trafficking and the State Courts

New electronic manual addressing state court involvement in human trafficking cases available to New Mexico judges.
An electronic version of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) Guide to Addressing
Human Trafficking in the State Courts is now available online. The HT Guide was produced by the
Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, an initiative funded by the State Justice Institute.
The HT Guide is a downloadable, 11-chapter resource for state court practitioners that:
  • clarifies the types and dynamics of sex and labor trafficking involving U.S. citizens and foreign nationals;
  • identifies how traffickers and victims may appear in different types of state court cases, including criminal, family, juvenile, child protection, ordinance violation, and civil cases;
  • provides tools and guidelines to help courts identify and process cases where trafficking is involved; and
  • links to other resources to assist courts in addressing trafficking-related problems.
The HT Guide also has been prepared to support the courts not only in their traditional role as independent adjudicators, but also as justice system and community leaders.