December 10, 2022

By Rachl Aguirre

On Monday, December 5, 2022, The Human Trafficking Training Center provided detailed information in arming first responders, family court employees, and social workers with skilled training in identifying and rescuing victims of human trafficking.

Alison Phillips from Human Trafficking Training Center

The training occurred at the KCPD Regional Training Academy sponsored by We The People Of Jackson County, Missouri.

Participants were educated on the steps to take in recognizing, transitioning, finding evidence, interviewing, and special victim mythology.

Participants heard from survivors of human trafficking from a young age and lack of personhood by not only their traffickers but also by first responders and medical personnel.

Dan Nash from Human Trafficking Training Center

Talking to a victim as a person and using their same language, was what brought the speakers to the places of asking for help.

They shared why they didn’t leave their situation and the dangers associated with being groomed and victimized.

95% of groomers are acquaintances, often family members. Victims often take on the blame for the actions of their groomers.

First responders are the lifeline for victims to receive help from organizations such as ReHope and RPOR Relentless Pursuit Outreach & Recovery.

The public will have the same opportunity to be trained in identifying and helping suspected victims on March 4, 2023, at Kauffman Stadium. To register, contact

If you or someone you know needs help, contact your local police department or Relentless Pursuit Outreach & Recovery @ 816-301-5571. See Something. Say Something.