Anti-Human Trafficking Tools & Resources

This is a source of public information available to local communities, professionals, and other stakeholders interested in addressing human trafficking in Wisconsin.

General Awareness Information

Guides and Documents


It Happens Here Documentary

The Department of Children and Families has created a documentary that tells the true stories of sex trafficking in Wisconsin and conveys how easy it is to be drawn into the life. This project is part of a statewide effort to inform youth and adults about the risk factors and warning signs of trafficking and what they can do to assist individuals who may be at risk of, or affected by, trafficking.

The content of this video may evoke strong emotions and is intended to be used in a professional or educational setting with proper curriculum and support. To assist in this, the department has developed a Facilitator Guide which will help you feel confident in your role as a host and to be ready for some of the questions and reactions people may have. Additionally, a human trafficking fact sheet is available for facilitators to utilize as a handout.

To request or DVD copy of the documentary or to learn about additional resources in your area, please contact the Department of Children and Family Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator at

Main Documentary 

The film is divided into segments. For most public screenings with audiences of adults or mixed ages, we recommend that you watch the entire film straight through, with the segments in the order they appear. You can do this by visiting the Main Documentary playlist on YouTube

Part I - It Happens Everywhere

Part II - Four Stories of Sex Trafficking 

Part III - How it Happens

Part IV - Stuck

Part V - Finding Help 

Professional Content

The below videos are intended for professionals who work with children and youth who are at-risk of being trafficked. You can watch the supplemental film straight through by visiting the Professional Content playlist on Youtube.

Part I - The Life

Part II - Vulnerable 

Part III - Adults Can Help 

Human Trafficking & The Lodging Industry

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) partnered with the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association (WHLA) to develop training resources for hotel staff. These trainings give an overview of human trafficking and signs to look for at hotel and lodging properties.

Training materials are available in two formats: interactive and basic video.

Interactive provides embedded resources and external links. Closed Captioning (CC) is available.

Video (MP4) opens in a YouTube player. Closed Captioning (CC) is available.

Engagement Tools and Response Resources for High Risk and Trafficked Youth

Service providers, including: child welfare agencies, youth justice systems, schools, law enforcement, and other community based organizations come into contact with high risk and trafficked youth frequently in the course of their work.  

Current literature and nationally recognized reports on commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth identify key areas of engagement necessary for providing effective care to impacted youth.  

The following tools were created in partnership between the WI AHT Region 3 Hub and Rethink Resources and should be consulted by professionals looking to enhance their practice with high risk and trafficked youth.  

Building a Strong Team Response to High Risk and Trafficked Youth 

Building a Strong Team Response to High Risk and Trafficked Youth - should be consulted by youth service providers and teams of professionals working with youth exhibiting risk factors and indicators of sex trafficking. 

Engagement Tool Front Page
Engagement Tool Back Page

Finding Your Strengths!

Finding Your Strengths! - is intended to support youth in identifying strength and resiliency factors. 

Finding your strengths first page
Finding your strengths back page

Resources and References 

Complete list of publications referenced to inform response and strengths tool development. 

Contact Information 

For technical support around tool use, implementation, and training requests please contact: 

Rebekah Dettmann
Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center
Phone: 414-277-8980 (MCAC main)

Claudine O’Leary 
Rethink Resources
Phone: 414-212-5121