Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking Is Happening In Communities Across Iowa

It is a crime that can occur behind closed doors, in plain sight, at a workplace and in any community.

The Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking created the "See It and Report It" initiative that supports new legislation to provide free HT prevention training and certification to the lodging industry. In the last two years, this effort has trained and certified nearly 600 lodging properties and more than 17,500 staff to identify and report human trafficking.

But all Iowans can play a part in stopping this crime. Our website - StopHTIowa.org - gives everyone the information, free training and anonymous reporting tool available on any device. With your help, we can immediately engage law enforcement to begin investigating and pursuing criminals.

Visit StopHTIowa.org and learn more today!

 

 

Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking:

Iowa Code section 80.45 establishes the Office to Combat Human Trafficking in the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  The Office is housed within the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center. By statute, the Office provides several services:

  • Point of contact for activities to combat human trafficking in Iowa

  • Consult with others about human trafficking

  • Develop strategy to collect criminal history data about human trafficking

  • Develop strategy for information-sharing among government agencies

  • Apply for or assist other government agencies in seeking grants

  • Research and recommend training to assist other government agencies

  • Take other steps necessary to advance the purposes of the office

  • Submit a written report annually

 

DPS Annual Report to the Iowa General Assembly:

2021 Annual Report - Office to Combat Human Trafficking

2020 Annual Report - Office to Combat Human Trafficking

2019 Annual Report - Office to Combat Human Trafficking

2018 Annual Report - Office to Combat Human Trafficking  

2017 Annual Report - Office to Combat Human Trafficking

 

Other Resources:

Human Trafficking in Iowa: The Basics

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division

Programs for Victim Services in Iowa

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Iowa Department of Transportation

 

Contacts
Stephan K. Bayens Commissioner, Iowa Department of Public Safety
Patrick Waymire Assistant Director, Division of Intelligence & Fusion Center
Ray Fiedler Coordinator, Office to Combat Human Trafficking

 

humantrafficking@dps.state.ia.us

515.725.6330