Preventing Human Trafficking: Research on How to Stop Human Trafficking Before It Starts

Thursday November 2, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237
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Approximately 40 million people worldwide, including many in the United States, are estimated to be victims of human trafficking—a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control people, including adults and children. Human trafficking can take many forms, such as commercial sexual exploitation, forced and bonded labor, or domestic servitude.

Congress’ extensive legislative framework, including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, provides a needed infrastructure for combating human trafficking at the national level, especially with regard to identifying and assisting victims, and prosecuting traffickers. Despite tremendous progress, little is being done to prevent this heinous crime before victims are claimed. The challenge now is to reinforce preventative strategies that stimulate local action and protect people who are vulnerable to traffickers.

In this briefing, a panel of researchers will describe (1) conditions that increase a person’s vulnerability to trafficking victimization, (2) community-based strategies that can be tailored to local needs by task forces and key stakeholders (such as law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits), and (3) strategies that have the potential to reduce individual risk of victimization. Additionally, we will hear a survivor’s perspective on how her victimization could have been prevented.

Facilitating Evidence-Based Policy: Connecting Researchers and Legislative Staff

In October 2016, our Executive Officer, Robin Kimbrough-Melton, was a presenter at this briefing, which focused on resources and strategies to support evidence-based policy. The briefing included a description of the model used in the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) Project as a process for connecting legislative staff and research experts based on legislative priorities and needs. Videos of the briefing and additional information are available on NPSC's website

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic on Multiple Fronts by Leveraging Empirical Evidence

On June 24, 2016, we participated in a briefing in collaboration with the National Prevention Science Coalition and RTI International. Nationally recognized experts discussed research-based evidence for strategies preventing, intervening, and maintaining abstinence from opiate addictions. Learn more by accessing written remarks and videos from the briefing.