Study of HHS Programs Serving Human Trafficking Victims. Information Collected

12/15/2009

Study teams conducted in-person and telephone discussions with direct service providers representing multiple systems of care (domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, healthcare, mental health, immigration, social services, and trafficking victim services); Federal, State, and local law enforcement; and trafficking survivors to identify issues, themes, challenges, and promising practices related to services for victims of human trafficking, both international and domestic. Topics covered during the discussions included client characteristics and needs, client identification and outreach, services provided, challenges/barriers to providing and accessing services, and promising practices. For those programs not directly working with victims of human trafficking, or those who were unsure if they were working with victims, additional areas were covered, including ability to identify and provide services to victims, anticipated challenges to working with this population, and lessons learned from current clients that can inform services to victims of human trafficking. A set of questions and probes were available to the study team to guide the discussions, as necessary (see Appendix C for guiding questions). Table 1 provides a summary of the number of programs and staff/personnel participating in the discussions for each location. A total of 117 programs and 341 representatives from those programs across 11 States and the District of Columbia participated in this study.

Table 1.
Summary of Study Participants
Location Number of Programs and Participants
Georgia 10 programs (8 on-site and 2 phone)
30 discussants
Massachusetts 12 programs (12 on-site)
35 discussants
Texas 18 programs (10 on-site and 8 phone)
55 discussants
Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia  9 programs (8 on-site and 1 phone)
48 discussants
Washington State 11 programs (7 on-site and 4 phone)
32 discussants
Florida 14 programs (9 on-site and 5 phone)
33 discussants
Illinois and Missouri 13 programs (13 phone)
30 discussants
New York 12 programs (9 on-site and 3 phone)
27 discussants
California (San Diego and Los Angeles) 18 programs (17 on-site and 1 phone)
51 discussants

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