Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases: Lessons Learned and Promising Practices

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the reauthorizations of 2003 and 2005, along with state legislations have become important tools in the fight against human trafficking. In an effort to increase the understanding of prosecutors’ ability to use the tools available to prosecute and convict traffickers while balancing the needs of trafficked persons, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded a grant in the fall of 2006 to ICF International (formerly known as Caliber Associates, an ICF Consulting Company) and subcontractor the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), to conduct a study that examined the effects of existing federal and state legislation from the perspective of the prosecution and identified critical challenges and barriers to successful prosecution of cases.

Author: Heather J. Clawson, Nicole Dutch, Susan Lopez, and Suzanna Tiapula

Federal Sponsor Agency: Submitted to NIJ

Provider: ICF International

Length: 94 pages

Publication Date: 2008

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