Because human trafficking is a public health issue
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.
Makini Chisolm-Straker, MD MPH will temporarily lead the quarterly meetings, now in a journal club style format, for the next four meetings, as HEAL seeks a more permanent leader.
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.
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.