Focus Areas

Human Trafficking Research and Prevention

RTI has an extensive and diverse portfolio of work dedicated to understanding human sex and labor trafficking and informing the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs that prevent trafficking and improve outcomes for survivors. We bring multidisciplinary perspectives to research and evaluation studies, and the delivery of program and evaluation training and technical assistance.

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Measuring Outcomes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Many programs offer comprehensive services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. However, better information is needed about how program participation changes clients’ lives. RTI has developed the Outcomes for Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) evaluation instrument, incorporating input from practitioners, survivors, and researchers at each step in the process. Designed to be completed by service providers about the clients they serve, the instrument measures client status in four key areas: safety, well-being, social connectedness, and self-sufficiency.

The user-friendly instrument, accompanied by an instrument user guide and instrument development brief, are publicly available at no cost. The OHTS research team is excited to share these resources with the hope of improving case manager service provision for victims of human trafficking, and ultimately outcomes for human trafficking survivors. Access the user-friendly OHTS Instrument, OHTS User Guide, and OHTS Development Brief.

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Evaluation of the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Program 

This cross-site evaluation of 12 projects funded under the Administration for Children and Families’ Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program aims to improve understanding of promising service delivery strategies to meet the needs of domestic victims of human trafficking. Building on previous evaluations of DVHT demonstration projects, the evaluation describes service models implemented by projects in various community and organizational contexts and examine how projects achieve the goals of the DVHT Program.

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Improving Outcomes of Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

This Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) training and technical assistance (TTA) project supports grantees funded to implement multidisciplinary and statewide approaches to improving outcomes for children and youth who are victims of human trafficking. RTI’s approach includes collaborative relationships with OVC-funded Improving Outcomes grantees.

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