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Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification: Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool

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dc.contributor.author Simich, Laura
dc.contributor.author Goyen, Lucia
dc.contributor.author Powell, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Mallozzi, Karen
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-04T20:39:55Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-04T20:39:55Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Simich, Laura; Goyen, Lucia; Powell, Andrew; Mallozzi, Karen. (2014). Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification: Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool. Vera Institute of Justice, NCJ 246712, 454 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://storage.googleapis.com/vera-web-assets/downloads/Publications/out-of-the-shadows-identification-of-victims-of-human-trafficking/legacy_downloads/human-trafficking-identification-tool-technical-report.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/572
dc.description.abstract Statement of problem: Human trafficking occurs on an enormous scale in the United States, but only a fraction of victims are identified, hindering provision and prosecution of traffickers. Purpose of the study: To provide a solution, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) designed, field-tested and validated a comprehensive screening tool to improve victim identification, victim services and law enforcement efforts on a nation-wide scale. Working with 11 victim service providers, Vera collected original data on more than 230 cases from interviews with potential trafficking victims and case file reviews to determine if the screening tool could reliably identify victims—including adults and minors, and domestic and foreign-born—of sex and labor trafficking. Vera also facilitated participatory evaluation by conducting focus groups and 36 in-depth interviews with service providers, trafficking survivors and law enforcement personnel to identify best practices in implementation of the screening tool. Summary of results: The study achieved its validation and evaluation objectives and identified good practices in victim identification. Analysis demonstrated that the screening tool accurately measures several dimensions of human trafficking and is highly reliable in predicting victimization for both sex and labor trafficking across diverse sub-groups, including those divided by age, gender and country of origin… (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vera Institute of Justice en_US
dc.subject Screening Tool en_US
dc.subject Process Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Measurement en_US
dc.subject Trafficking in Persons en_US
dc.subject Sex Trafficking en_US
dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Service Providers en_US
dc.subject Victim Advocates en_US
dc.subject Practitioners en_US
dc.title Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification: Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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