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.

This training is only open to any law enforcement or prosecutor who lives in the state in which the course is taking place. This is due to the customized course content specific to state laws and direct service providers. 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.
Prior to classroom entry, all students must successfully complete the 90-minute online pre-requisite, Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness & Response (ICSTAR), through NCMEC University Online. Upon receipt of your CSTAR application, user accounts will be created for access and login credentials will be sent to the supplied email address.
Course schedule & application
Class Date Location    
CSTAR14 Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2017 Boise, ID Apply  
CSTAR15 Jan 9 - Jan 12, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK *pending DOJ approval Apply  
CSTAR16 Apr 17 - Apr 20, 2018 Plainfield, IN *pending DOJ approval Apply  
CSTAR17 June 19 - June 22, 2018 Rochester, NY *pending DOJ approval Apply  

Questions? Contact NCMEC at 703-837-6485 or