The National Survivor Study (NSS) aims to put survivor experience and expertise squarely at the center of our work building evidence-based strategies in the fight against human trafficking. The NSS is envisioned as both a model of survivor empowerment and a tool for evidenced-based strategies and approaches to anti-trafficking work. The NSS aims to inform the anti-trafficking movement more broadly by filling key evidence gaps that exist in the field in full partnership with survivors.
Focused Issue Briefs
Poverty After Human Trafficking: Survivor Income and Employment
Punishing the Victim: Recovery Barriers for Survivors with Criminal Records
Robbed: Financial Abuse of Human Trafficking Survivors
Unprotected Workers: Workplace Conditions and Experiences of Labor Trafficking Survivors
Findings from Survivor Discussions
Meaningful Engagement in Research
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions about how survivors would want to be involved in research.
Service Access Challenges for Survivors
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions on the types of challenges that survivors encounter in trying to access services.
Immigration Challenges for Survivors
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions on the challenges that survivors encounter as a result of their immigration status.
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions on the topics that are policy priorities for survivors.
Criminalization of Survivors
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions on survivors’ experiences and needs concerning criminalization related to their trafficking victimization.
Child-Related Challenges Survivors Face
Preliminary findings from formative group and individual discussions on challenges survivors face related to custody of children, involvement of family courts and child welfare system, and access to childcare.
Developing the National Survivor Study
Engaging Anti-Trafficking Partners in the Development of the NSS
We utilized a consensus building method (Delphi technique) to determine the focus of the study through multiple rounds of surveys with anti-trafficking stakeholders including survivor leaders.
Milestones on a Learning Journey
Reflections and lessons learned from the NSS project team on trying to implement a community engaged, survivor centered study.
The NSS survey instrument with information on how it was developed is provided to allow partners to adapt it for their context.
Condensed Research Protocol
An overview of the background, design, and plan of the NSS, approved by an institutional review board (IRB) charged with ensuring the protection of human subjects in research.
Study Guiding Values
The NSS team developed a set of principles that served as the foundation for all our work..
Data for Action
We outline our vision for how the NSS data will be used to catalyze change led by the community.