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Measuring human trafficking: Lessons from New York City

Show simple item record Weiner, N. A., Hala, N., & Vera Institute of Justice 2014-12-11T17:35:15Z 2014-12-11T17:35:15Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Weiner, N. A., Hala, N., & Vera Institute of Justice. (2008). Measuring human trafficking: Lessons from New York City. Vera Institute of Justice. en_US
dc.description.abstract The groundbreaking Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 made trafficking in persons a federal crime in the U.S. However, reliable data about the scale and character of trafficking in the U.S. is still hard to find nearly a decade later. This is largely because no standardized measurement tools or procedures for systematic data collection, retention, and sharing have been developed. Partnering with a set of diverse local stakeholders, the New York City Trafficking Assessment Project (NYCTAP) developed a screening tool to identify likely victims of trafficking and an accompanying toolkit for service providers to support the administration of the screening tool. In the process, we developed and field-tested protocols for sustainable data collection and retention, which could serve as platforms for the wider sharing and aggregation of data. Employing “action research,” we capitalized on the expertise of our partner agencies to create the screening tool and toolkit and, further, sought to empower them to own and refine these resources to maximum benefit. Our partners included criminal justice agencies, community and faith-based organizations, and social and legal service agencies that have direct experience with obstacles, opportunities, and good practices for identifying likely trafficking victims. Lessons learned in this pilot project are most relevant for service providers likely to encounter trafficking victims; however, they also have relevance for other organizations that work with populations confronting similar or related injustices (e.g., labor exploitation, domestic violence, and sexual assault) or sharing similar characteristics (e.g., people who are recent immigrants, undocumented, or who have limited English proficiency). The screening tool and toolkit should also be useful for law enforcement agencies, the other key set of institutional actors recently charged with identifying victims of trafficking. Lastly, it is hoped that these lessons and resources will give policymakers and practitioners a keener appreciation of the value of standardized, systematic, and sustained data collection in forming policies and programming to aid persons in the grip of human trafficking. The lessons learned have been compiled into a set of recommendations about how to apply and build upon the work of the NYCTAP. en_US
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dc.publisher Vera Institute of Justice en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject trafficking en_US
dc.subject assessment en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject law enforcement en_US
dc.title Measuring human trafficking: Lessons from New York City en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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