Winning Third Place at Millikin's 2019 Celebration of Scholarship Poster Symposium
The unbelievable happened! I won third place at the Poster Symposium, which was a first for the Political Science department at Millikin!
Despite being a little unprepared due to having to work and also having to present my senior thesis project that same morning I was able to impress the judges so much that they awarded us a third place ribbon and cash award prize!
I had an amazing time explaining to everyone that approached me what our findings were and the importance of the research matter. Most of the people I explained our research to were unaware of the countywide efforts the United States government has been funding since the early 2000s and I was proud to be able to provide them with that information. I felt as if I was extremely prepared despite not having any notecards to rely on because of the numerous presentations given before the poster symposium. My conversation with the judges was engaging and I could tell they were really interested in the research topic because of the number of questions asked and the extended amount of time spent on the discussion. I did not expect to win anything and didn't expect to have as much foot traffic as I did because of the neighboring project topics that were far more interactive than mine was, but despite that we won! I have had a great time presenting our research findings and am forever grateful for the opportunity and skills gained through this experience. -Julisa
For the past few weeks, I have been working on sending Freedom of Information Act (or FOIA) requests to different counties in central Illinois. By sending these requests, we are hoping to receive the jail bookings and arrest data in these counties over the past twenty years as they relate to human trafficking cases. Though most counties accept a letter of request, some have specific forms they require to be filled out in order to receive the information we require. Thus, I have been doing research on each county to determine not only if they have specific forms required, but to determine which office would best be able to fulfill my request, as each request cannot be sent to the same offices in each county. Most State Attorney’s offices are able to help us with our requests, but not all. For some counties, the Sheriff's office holds this information. So, through trial and error, I have worked to send out these requests to whichever office is best suited to help us. Due to the natur
The Community Assessment for the Central Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force is completed and available to read here . The Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin would like to thank all the Central Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force members who took time to fill out this survey and provide a valuable evaluation for the future of the task force. We would especially like to thank Sara Sefried and Matt Fuller and other Steering Committee members who provided valuable feedback in the pretest versions of the community assessment survey. The survey was administered in Qualtrics and we would like to thank Linda Collinsworth and the Behavioral Sciences Department at Millikin University for their assistance gaining access to this software. The statistical analyses were performed in Stata12, the network analysis was constructed with NodeXL, the maps were formulated in Tableau 2018, and the frequency analysis and qualitative coding were constructed MAXQDA 2020. Respondent answers were
Sadly most of my book tour was cancelled due to Covid-19 and the pandemic but I was still able to record a podcast that I had planned to be on from my apartment in Latvia. I was featured on Episode 3 of Series 5 of the Rights Track podcast entitled “Strengthening laws and ending modern slavery: what connects SDGs 16 and 8.7?” which is the most prestigious podcast on human trafficking in the world. I was interviewed by Dr. Todd Landman Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Rights Lab Executive Director at the University of Nottingham at the University of Nottingham in the UK. We discussed the intersection between meeting Sustainable Development Goals SDG 8.7 aiming to end modern slavery and SDG 16 which aims to end violence and strengthen the rule of law and governance. You can listen to the podcast episode here .