Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168
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• Meredith Dank, research associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
• Colleen Owens, research associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
• Jane Nady Sigmon, senior coordinator for international programs, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
• Charlotte Salasky, director of anti-trafficking programs, Somaly Mam Foundation
• Janine Zweig, senior research associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)
The needs of human trafficking victims are complicated and so are the challenges faced by service providers and concerned policymakers. Millions of dollars have funded anti- trafficking programs worldwide, yet there is little empirical data about their effectiveness at preventing trafficking, protecting victims, and prosecuting offenders. The good news is that evaluation research can help answer the hard questions.
Under a State Department grant, the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center studied four anti-trafficking programs in Africa and East Asia to determine their readiness for an impact evaluation and provided technical assistance to help them prepare for such an evaluation. Important takeaways from this research and evaluation studies under way in Brazil and Cambodia will be discussed at this special Urban Institute forum, as will the challenges facing executive branch officials, lawmakers, and stakeholders fighting to make a difference.
Join us to find out more about the role evaluation research can play in the fight against human trafficking.