Lilly Yu
Research Analyst
Justice Policy Center

Lilly Yu is a research analyst in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. Her research focuses on the victimization experiences and justice involvement of young people in various environments, including child welfare settings, runaway and homeless youth providers, community-based service providers, housing communities, and schools. Yu has extensive experience working on human trafficking issues, including survivor perceptions of the criminal justice response to human trafficking; LGBTQ youth who trade sex for survival; youth victims of trafficking involved in the child welfare, runaway and homeless youth, and juvenile justice systems; human trafficking victim identification; law enforcement, service provider, and nonprofit anti-trafficking coordination and collaboration; the impacts of criminalization on people with prostitution-related charges; and the underground commercial sex industry. She has also conducted research on various other justice issues, including corrections reform, initiatives to improve community-police relations, and forensic evidence. Yu works primarily on in-depth qualitative data collection methods and analysis with sensitive human subjects and is experienced in project design, multiple forms of primary data collection, and project management.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety