National Human Trafficking Hotline
233733 (BeFree)
SC Office of the Attorney General
Columbia, SC

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VSP-HT Information


Specialized Human Trafficking Victim Service Providers

In January 2019, the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force partnered with the Attorney General’s Department of Crime Victim Services Training, Provider Certification, and Statistical Analysis to launch a specialized training for human trafficking service providers. The development of this training followed the passage of H3329.

This training is the first of its kind in South Carolina as well as the nation. Select providers who complete a minimum of 15 hours in approved VSP human trafficking specific basic core requirements will receive certification. Certification is maintained by a minimum of 12 hours of approved VSP continuing education each subsequent calendar year. To qualify for the VSP-HT training, an individual must meet the following requirements:


Requirements to be considered for VSP-HT certification

  • A person who meets the statutory definition of Victim Service Provider (§ 16-3-1420), and
  • Whose role is primarily or solely providing direct services to victims of human trafficking, and is
  • A recognized member of a regional and/or the State Human Trafficking Task Force in South Carolina; and
  • Is approved by the criteria established by the State Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator.


SECTION 16-3-1420


  1. (1)"Victim service provider" means a person:
  2. (a) who is employed by a local government or state agency and whose job duties involve providing victim assistance as mandated by South Carolina law; or
  3. (b) whose job duties involve providing direct services to victims and who is employed by an organization that is incorporated in South Carolina, holds a certificate of authority in South Carolina, or is registered as a charitable organization in South Carolina, and the organization's mission is victim assistance or advocacy and the organization is privately funded or receives funds from federal, state, or local governments to provide services to victims.
  4. "Victim service provider" does not include a municipal court judge, magistrates court judge, circuit court judge, special circuit court judge, or family court judge.
  5. (2) "Witness" means a person who has been or is expected to be summoned to testify for the prosecution or who by reason of having relevant information is subject to call or likely to be called as a witness for the prosecution, whether or not an action or proceeding is commenced.



Tools/Resources for Service Providers to Help Recognize, Identify, and Understand Human Trafficking and its Dynamics

Blue Campaign Document Library (Includes Information Sheets, Pamphlets, Cards, Posters, Infographics, and Toolkits- FREE)

Identifying Human Trafficking Checklist (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape- FREE)

The Power of Coercion: 40 Coercive Tactics Traffickers Employ (Rebecca Bender Initiative-FREE)

Sex Trafficking Power and Control Wheel (Polaris Project- FREE)

The Typology of Modern Day Slavery (Polaris Project- FREE)


Tools for Identifying and Serving Immigrant Victims

Fact Sheet- Identifying Labor Trafficking (US Department of Health and Human Services- FREE)

Human Trafficking- Supporting Foreign-Born Victims (Tapestri- FREE)

Services and Support for Foreign National Victims (Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center- FREE)

Victims of Human Trafficking: Employment Eligibility, Government Benefits, and Federal Financial Aid (National Human Trafficking Technical Assistance Center)


Training Tools for All Service Providers

(Law Enforcement, Healthcare Providers, Non-profit organizations, Government Agencies, Child Advocacy Centers, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Centers, etc.)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Online University (Archived and Upcoming Webinars for Service Providers of Sex and Labor Trafficking Victims- FREE)

Rebecca Bender Initiative Training Programs (Human Trafficking 101, Law Enforcement Edition, Medical Professional Edition, Service Providers Edition, and Faith Edition). Each training module is approximately 30 minutes and can be viewed separately or paired for a more comprehensive training ($75 per edition, or $300 for total training series)

Intervene Practitioner Guide, Intake Tool, and Video Series (for experienced professionals only, Shared Hope International, $50)

DMST Training Guide and Video Series (for agencies and organizations that may come in contact with child sex trafficking victims in the United States, Shared Hope International, $40)


Tools for All Service Providers

(Law Enforcement, Healthcare Providers, Non-profit organizations, Government Agencies, Child Advocacy Centers, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Centers, etc.)

Elevate: A Mentoring Toolkit for Service Providers (Rebecca Bender Initiative, Faith-Based, $31.99)

Promising Practices: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking (Polaris Project- FREE)

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims (Polaris Project- FREE)

First Aid Arts Toolkit (Trauma-Informed Care Practices- First Aid Arts- FREE)

Guidelines for the Design and Operation of a Shelter Program for Trafficking Survivors


Tools for the Justice System

10 Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, FREE)


Tools for Law Enforcement

Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (Russell W. Strand, United States Army Military Police School- FREE)

14 Practical Tips for Frontline Law Enforcement (Hayley King and Ramsey County Attorney’s Office- FREE)

Street Officer’s Guide Brochure (Gerald D. Vick, Human Trafficking Task Force of Minnesota- FREE)

Combating Child Sex Trafficking: A Guide for Law Enforcement Leaders (Community Oriented Policing Services, US Department of Justice and International Association of Chiefs of Police- FREE)

Human Trafficking Information and Investigations Strategy Toolkit (The Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies- FREE)

Law Enforcement Pocket Card (Look Beneath the Surface- FREE)


Tools for Child Welfare Agencies, Case Workers, and Professionals Working With Children

South Carolina Child Advocacy Centers (South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers- FREE)

Guide for Child Welfare Agencies (Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway- FREE)

A Guide for Child Welfare Case Workers (Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway- FREE)

Sex Trafficking of Minors: What Schools Need to Know to Recognize and Respond to the Trafficking of Children (National Center for Homeless Education- FREE)

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Youth (Polaris Project- FREE)


Tools for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Agencies

South Carolina Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Centers (South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault- FREE)

Certified Domestic Violence Center Handbook on Human Trafficking (Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence- FREE)

Garden of Truth- The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota (Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Prostitution Research and Education- FREE)

Maine Guidelines for Sheltering Victims of Human Trafficking in Domestic Violence Shelters (Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence- FREE)

Call to Action: Why Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Organizations are Crucial to the Anti-Trafficking Movement (Voices Against Violence Project- FREE)


Tools for Healthcare Providers

HEAL Human Trafficking Protocol Toolkit for Developing a Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Healthcare Settings (HEAL Trafficking- FREE)

iCare: Healthcare Providers Guide to Recognizing and Caring for DMST (Shared Hope International- $50)


Tools For Survivors

Elevate Academy (Online Mentoring Community for Survivors- Rebecca Bender Initiative- $19.99/month)

Roadmap to Redemption 10-Week Workbook (Rebecca Bender Initiative- $19.99)


Developed by the Direct Services Subcommittee