The HTC seeks to contribute reliable and transparent data to a field that is often starved for quality research. We hope to accomplish this through the application of sound research methodology to meaningful and applicable projects. Our research is presently focused in two areas, developing a Human Trafficking Index (HTI) and establishing a Latin American Initiative.
The HTI will work to close informational gaps presently apparent. Our project has a number of advantages over the current state of human trafficking research and impact evaluation. First, collecting longitudinal data on human trafficking back to the year 2001 will yield baseline data for retrospective analyses. Second, because we are collecting a broad variety of indicators associated with drivers of trafficking, our data and indices will be useful for conducting controlled evaluations of counter-trafficking policies. Third, we will use imputation techniques to estimate instances of missing data. Fourth, we will forecast the index forward in time to provide an outlook of future vulnerabilities to trafficking. Fifth, our index, data, analysis, and methodology will all be transparent, open source, and released to the public on user-friendly websites to promote replication and additional research by other scholars. Furthermore, our models and methods will be flexible, adaptable and updatable to the inclusion of new data or new insights about trends in human trafficking.
We are pursuing partnerships in Latin America with academic institutions, government agencies, IO’s and NGO’s to conduct research and inform policy initiatives at both the region and country levels. Our research is presently focused in two areas: improved measurement of human trafficking severity and policy responses and trends in human trafficking in Latin America