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Human Trafficking Awareness
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Category: Training

 Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom from people for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into selling sex or labor. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of age, sex, race, gender, or class. In this 2 hour training, attendees will become familiar with the terminology, gain insight into vulnerable populations, learn how to avoid common mistakes when working with survivors, and discover solutions. Learn how you can make a difference and be a part of someone’s story back to freedom just by being more aware!


- In 2017, the average age of victims recovered was 15
- Children, teens, and adults are victimized
- Covid-19 has increased the dangers as more youth are on social media and internet sites

Trainer: Ray Fiedler - Ray Fiedler is the Coordinator for the Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking in the Division of Intelligence - Dept. of Public Safety. Ray is responsible to training public and private entities regarding human trafficking, certifying hotels related to their training in human trafficking as required by Iowa Code, creating partnerships with public and private entities, and assisting agencies in investigation and sharing information in human trafficking cases. Ray is a retired Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. He spent 4 years at the Casino in Clinton and was then transferred to Fort Dodge where he spent 23 and a half years in the Major Crimes Unit investigating homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, burglaries, and other felony level cases. Ray has conducted training in elder abuse, sexual assault, and officer involved shootings investigations as well as active armed encounters. Ray graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science while minoring in Business Administration. 


Registration will begin at 8:30am. Training will start promptly at 9am. This training is scheduled until 11am.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on the hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact us at [email protected].


Contact: For more information contact us at [email protected]