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Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing human rights crises of modern time. Scholars and practitioners continue to analyze and dissect this issue as research develops. Since human trafficking is linked to underground networks of organized crime and corruption, it remains a complex subject to study.

As awareness of this crisis continues to rise and new projects and initiatives develop, evolved systems of data collection and information exchange have emerged through coordination and cooperation between researchers and local non-governmental organizations on the frontlines.

Collaboration on these systems is still a work in progress, but tremendous gains in the field have been made. Scholars and practitioners can now rely on more advanced data to drive focused research and design interventions.

This online conference, sponsored by the Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking and the Government Innovators Network, focused on best practices to collect data from official sources and provided resources on past and current systems.


Academic Centers

HKS Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking - main page

Online resource center - Human Trafficking Data Collection and Report Project (Northeastern University)

Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

The Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University

 Articles and Reports

Bureau of Justice Statistics. Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2007-08. Special Report. January 2009.

Jerry Markon. "Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence: U.S. Estimates Thousands of Victims, But Efforts to Find Them Fall Short." Washington Post, September 23, 2007.

"Over 100 women trafficked for sex industry in Ireland." Irish Times, 17 April 2009.

Elzbieta Gozdziak Ph.D. & Micah N. Bump, M.A. Data and Research on Human Trafficking: Bibliography of Research-Based Literature. Institute for the Study of International Migration, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. October 2008. (PDF)

Elzbieta Gozdziak Ph.D. & Micah N. Bump, M.A. Victims No Longer: Research on Child Survivors of Trafficking for Sexual and Labor Exploitation in the United States. October 2008. NCJRS 221891

Elzbieta Gozdziak Ph.D. & Margaret MacDonnell. "Closing the Gaps: The Need to Improve Identification and Services to Child Victims of Trafficking.” Human Organization. Summer 2007.

People trafficking: upholding rights and understanding vulnerabilities. Forced Migration Review, 25. May 2006. (PDF)

General Information on Human Trafficking

International Labor Organization (ILO)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)


UNODC Global Programme against Trafficking in Human Beings

The U.S. Department of Justice's Trafficking in Persons hotline: 1.888.428.7581

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - Human trafficking web page

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP)


Shared Hope International website

National Center of Missing and Exploited Children

End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)

Equality Now

Maiti Nepal - Nepal

Maiti Nepal - United States

Free the Slaves

International Justice Mission

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

Vital Voices, Anti-Trafficking Initiative

The Polaris Project

  • The Polaris Project's National Human Trafficking Resource Center - an HHS-funded program operated by Polaris. This program provides a 24-hour, toll- free hotline for reporting incidents of trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is 1-888-373-7888.
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