Expert Witness Testimony

In the courtroom, the credibility of sex trafficking survivors is often called into question. Particularly of interest are the survivors’ complex behaviors and reactions, which may be misunderstood as being incongruent with claims that they were sex trafficked. Expert testimony may be essential to help the jury understand the seemingly counterintuitive behavior of trafficking survivors.

Heidi Chance understands the current laws against sex trafficking and challenges to prosecution arising from common misconceptions about survivors. Heidi Chance has the knowledge and experience to summarize clinical research on the mental health consequences of sex trafficking. Heidi Chance is an expert in explaining how trauma and psychopathology can cause survivors to recant testimony, be reluctant to engage, or respond in other ways that weaken their perceived credibility.

Heidi is passionate about the power of awareness and making a chance for change for sex trafficking victims and how professionals understand the growing sex trafficking problem in our communities.

Law Enforcement

Heidi Chance, is a retired law enforcement professional who served 25 years.  She is a leader and consultant who equips other law enforcement and other organizations with the tools and awareness to fight for a chance for change in the realm of sex trafficking.

She has testified as an expert witness in court proceedings and is a subject matter expert in the area of sex trafficking.  Her specialized sex trafficking training has educated professionals within community groups, child safety departments, probation, jail and corrections staff, medical staff, the Phoenix Police Academy as well as other nationally recognized conferences, such as the International Narcotics Interdiction Association, Arizona Narcotics Officers Association, Shared Hope International, International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators and Arizona Women’s Initiative Network. She has also developed an eight hour advanced detective training course that is featured online for AZPOST on the subject of human trafficking.

Heidi Chance has unique trial experience with sex trafficking investigations, she has interviewed over 1000 sex trafficking victims. One of her trials lasted 7 months and resulted in the defendant being sentenced to 493.5 years. Part of her instruction includes case studies to show investigators real results in putting traffickers in prison for hundreds of years.

*Some training presentations are limited to Law Enforcement only*

  • Investigation Advisement
  • Undercover Operation Advisement/Consulting