Human Trafficking

ISIM faculty have been researching human trafficking since the early 2000s. Dr. Elżbieta M. Goździak pioneered the Institute’s empirical research on child trafficking, with a particular emphasis on how the intrinsic violence of trafficking into sexual exploitation, forced labor, and domestic servitude shapes the course of their development and re/integration processes. ISIM faculty have also studied trafficked adults, both women and men. Under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Goździak studied return and reintegration of female victims trafficked for sexual exploitation and male victims trafficked into the fishing industry and other labor exploitation in Moldova, Poland, Thailand, and Nepal. Closer to home, with a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Drs. Goździak and Lowell evaluated strategies to stabilize and integrate adult survivors of human trafficking to the United States. ISIM’s applied research on human trafficking in Nepal and Cambodia has informed policy-making of the U.S. Department of Labor, the J/TIP in the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as activities of philanthropic institutions such as Humanity United and the American-Himalayan Foundation.

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