About ITEMP

The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP) was founded by Patrick Atkinson in 1991 to prevent, detect, rescue, and care for international victims of human trafficking.

Today this international coalition also works to create model laws and systems, and provide prosecutorial assistance against the victimizers of the innocent.

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Human Trafficking 101

Slavery (a.k.a. human trafficking), has always been a part of humanity’s history. Though frequently battled back, the human trafficking industry has never been defeated.

Now, with the advent of the internet, modern human trafficking is even more insidious and widespread. Its three illicit markets – for sex, labor, and body parts – have grown to become the world’s 2nd largest criminal industry.

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ITEMP-Lecture-video Human Trafficking

What do you know about Human Trafficking and Forced Labor?

The truth is, most people know very little.
Invite an ITEMP speaker to present to your organization or school:


The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons has an active, international speakers bureau that presents age-appropriate educational programs to school children of all ages, universities, and concerned social, community, service, and professional groups. These presentations and workshops range in length from 12 minute overviews for service club luncheons to 4 day professional certification programs.

ITEMP Presentations

Shattered Lives: Interview

Patrick Atkinson shares stories of missing persons cases both in the United…

Patrick Atkinson shares stories of missing persons cases both in the United States and Central America.

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Shattered Lives: Interview

Combating Human Trafficking in Guatemala

In most of the world, prostitution is legal, but that doesn’t mean…

In most of the world, prostitution is legal, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t trapped in a life they’d do anything to escape.

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Combating Human Trafficking in Guatemala

Trafficking in North Dakota

Law enforcement and public safety officials in North Dakota have been talking…

Law enforcement and public safety officials in North Dakota have been talking about human trafficking for the past few years, but the reality of the situation has been elusive.

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Trafficking in North Dakota

Human Trafficking Resources for Family, Students and Community:

Parents and Children

Human trafficking and personal safety are difficult yet necessary topics to discuss openly with children and teens.
To help, ITEMP’s Executive Director Patrick Atkinson has written three age-appropriate downloadable brochures:

“Talking About Human Trafficking with Our Children”
“Human Trafficking and Teens”
“The Response of Adults” .

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Teens and Students

A Quick Quiz… True or False?

1. Slavery in America ended with Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

2. Slavery still exists today but is less common now than it was 200 years ago.

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Both of these statements are
FALSE.

ITEMP’s “Human Trafficking and Teens: Grades 7-12” is a resource designed specifically for teenagers.

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Health Professionals

Victims of trafficking suffer from a variety of physical and mental health problems such as physical abuse, shame, shock, PTSD, denial, depression and sexually-transmitted diseases.

ITEMP has prepared guidance for Healthcare Practitioners including victim identification, tips for interacting with the victim and suggested screen questions.

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Law Enforcement

ITEMP offers tips for law enforcement personnel including a checklist for identifying a possible human trafficking victim: fraud or financial-coercion questions, psychological coercion questions, physical abuse and freedom of movement questions.

ITEMP also suggests a checklist for identifying a possible human trafficking offender.

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NEW: The Typology of Human Trafficking by PolarisProject.org


 
Help Prevent Trafficking

Human trafficking and other forms of slavery are global problems that need to be stopped. Your support of ITEMP allows us to pursue the services of our mission against human trafficking: Prevention, Investigation, Interdiction & Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Government Advocacy.
Please join us in fighting human trafficking, slavery, and other forms of exploitation “Until the Last One Comes Home.”

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