Benjamin Thomas Greer

J.D., M.A. and Emergency Management Instructor
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
Benjamin Thomas Greer, J.D., M.A. is an Emergency Management Instructor, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Mr. 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 Cal OES, he served as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General. 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" and published extensively on various aspects of trafficking. Aside from his work with CalOES, he recently graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master's Degree Program and is a Research Associate for the University of Cambridge's Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT)

Sessions by Benjamin Thomas Greer

02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Seeing What Others Don’t:  How the Fire and Emergency Medical Services can be Trained to Identify Human Trafficking

Instructors:  Division Chief Heather Marques and Benjamin Thomas Greer, J.D., M.A., Emergency Management Instructor, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)  
The American Fire and Emergency Medical Services sit at a critical juncture of public health, public security, and public trust. As community based first responders, they have unique access to environments which would be otherwise inaccessible to law enforcement or social services.  All available data indicates many of our communities have a significant human trafficking problem; one that is targeting and exploiting the most vulnerable among us. Studies show firefighters and paramedics are likely to unknowingly interact with victims/survivors of trafficking and or be exposed to trafficking related suspicious activity. By properly training and integrating Fire/EMS personnel in the national antitrafficking response structure we will significantly increase our ability to identify human trafficking related suspicious behavior, victims of exploitation thus hold the perpetrators accountable for their criminal actions.   This class will prepare agencies for responding to Assembly Bill 2130, requiring new EMTs and paramedics to undergo mandatory human trafficking awareness training, and create a pathway for training first responders statewide in intervention.