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Event Details

Online Conference:

  “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking:
Collecting Data from Official Sources”

moderated by Amy Farrell, Ph.D.
April 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST

The Panel:

  • Duren Banks, Chief, Prosecution and Adjudication Statistics Unit, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice

  • Elzbieta Gozdziak, Ph.D., Director of Research, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University

  • Fabrizio Sarrica, Research Expert, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Neil Weiner, Ph.D., Director, Research Department, Vera Institute of Justice

   Related Links:

  • Online archive of this event. Includes: conference recording, slides, resource links, polls, and more. (Brief, free online registration required for access.)

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Co-Sponsored with the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s Government Innovators Network.

Event description:

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 of 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 will focus on best practices to collect data from official sources and will provide resources on past and current systems. The discussion will be moderated by Amy Farrell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Criminal Justice and Associate Director, Institute on Race and Justice, Northeastern University and will look at the methodologies used in past and current data collection.


The audience represented 22 U.S. states, with the remaining 20 percent being international – half of that group was from Canada, while the other half were from Sweden, Italy, Australia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Indonesia.

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