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December 16, 2009 10:15 PM

Ideas from the experts: Mark Bratman, International Rescue Committee

The Kansas City Star asked top human trafficking experts across the country to identify ways to improve America’s anti-slavery efforts at home. Their responses were edited for length. Among them was Mark Bratman, ALERT Program Manager, International Rescue Committee, Phoenix:

“We need mandatory training for law enforcement officers at all levels. Officers need to understand the signs of trafficking, be able to differentiate it from smuggling, be aware of the laws against the crime and understand how agencies are available to assist victims. Some states include this in their anti-trafficking laws while others such as Arizona do not. Florida mandates 40 hours of training for law enforcement personnel.

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