Research and Reports: CSE and Trafficking

National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach

In support of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFER) Act, which ensures the most effective practices for collecting DNA evidence in sexual assault investigations, the National Institute of Justice released National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The report recommends specific practices focusing on victim-centered approaches for responding to sexual assault cases and supporting victims throughout the criminal justice process. Prioritizing collaborative, victim-centered and multidisciplinary approaches, this guide serves as a base on which agencies can develop protocols for untested sexual assault kits. Read More

Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States: Overview and Issues for Congress

According to the National Academy of Sciences’ report on child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in the United States, “very few evaluations of specific victim and support services have been conducted, and there are few published reports and even fewer peer-reviewed studies on these services. As a result, victim and support service professionals and programs lack a critically reviewed evidence base for practice. Read More

Human Trafficking of Minors and Childhood Adversity in Florida

A report was recently published detailing the relationship between human trafficking of minors and childhood adversity in Florida. Findings show that sexual abuse is the strongest predictor of human trafficking for both boys and girls, and that sexual abuse in childhood may actually function as a “gateway” to other forms of victimization. This research is some of the only in this field that provides adequate data on boys that have been sexually exploited. Read More

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

Very few professionals and public systems responsible for protecting and serving children are adequately prepared to prevent, identify and respond to the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of minors in the United States. This report identifies new opportunities to advance understanding by providing innovative strategies that expand on and enhance current efforts. The findings conclude that because the nature of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking is very multifaceted, approaches that are tailored to the specific needs of victims/survivors and their communities hold the most promise for a positive impact. Read More

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