ABSTRACT

Human and Drug Trafficking: Actions Needed to Address Gaps in Federal Data to Counter Illicit Activities, Statement of Gretta L. Goodwin, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 316KB]

From the Highlights: "Congress and federal agencies need data of sufficient quality to help ensure vulnerable populations are appropriately identified and supported. For example, virtual currencies are increasingly used in various legitimate transactions, but can also facilitate illicit activities, including human and drug trafficking. Further, AI/AN [American Indian and Alaska Native] women in the U.S. experience higher rates of violence than most other women, and tribal and federal officials have stated that this incidence of violence constitutes a crisis. Federal officials and tribal stakeholders have raised concerns about challenges with cross-jurisdictional cooperation and a lack of comprehensive national data on cases. This statement discusses GAO's [Government Accountability Office] prior work on (1) the extent to which the number of missing or murdered AI/AN women in the U.S. is known; and (2) what is known about the use of virtual currency for human and drug trafficking and the extent to which U.S. agencies collect data on these topics."

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GAO-22-105707
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2022-02-08
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