Study of HHS Programs Serving Human Trafficking Victims. Analysis

12/15/2009

The information collected for the study was primarily qualitative in nature. Very few programs reported systematically collecting quantitative data on their programs and services. The main exceptions were programs receiving funding as a subcontractor under the HHS per capita program and those receiving funding from the Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice under the comprehensive services grants. Given the focus of the study on HHS-funded programs serving victims of human trafficking, data from the per capita program were obtained from USCCB, the prime contractor for this program. Obtaining data from USCCB reduced the burden on local programs to produce such quantitative data and provided access to data on all subcontracts and clients served under the program from its inception. Additionally, data on the number of certifications issued by HHS for victims of human trafficking were obtained from ORR.

During each site visit, a member of the study team took copious notes during the discussions. For telephone discussions, responses were similarly retained. From these detailed notes, site summaries were prepared to identify common themes, patterns in responses, and issues needing further exploration during subsequent site visits to other locations and programs. These summaries also informed the development of schemes used for subsequent organization of information. When necessary, follow-up telephone discussions were conducted with staff to fill in gaps and obtain clarifying information. All discussion notes were entered into a database. Responses were organized by the study questions and coded for similarities and unique differences across respondent groups and locations. The coded data were then synthesized for the final report and associated issue briefs.[6]

Descriptive statistics were run on data obtained from USCCB regarding the number and type of trafficking victims served under the per capita program from April 2006 to June 2009. This information is presented in the report.   Descriptive statistics were also run on certification data. Specifically, the number of certifications for adults and children by fiscal year and demographics of the victims are included in this report.

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