Cross-National Collaboration To Combat Human Trafficking: Learning from the Experience of Others   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The RFP to which this project responded called for a collaborative effort between U.S. scholars and colleagues in other countries to conduct research on a transnational crime of concern in both the U.S. and abroad. To that end, the principal investigator recruited colleagues in Austria and Canada to join the project and together they selected trafficking in human beings as the transnational crime of concern. Two project goals were identified. First, we sought to more clearly understand how Europe-based organizations are accomplishing cross-national collaboration to combat human trafficking. Second, we hoped to use that information to develop suggestions for improving U.S.-Canada anti-trafficking efforts. Although the two goals are intertwined, they involved separate methodologies and are best explained in separate parts of this report. Part 1: Learning From Others, reviews the Europe-based aspect of the research and Part 2: Collaboration Along the U.S.-Canada Border, describes practitioner impressions of current cooperation between North American neighbors. […]. The report's conclusion notes that Europe-based participants were able to list impediments to cooperation and to provide techniques to promote cooperation, but the North American participants seem to have given less thought to either challenges to, or strategies for, improving cross-national collaboration. In North American the concern is more with day-to-day operations for combating human trafficking, whereas in Europe there seems a greater awareness and sensitivity to dealing with human trafficking in a broader contextual framework."

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NIJ Research Project: TDL 2008-313
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