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Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness & Response (CSTAR)

This three and a half day training, hosted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, focuses on the multitude of issues regarding child sex trafficking cases and the unique dynamics associated with this population. Participants are expected to attend all training segments and complete an evaluation form.


  • Scope of problem.
  • State and Federal legal issues.
  • Coordinating case services.
  • Interviewing child sex trafficking victims.
  • Investigating online adverstisements.
  • Role of technology in child sex trafficking cases.
  • Identifying gang controlled victims.
  • Presenting evidence during an interview.
  • Interdiction model.
  • Survivor's perspective.
  • Adolescent development & victim vulnerabilities.
  • Federal resources assistance.
  • Local services provider functions.


Each session of this course is customized to the specific location of the training venue. Because of this, only law enforcement and prosecutors who work child sex trafficking cases in the surrounding areas will be considered. As new training locations are determined, they will be listed in the course schedule below.


The cost of admittance and training materials are covered while attending classes.


The required online course needed before attending CSTAR is Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness & Response (ICSTAR.) This is a 90-minute self-paced course designed to provide a baseline understanding of the unique dynamics involved in working with a minor victim of sex trafficking. This course is available through our distance learning program, NCMEC University Online.

Course schedule & application

CSTAR13 Apr 18-21, 2017 Omaha, NE

Questions? Contact NCMEC at 703-837-6391 or

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