WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Frankfurt presented a two-day best practices seminar on human trafficking investigative techniques in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Lithuanian Police, Europol, prosecutors and representatives from the Missing Persons' Families Support Center – a European non-governmental organization – learned valuable information about human trafficking investigations.
HSI shared case studies from some of the most involved trafficking investigations conducted in the United States, highlighting the complexities and unique nature of trafficking cases. The group stressed the importance of adopting a victim-centered approach for a successful investigation and ultimate conviction in court.
HSI special agents also emphasized the need for greater international cooperation and partnerships in investigating trafficking cases effectively and quickly. An HSI victim assistance coordinator shared how stabilizing victims – addressing all their immediate needs – is essential to encourage their cooperation in investigating and prosecuting traffickers.
HSI Frankfurt covers 14 countries, including Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Poland. It also supports HSI Domestic Operations in all HSI investigative areas with emphasis on visa security, human smuggling and trafficking, and illicit travel.