Changing the View of Human Trafficking Victims in the Judicial System

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Robert Bauman
Robert Bauman, JD
Circuit Court Judge, Juvenile Crossover Division

This presentation will focus on the development, process, and success of a specialty court (OPTION Court in Tampa, Florida) assisting human trafficking victims, including the most vulnerable – teenagers. The presenter will specifically present the means and measures service providers, law enforcement, attorneys and Courts can provide to help human trafficking victims become survivors.

In our judicial system, human trafficking victims who have been arrested or charged are viewed as “defendants” committing crimes and are too often overlooked as “victims of human trafficking”. OPTION Court changes this label. This session will provide attendees with information on the identification, protection, and support of human trafficking victims from the time of arrest/detention throughout the judicial process. The manner of achieving success through collaboration, not just between juvenile justice and foster care systems, but also law enforcement and service providers, will be discussed. This session seeks to change the mindset of members of the judicial system and inspire attendees to rethink the way victims of human trafficking are viewed.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify human trafficking victims in the criminal justice system.
  • Formulate appropriate services for victims’ immediate needs (safety, survivor/mentor, shelter, etc.) and long-term needs.
  • Coordinate collaboration of services.
  • Initiate/promote identification and support of human trafficking victims through development of specialty court.

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