Approaches to Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in the U.S.
Project Description An ad hoc planning committee will hold a two-day public workshop on Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in the United States. The workshop will bring together statisticians, survey methodologists, demographers and researchers who have studied this population, as well as public health and other experts who have experience with innovative data collection methods. The workshop will explore:
♦ Statistical methods successfully applied to estimating the prevalence of human trafficking in other countries, such as the UK and the Netherlands. ♦ Innovative methodologies applied to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in specific areas of the U.S., including Texas, San Diego, and several major cities in the U.S. ♦ Sampling methods, including time location sampling and respondent driven sampling, which have been used to study other rare or hard-to-reach populations, such as homeless persons and people who use intravenous drugs. ♦ Definitional and measurement issues in estimating human trafficking through survey questions and administrative records systems. ♦ Methodological and ethical issues in attempting to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in the U.S.
Workshop Date | April 8-9, 2019
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC Room 120
April 8: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM April 9: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
The Prevalence Problem: Identifying Known Gaps and Discrepancies in Human Trafficking Estimation Summarizing estimation challenges in current human trafficking work, and considering the impacts of data gaps on victims and communities.
Spotlight on Human Trafficking in the U.S. – A Discussion Federal government efforts and opportunities to understand the prevalence and scope of human trafficking.
Facilitator: Carolyn Hightower, Deputy Director, DHHS office of Trafficking in Persons
Discussants: Meredith Dank, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Patrick Hannon, Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center Amy Leffler, National Institute of Justice
International Human Trafficking—Global Efforts and Comparative Prevalence Methodologies Exploring how other countries collect, analyze, and apply human trafficking data—particularly places that are limited in ways similar to the U.S. in terms of data openness and accessibility.
Leveraging Knowledge: Coordinating Data across Disciplines Identifying potential human trafficking victims by recognizing common risk factors using existing datasets or through screening for other services.
Intro and Recap of Day One David Banks, Committee Chair; Duke University
Human Trafficking Estimation through a New Lens: Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Technologies Showcasing creative methodologies that can be applied to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in the U.S.
Linking Prevalence to Policy – A Discussion Creating opportunities to reduce the legal and policy barriers to the collection, sharing, and analysis of human trafficking data. Highlighting examples of successful policy and collaboration for sharing sensitive data in other fields.
Sheldon Zhang, Committee Member; University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Discussants: Roy Ahn, Committee Member;NORC Abby Long, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State - speech Manisha Shah, UCLA Annick Febrey, Human Trafficking Institute
Research Objectives and Next Steps Synthesizing the key points from the days’ discussions. Considering ways to enhance interoperability, as well as communication between policymakers and practitioners. Discussing key actors and practical next steps.
Discussant: David Banks, Committee Chair; Duke University
Staff Information Jordyn White, Study Director Ellie Grimes, Senior Program Assistant
Sponsor U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health