Legal Foundations for Social Service Providers

CAST's Training and Technical Assistance Team introduces a self-paced, on-demand course designed to help social service providers build up knowledge and skills around legal needs and remedies available to survivors of human trafficking. This course will use practical skill-building techniques to reinforce what participants learn so that participants can walk away feeling more confident and grounded in their practice.

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This course is geared towards social service professionals who are providing direct services to survivors of human trafficking. While there are no pre-requisites to take this course, we highly recommend for participants to come with comprehensive knowledge of human trafficking, both sex and labor trafficking, as well as an understanding of general case management intake processes.

Continuing Education Units/CEUs

Currently this course does not provide CEUs, however we are in the process of getting our course approved. Join our list-serv to be notified if/when this changes!

Please note that this course provides a total of six (6) hours of training on topics related to human trafficking. This training does qualify to be counted as part of the 40-hour training for "human trafficking caseworkers" under CA Ev Code § 1038.2 (2022) regarding Human Trafficking Caseworker – Victim Privilege. Certificates of completion will only be provided upon request via email for those participants who have passed all of the requirements for this course.

Course Syllabus

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of legal remedies available for survivors of human trafficking and to guide social service professionals in issue-spotting legal needs during intakes. A more in-depth syllabus is found in Canvas.

  1. Unit 1: Legal Remedies for Survivors of Human Trafficking
    • Gain foundational understanding of legal remedies available for survivors of human trafficking within criminal, civil, and immigration law. 
    • Spotlight on Victims' Rights and how Social Service Providers can play a critical role.
  2. Unit 2: Issue-Spotting Legal Needs for Social Service Providers
    • Gain practical experience spotting potential legal issues learned in Unit 1 during intake processes.
    • Craft unique resources to help each Social Service professional walk away with lessons learned throughout the course.


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