Brief Comparing Narratives of Justice
How Survivors, Criminal Justice Stakeholders, and Service Providers Perceive Justice in Human Trafficking Cases
Hanna Love, Jeanette Hussemann, Lilly Yu, Evelyn F. McCoy, Colleen Owens
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This brief draws from 100 interviews with criminal justice actors and victim service providers and 80 interviews with survivors of human trafficking to understand how respondents define justice in human trafficking cases. To date, little has been known about how police officers, prosecutors, and other system actors perceive their work on human trafficking cases and how their perceptions either fit with or diverge from those of survivors. Findings reveal that while criminal justice actors and survivors agree on how the criminal justice system can be improved, they differ in their understandings of justice, with system actors placing a much higher emphasis on prosecution and punitive approaches than survivors.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Victims of crime Human trafficking Trauma-informed approaches Restorative justice
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center
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