Communicating evidence-based knowledge and modeling the processes of ideation, innovation, and critical thinking within the anti-trafficking movement.

Sharing to Bridge the Diverse Layers of the Movement

Knowledge and evidence have little value if they remain locked in journals and libraries inaccessible to organizations and practitioners fighting human trafficking.

Ideation, innovation, and critical thinking have little instructional value when they occur in a void.

Open sharing of research, discussions about its implications and applications, and modeling of strategic thinking are essential to re-imagining the anti-trafficking movement, engaging organizations, coalitions, and policy makers in a process of continual evaluation and program improvement, and inspiring commitment to accountability in preparation for the next decade and beyond.


Because professional, engaging communication is essential to the success of the anti-trafficking movement, we:


  • Creating and sharing ideas
  • Multiple platforms
  • Multi-media formats
  • Accessible in regional languages


  • E-books
  • Podcasts
  • Journals
  • Online classes
  • Blogs


  • Social Media
  • Conference Speaking
  • Feature Articles
  • Op Eds
  • Learning Communities


  • Transformative, experiential education
  • In-person and online
  • Practitioner training and capacity building
  • Academic courses
  • Practicum/applied learning


  • Bachelor’s degree programs
  • Master’s degree programs
  • Graduate certificates

Our Approach to Communication

We work with industry leaders, coalitions, and networks to develop an understanding of human trafficking that is more rich and complex than current narratives and that prioritizes addressing the root causes of human trafficking.

We then work to develop innovative ways of communicating the complexity of human trafficking to expand the understanding of root causes and the need for empathy in addressing situations of vulnerability.

Engaging, professional multi-media communication pieces allow for the transfer of evidence-based knowledge to industry and organizational leaders, as well as to front-line workers.

Our Founding Vision

We believe that the anti-trafficking industry must commit to addressing the societal conditions that drive exploitation, human trafficking, and modern slavery. We want to see the focus shift from volunteers rescuing survivors to skilled professionals who are members of local communities working with their communities to ensure that no one is vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking, and modern slavery.

Is Best Practice Possible in Anti-Trafficking Work?

Is best practice possible in anti-trafficking work?

We must abandon the idea of simple, scalable solutions and instead improve and scale the anti-trafficking movements’ ability to recognize the different types of situations, environments, and problems that are encountered every day.

Survivor Inclusion in Anti-Trafficking Work

What is the ideal framework for including the perspectives and lived experiences of survivors and communities at risk as we determine the future path of the movement?

The Anti-Trafficking Bubble

The challenge facing the anti-trafficking movement related to vulnerability and society’s lack of concern for vulnerability.

Intentional Innovation

Christa Foster Crawford discusses the need for intentional innovation in the anti-trafficking movement and the need to adopt a futuristic mindset that anticipates future challenges.

Thinking About Research on Survivor Stigma

The results of a 10 year longitudinal study called The Butterfly Study, that tracked the experiences of human trafficking survivors after they were rescued, as they spent time in shelters and reintegrated into the community were just published in the academic journal The Dignity Journal

There is an incredible amount of information to unpack, analyze and think about in terms of strategic implications for the anti-trafficking movement in this study.

Coming Soon

This will be the future home of the Institute for Anti-Trafficking Innovations podcast. Our podcast will feature thoughts and analysis of industry issues from our founders Christa Foster Crawford and Bryon Lippincott.

Courses Coming Soon

Both online and in-person courses will be developed based on our learning.

These will be put together in the language of, and created specifically for, the audiences who can best use the information.