The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists human trafficking as the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world.
The International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators (IAHTI) is a nonprofit organization combating human trafficking by arming law enforcement officers and prosecutors around the world with the training and resources they need to reach more victims and prosecute their traffickers.
Since its inception in 2009, IAHTI has grown to over 350 members, which include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, community organizations and individuals. IAHTI has provided training for more than 1,000 investigators in 10 countries and two U.S. Territories, with those numbers growing every year.
What makes IAHTI different from other human trafficking organizations is that all of its trainers are active or retired city, county, state and federal human trafficking investigators. Rather than sharing conceptual knowledge based on a handbook, IAHTI’s trainers bring real-world experience gained in the field. This unique perspective results in investigators who are better informed and better prepared to identify, charge and close human trafficking cases around the world. Read more about our trainings here.
In addition, IAHTI’s digital resources provide the ability for investigators to receive the most up-to-date human trafficking investigative techniques and technology, and for them to connect and communicate to share best practices with other investigators around the world.
IAHTI also assists colleges and state law enforcement agencies with designing human trafficking investigation curriculum. And, at several universities in the U.S., Students Against Slavery chapters operate as student organizations under IAHTI.
IAHTI has offices in Clearwater, Florida, and Knoxville, Tennessee.