Showing posts from April, 2019

Lawrence, Kansas Trip!

Our trip to Lawrence, Kansas for the Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking   was one of the many amazing experiences had during my time working with the Human Trafficking Research Lab. I had never been to Kansas so I was blown away with the scenery and the culture of the campus and Lawrence. During the conference days, I was able to learn so much about the anti-trafficking discourse and different research approaches. I was also able to present the research in front of many well-known and often cited researchers and we were even able to present research in front of an author we had cited within our literature review portion of our paper. I was also able to enjoy the art museum that was in display specifically for the theme of the conference, which I have included a couple of the art pieces I had enjoyed! The trip was also full of restaurant trips that required me to step out of my comfort zone, but I was pleasantly surprised. We also did a bit of shop

Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking

In April the entire Human Trafficking Research Lab traveled to Lawrence Kansas to present our research paper entitled “Human Trafficking Task Force in the US Overlapping Jurisdiction and Shifting Typologies” at Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking.   The research focused on the development and collaborations of human trafficking task forces, anti-trafficking institution established to combat human trafficking around the US. We formulated a unique database mapping over 200 human trafficking task forces, coalitions, working groups and/or commissions throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico at different levels of governance from state, to region, county, and city. We created a typology of human trafficking task forces to show task force variation, the overlapping distribution of government grants, and the impetus for the task forces. We determined that there were seven different types of human trafficking task forces in the US from the grassroots