The HEAL Research Committee serves as a collaborative forum for researchers, students, and others with an interest in advancing empirical evidence about human trafficking. The goals of the committee are to facilitate collaborative research projects and partnerships, provide support and assistance to those engaged in human trafficking-related research, and share ideas, resources, and products that may further the field.
In journal club format, participants will hear from published researchers about the methods and limitations of study design, and how research choices impact study conclusions and next steps. The goal is that the largely junior researchers and the research-interested will learn to critically appraise literature in our field, and thus learn how to interpret and use (or not use) peer-reviewed or grey literature in work (direct services, advocacy, research, education, etc). Junior researchers will also develop skills on how to design rigorous and responsible studies, as they constructively critique existing literature.
Suggestions for articles to review are welcomed. Researchers must be available to present their article on the call.
We have compiled a list of some of the articles published in recent years on human trafficking. To review these publications, please visit our literature page here.
We discussed “Outcomes for Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) Instrument” with Dr. Stacey Cutbush and Samantha Charm from RTI International’s Division of Applied Justice Research. This presentation described the development and testing of a tool to measure service outcomes for human
We discussed “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communitities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland” with Dr. Corinne Schwarz from Oklahoma State University. Schwarz and her colleagues conducted a study of service provider approaches to services for survivors of
We discuss “A longitudinal evaluation of a survivor-mentor program for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States” (2020) with Katherine Bright, a PhD candidate at University of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and one of the authors on the study.
We discuss Lara Gerassi’s 2019 article titled “Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study.” Dr. Gerassi, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Social
This webinar is designed to increase your confidence when presenting statistics and research about trafficking, by teaching you how to evaluate research and statistics that are shared in the general public. Not all research is reported accurately – even by reputable organizations
Increased economic strain due to social distancing efforts will put many people at greater risk of sex and labor trafficking/exploitation. Health systems are in a position to prevent and respond to trafficking in this new environment. This handout, developed by
Human trafficking is a relatively young field of research. Commonly-shared ideas about trafficking’s scope and nature are often based on early, often disproven research and even sometimes on comments made off the cuff by politicians and pundits. As a result,
Is labor trafficking typically an isolated incident of victimization? Or are repeat victimization and polyvictimization relevant to experiences of labor trafficking, as they are for sex trafficking? How can we adequately measure forms of victimization among labor trafficking victims? Guest
Guest Panelist: Jordan Greenbaum, MD, discusses her article “Evaluation of a Screening Tool for Child Sex Trafficking Among Patients With High‐Risk Chief Complaints in a Pediatric Emergency Department.” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/acem.13497 Webinar Hosted By HEAL Research Committee Chair: Dr. Laura Murphy https://healtrafficking.org/research-committee/
What does human trafficking (i.e. labor and sex trafficking) look like among homeless youth in 10 cities? How do we research human trafficking? Guest Panelist: Dr. Laura Murphy, Director of the Modern Slavery Research Project, Loyola University New Orleans (https://www.modernslaveryresearch.org/)
Where is the anti-trafficking movement on data? How do we measure human trafficking using available data? Guest Panelists: Jessie Brunner, WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University (https://handacenter.stanford.edu/people/jessie-brunner) Amy Farrell, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice,
Cathy Zimmerman, PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is internationally known in the global anti-trafficking field as a rigorous and principled researcher. The goal of this HEAL Research Committee is to frame how to critically consider all investigations.
The OHTS is an outcome evaluation instrument designed to help comprehensive service programs monitor progress toward outcomes among victims and survivors of human trafficking. It is appropriate for use by programs serving minors and adults, foreign-born and domestic victims, and
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