Catalyzing a professional, evidence-based response to human trafficking
Every person vulnerable to exploitation and every survivor deserves our best evidence-based efforts to prevent their exploitation and restore their health and connection with family and community.
We envision a world where the movement against exploitation, human trafficking, and modern slavery uses evidence-based models and professionally-trained practitioners to help vulnerable communities meet their physical needs, be mentally and socially healthy, and have access to effective social support systems that prepare them to be resilient in the face of crisis.
To inform, innovate, and impact practice and policy in the anti-trafficking industry we:
To enhance the industry’s capacity, we create opportunities for learning and increase the availability of evidence-based information by consolidating existing research, identifying inconsistencies between research and practice, and investigating gaps in knowledge to find solutions.
To inspire strategic thinking within the industry, we partner with creative thinkers and visionary leaders to, innovate new solutions incubate transformative concepts, and engage in critical evaluation of current practices and emerging concepts.
To impact industry practice, we apply innovative strategies by influencing industry narratives, consulting with leaders and organizations, assisting with the implementation of new programs, developing monitoring and evaluation standards, and creating professional certification standards for the industry.
To influence the future path of the industry, we incorporate the sharing of information and process into every aspect of our work by publishing information through many channels to inform the movement, advocating for innovation, instructing industry stakeholders, and educating students.
understanding survivor inclusion practices and attitudes toward survivor inclusion in anti-trafficking organizations
This project will focus on documenting and benchmarking current survivor-inclusion practices in anti-trafficking organizations and attitudes toward survivor inclusion among anti-trafficking organizations and leaders.
Started: May 2022
This project will focus on (1) documenting the experiences of human trafficking survivors and communities at risk as they participate in prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs operated by anti-trafficking organizations and (2) analyzing the differences between anti-trafficking organizations’ perceptions of survivor experiences and inclusion and survivors’ actual experiences while in the care of anti-trafficking organizations. This will be accomplished by comparing the data from the project on Survivor Inclusion in Anti-Trafficking Organization to the data obtained in this research.
Anticipated Start: 2022
Founder, Christa Foster Crawford, J.D., is leading this project to develop an oral history of the anti-trafficking movement by interviewing current leaders and visionaries who were involved in the movement from the beginning.
Anticipated Start: Spring 2022
Stigma is one of the greatest barriers to successful recovery and reintegration into the community after exploitation. Othering is one of the most common ways that anti-trafficking organizations cause unintentional harm to the people in their care. This project will focus on helping organizations create cultures of belonging that are essential to increasing the success rate of adult education, rehabilitation programs, vocational training, post-exploitation employment, and reintegration.
Anticipated Start: 2023
The Certified Survivor-Safe Organization program will be a rigorous organizational excellence certification program for organizations working with survivors of exploitation, trafficking, and slavery.
Anticipated Start: 2024
The global center for technological innovation, shared learning, and collaboration to end human trafficking
While other knowledge-distribution and collaboration efforts exist, the frameworks on which they were built restrict their scope, capacity, and usability. A fundamental re-thinking on a strategic level is needed, bringing together experts from technology and industry to create a global collaboration platform to maximize the effectiveness of the anti-trafficking movement.
Started: Fall 2021
Founder, Bryon Lippincott, M.A., will lead this research project exploring, and analyzing the narratives that are prevalent in industry films, communications, and fundraising appeals.
Anticipated Start: Spring 2023
Anticipated Start: 2022
We are convening essential conversations with leaders, researchers, and survivors in the anti-trafficking industry to explore and better define the complex, interconnected relationship between exploitation, human trafficking, and modern slavery.
Anticipated Start: Summer 2023
The anti-trafficking industry is highly transient, with rapid turnover for international staff and practitioners. New actors, staff, and organizations regularly enter the industry. IATI founders Christa and Bryon reserve a portion of their capacity to engage in networking, strategic advising, mentoring, and coaching activities.
Started: Fall 2021
We are strategic-minded visionaries intent on re-imagining the humanitarian response to human trafficking.
We catalyze the essential, difficult conversations that are needed for the movement to mature and grow. We facilitate deep thinking, innovation, and accountability in the anti-trafficking movement to professionalize and increase the effectiveness of the industry.
We endeavor to help the industry increase its capacity for self-assessment, innovation, and the iterative refining and development of programs and interventions.
Human trafficking is one of the most complex humanitarian issues facing society today. However, oversimplifying it merely to kidnapping and sexual exploitation leaves many victims unable to escape the systems that entrap or enslave them.
We exist to catalyze a fundamental shift in the anti-trafficking movement, from a reactionary criminal justice model to an evidence-based prevention model that addresses the root causes of human trafficking.
We believe that exploitation, human trafficking, and modern slavery cannot be eradicated until the anti-trafficking movement prioritizes addressing the factors that increase individual, family, and community vulnerability.