Victim Centered Approaches to Law Enforcement: Keeping the Best Interest of Victims in Focus

This is designed to give Human Trafficking Investigators an understanding of psychological effects of Human Trafficking, so more Victim Centered-Offender Focused Investigations occur, ensuring the victims needs are met, and aiming to conduct investigations and prosecutions of offenders without victim cooperation.  Topics discussed will be stages of victimization, causes of victimization, trauma in the brain, learned helplessness, and how to approach these investigations with the best interest of the victim’s overall well being being taken into account.  Then shifting their investigations from the victim, to the offender to ensure the victim is not even necessary for investigative and purposes of prosecution.  In addition we will discuss how to conduct these operations using minimal funding, and manpower.


Detective Joseph Scaramucci

Detective , McLennan County Sheriff’s Office