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Developing a Human Trafficking Reporting System 2012 Supplement

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $152,000)

The 2007 Technical Assistance for State and Local Data Collection on Human Trafficking Statistics (DCHTS) will provide technical assistance to Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded human trafficking task forces to collect state and local data on human trafficking offenders. Data elements in this data collection include the number of investigations, arrests, and convictions for human trafficking offenses as well as the demographic characteristics of offenders. This technical assistance project and follow-on data collection will be the first to specifically target state and local human trafficking offenders. Information generated from this project may assist the Department of Justice's response to a Congressional requirement to gather data on human trafficking offenders.

Under this award, the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University (NEU) and the Justice Policy Center at The Urban Institute (UI) will supplement the activities of the Human Trafficking Data Collection and Reporting System (HTRS) currently supported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Starting in September 2007 NEU and UI designed, piloted and implemented HTRS, a web-based data collection and reporting system initially targeted for federally funded human trafficking task forces to report individual level data on human trafficking investigations as well as suspects and victims identified and investigated by members of the task force. Gathering standardized, reliable and routinely collected data measuring the number, characteristics and change in human trafficking incidents, investigations, arrests and prosecutions was necessary to meet legislative reporting requirements and assess the success of human trafficking prevention and intervention strategies. Additionally, the data collected through the HTRS can be used to more fully understand the phenomenon of human trafficking in local communities which leads to improved identification and prosecution of offenders and victims.

This supplemental award will be used to collect and extract additional data, make improvements to the HTRS, provide technical assistance to federally funded human trafficking task forces, and ensure task force compliance and quality reporting of trafficking incidents into HTRS.

Additional activities include developing cases studies of existing task forces to identify best practices and preparing a final report of Lessons Learned to be distributed to task forces.


Date Created: September 11, 2011