In this video, Ben Greer explores existing frameworks and common challenges with information sharing among California’s anti-human trafficking specialty units. This research, the basis for his CHDS thesis, “Connecting the Dots of an Opaque Crime: Analyzing the Information-Sharing Framework and Practices of California’s Human-Trafficking Task Force,” aimed to contextualize current gaps and barriers in the collection and dissemination process of sensitive and confidential human-trafficking information. The findings indicate that when anti-trafficking specialty units do not work together seamlessly, they foster programmatic and societal shadows that traffickers rely on to exploit their victims.
About the Presenter
Ben Greer’s role at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is as a Subject Matter Expert in the field of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, specifically instructing and developing human trafficking courses for law enforcement and emergency management personnel.
Before joining CalOES, he served as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General. There he led a team of attorneys and non-attorneys in a comprehensive report for the California Attorney General entitled, “The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012.” He has published numerous American style law review and international journal articles, has presented/lectured in 10 counties, and briefed Ministers of national Security in the threat trafficking poses their jurisdiction. He is a federally recognized human trafficking training expert by the Office for Victims of Crime Training & Technical Assistance Center (OVC-TTAC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA-NTAC); helped California draft and negotiate Memorandum of Understandings with the Mexican Government, drafted and lobbied anti-trafficking legislation (both domestically and internationally); and plays a prominent role as Contributing/Advisory Board member on two International peer reviewed Anti-Trafficking Journals.
Aside from his work with CalOES, he serves as a Practitioner Associate for the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT).