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The author(s) shown below used Federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and prepared the following final report: Document Title: Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S.: Legislative, Legal, and Public Opinion Strategies that Work Author(s): Vanessa Bouche, Ph.D., Amy Farrell, Ph.D., Dana Wittmer, Ph.D. Document No.: 249670 Date Received: January 2016 Award Number: 2012-MU-CX-0027 This report has not been published by the U.S. Department of Justice. To provide better customer service, NCJRS has made this federally funded grant report available electronically. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S. Page 1 Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S.: Legislative, Legal, and Public Opinion Strategies that Work Vanessa Bouche, Ph.D. Texas Christian University Amy Farrell, Ph.D. Northeastern University Dana Wittmer, Ph.D. Colorado College
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Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S.: Legislative, Legal, and Public Opinion Strategies that Work November 30, 2015 Award Number: 2012-MU-CX-0027 Vanessa Bouche, Ph.D. 1 Texas Christian University Department of Political Science Box 297021 Fort Worth, TX 76129 [email protected] (513) 225-1542 Amy Farrell, Ph.D. Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 400 Churchill Hall 360 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115-5000 [email protected] (617) 373-7439 Dana Wittmer, Ph.D. Colorado College Department of Political Science 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3294 [email protected] (719) 389-6538 1 Authors contributed equally to the final summary report This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report has not been published by the Department. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S. Page i Executive Summary After more than a decade of sustained efforts to combat human trafficking in the United States, it is necessary to step back and examine the effectiveness of key anti - trafficking strategies. Utilizing a multi - method approach, we examine 1) the effectiveness of state - level human trafficking legislation to determine what specific legislative provisions are most effective for obtaining desired outcomes, 2) the characteristics of state prosecutions for human trafficking offenses to determine how state laws are being used to hold offenders accountable, and 3) what the public knows about human trafficking, why the public holds the beliefs that they do, and what the public expects from government anti - trafficking efforts. Together the three parts of the study inform efforts to develop effective counter - trafficking programs and practices for legislators, law enforcement, the courts, anti
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