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Kelle Barrick

Kelle Barrick

Senior Research Criminologist


PhD, Criminology, Florida State University
MA, Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University
BA, Administration of Justice, Southern Illinois University


Kelle Barrick is an expert on human trafficking and has led research on both sex and labor trafficking with federal and state funding for more than 10 years. She has also participated in expert working groups on trafficking research convened by the National Science Foundation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, among others.

Her current efforts include estimating the prevalence of sex and labor trafficking; identifying successful strategies for the identification, investigation, and prosecution of labor trafficking cases; increasing our understanding of opportunities to disrupt sex trafficking recruitment and network operations; and conducting a formative evaluation of a law enforcement-based victim services program.

Dr. Barrick also has extensive experience with program evaluation in a broad variety of areas, including prisoner reentry, criminal justice reform, crime and violence reduction, community corrections, crime laboratory efficiency, homeland security, and responses to domestic violence.

In 2009, Dr. Barrick received the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Article Award for a paper on the impact of felony labeling on recidivism.

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