Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines

Thank you for being part of this Community. The purpose of the Community is to provide a dynamic, secure, web-based space to encourage and promote collaboration and communication among DOJ Human Trafficking Task Force members from across the nation. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and agree to these guidelines. The community is a great space to connect with other Task Force members, benefit from their experience (while sharing yours), and participate in an ongoing conversation. Please direct any questions that you may have to

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these guidelines.


The Guidelines

  • Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

  • Don't attack. The community is meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Contradictory opinions are welcomed, but always be thoughtful and respectful rather than sensational or angry.

  • Respect the purpose of the community. Users (and operators) are encouraged to use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and resources, but may not share or distribute statements, comments, or contributions without specific consent of the person to be shared.

  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the Resource Library is available for all with login credentials to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.

  • Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.

  • When posting items, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

  • Keep private information private. We are privy to a lot of private information in this field. Community members should not post investigative data with case specific information, especially victim, suspect or crime data information. By accepting this agreement, members of Task Force Connect agree to comply with all confidentiality requirements of 42 U.S.C. section 3789g and 28 C.F.R. Part 22 that are applicable to collection, use, and revelation of data or information.

Discussion Group Etiquette

  • Make the subject line as concise and clear as possible. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.

  • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply contact Cari Jankowski at to change your email address. 

Legal Notice

 This site is provided as a service for the members of DOJ Human Trafficking Task Forces. The International Association of Chiefs of Police is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the International Association of Chiefs of Police be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police does not actively undertake editorial control of postings. In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, we will take all appropriate action.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Privacy Policy

 We respect your privacy. Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

Government and Legal Disclosures 
We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Community Guidelines or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites
We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc.). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by third party content providers such as newsfeeds.

Remember the Risks Whenever You Use the Internet
While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies. 


Changes in this policy will be posted on our Community Guidelines page. You are advised to check this page regularly to view our most recent privacy policy.

For any other information, please contact us using the Contact Us page.