Library for Policy Makers

Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

Human Trafficking: What is the Role of the Health Care Provider, Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

P. Crane, M. Moreno — March 15, 2011

Discussing reasons for victims unwillingness or inability to speak out/seek help and failure to self-identify as victims; health care as an opportunity for early intervention with victims; evidence-based best practice treatment guidelines/therapies, including trust building, victim identification, health interventions based on stages of trafficking, mental health and trauma treatment; discusses legal intervention strategies; provides a Health Care Provider Triage Tool (Adapted from Polaris Project Trafficking Assessment).

N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change, Volume 36, Issue 4

In Our Own Backyards: The Need for a Coordinated Judicial Response to Human Trafficking

Hon. T. Serita — January 15, 2013

Addresses: (1) Shifting perceptions of trafficking victims in the U.S.; (2) Contradictions in treatment of minors accused of prostitution offenses among the New York State’s human trafficking laws, and inconsistencies in the definition of “trafficking victim” between New York Penal Law and the Federal TVPA, result in New York’s inadequate protection of trafficked juveniles; (3) Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court’s (HTIC) alternative to criminal punishment for minors accused of prostitution offenses through meaningful intervention and comprehensive services; (4) Recommendations for a coordinated judicial response to human trafficking through creation of specialized prostitution diversion parts, such as the HTIC, properly equipped to identify and provide supportive services for trafficking victims.

Polaris Project/National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

Increasing Awareness and Engagement: Strengthening the National Response to Human Trafficking in the U.S., Annual Report 2011

June 12, 2012

An analysis of call data from the National Human Trafficking Center Hotline (1-888-373-7888). NHTRC Hotline call volume increased 64% over 2010; call specialists answered 19,427 calls, and 2,945 victims of human trafficking were connected to services and support. The report highlighted that shelter and transportation services are particularly lacking for victims trying to escape their situations. Additional Relevant Links: http://www.polarisproject.org/media-center/press-releases/606-2011-human-trafficking-hotline-statistics-show-progress-in-reaching-victims-

Michigan Journal of International Law

Introduction: Symposium: Successes and Failures in International Human Trafficking Law

Bridgette A. Carr — Fall 2011

Previews the Essays in this issue of the Michigan Journal of International Law examining the successes and failures in international human trafficking law, concluding that simply relying on legal prohibitions have proven ineffective and insufficient in the first decade after adoption of the international Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons and the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Additional Relevant Links: http://law.wustl.edu/journal/37/Carr.pdf ; http://law.wustl.edu/journal/37/Carr.pdf

Polaris Project, National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Legislative Issue Brief: Civil Remedy

Discusses: (1) Civil remedies under state law; (2) Suggested language for civil cause of action for trafficking victims and for victims of the sex trade.

San Diego State University

Looking for a Hidden Population: Trafficking of Migrant Laborers in San Diego County, funded by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice J

S. Zhang — November 2012

Objectives were to provide statistically sound estimates on the nature/prevalence of trafficking in San Diego County, California, and to provide statistics on labor victimization among unauthorized laborers in San Diego County. Findings included: (1) 38,458 victims of human trafficking in San Diego County based on federal law definition of human trafficking; (2) this number represents 31% of unauthorized Spanish-speaking workers in San Diego County.