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Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery - Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. Department of Justice - Human Trafficking site

Prostitution Research and Education

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Press release. "Tea Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Plus 10 Years for Sex Trafficking of a Child by Force and Solicitation to Murder a Federal Witness." April 15, 2011. United States Attorney’s Office District of South Dakota.

Article. "Man behind teenage prostitution ring in Tea admits to charges." By Rachel Gabrielsen. Nov 17, 2010.

Bentley University Students Assist Massachusetts Governor’s Council with Human Anti-Trafficking Policymaking

Media Coverage of Human Trafficking in the U.S., U.K. , and Canada,” in Alison Brysk and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, eds., Human Trafficking and Human Rights: Rethinking Contemporary Slavery,” University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2011.

News Frames and Story Triggers in the Media’s Coverage of Human Trafficking,”  Human Rights Review 12 (September 2011).


Every year, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States according to the U.S. government. Victims are trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, labor, and debt bondage. U.S. citizen victims are also trafficked within and outside the country. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 100,000 U.S. children each year are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

The United States uses a four paradigm approach in combating human trafficking: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships. In addition to the U.S. federal law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), states have also passed their own individual state laws to address human trafficking.

What is currently being done to respond to and combat trafficking in the United States? What is succeeding? What isn’t? The panel tackled challenges and lessons learned in combating human trafficking from victim-centered, enforcement, and prevention perspectives.


  • Kevin Koliner, Assistant U.S. Attorney, South Dakota
  • Sergeant Chris Bray, Phoenix Police Department, Arizona
  • Norma Ramos, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Moderator: Jeff Gulati, Associate Professor of Political Science at Bentley University in Massachusetts

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