Lifeline Reintegration- Ghana

Funded by the UGA President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program

This project is a longitudinal research program to develop and test evidence-informed intervention programs for women and girls who are survivors of trafficking in Accra, Ghana. This study collected three waves of data (Wave 1, N = 144; Wave 2, N = 122; Wave 3, N = 111) over three years time from survivors housed at the residential treatment center, Lifeline, during the years 2010-2015. Lifeline’s focus is to provide basic life and vocational skills which are aimed at improving community reintegration and reducing the risks of re-trafficking among the women they serve. Quantitative data collected assess the psychological, social, emotional, and physical outcomes of trafficking survivors. Qualitative in-depth interviews were also completed with Lifeline alumni (n = 38) as well as community leaders and stakeholders (n = 24) to help in identifying service gaps. In addition, the third wave of data assess survivors’ physiological responses using biological markers. Our mixed-method research examines:

  • Pathways to exploitation and trafficking
  • Effect of social support, coping, and community reintegration on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms with girls and women who received intervention and who are now back in the community
  • Short-term and long-term health experiences of trafficked girls and women, as well as individual- and social-level factors associated with reductions in psychological and physical problems over time
  • Impact of protective and adverse factors in childhood on trafficking vulnerabilities and moderating effect of family support on subsequent mental health outcomes
  • Culturally-adapted assessment tools 

Anti-Human Trafficking Research and Programming in West Africa – Guinea and Sierra Leone

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Program to End Modern Slavery

This is a 5-year project, beginning in the fall of 2018, to develop and utilize a rigorous, mixed-method research methodology to collect data on the prevalence, impact, and service gaps of child labor and sex trafficking in parts of Sierra Leone and Guinea. We use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) mixed-methods approach that incorporates qualitative and quantitative techniques. CBPR seeks to equitably involve all partners in the research process, build on community strengths and resources, and recognize the unique strengths of each community partner.1 We are working with ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), a USAID-funded partnership of 20 African universities based at Makerere University in Uganda, to collect, analyze, and establish robust baseline data in Sierra Leone and Guinea. These prevalence estimates will inform policies and programs to achieve a measurable reduction of child trafficking in West Africa.

Local implementing partners will be openly and competitively selected in Year 2 of the project.

1Minkler, M., & Wallerstein, N. (Eds.). (2003). Community-based participatory research for health. San Francisco, CA, US: Jossey-Bass.

Anti-Human Trafficking Research and Programming in West Africa- Senegal

Funded by United States Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Program to End Modern Slavery

This project commences in the fall of 2019 and concludes in September of 2024. There are two principal aims of APRIES’ research and programming activities in Senegal. The first is to generate robust baseline prevalence data for sex trafficking within target communities in the Kédougou gold mining region of Senegal, simultaneously identifying gaps in corrective services and policy. The second aim is to inform and enhance the quality and scope of implementing partners’ anti-slavery operations. The project goals are a measurable reduction in baseline prevalence of sex trafficking in target communities, and an increase in the number of trafficking victims served by sub-awardee implementing partners.

Our approach incorporates qualitative data to establish service and policy gaps, quantitative surveys to establish human trafficking prevalence, and a monitoring and evaluation process to ensure progress towards project objectives.

Research partners and M&E partners will be selected in Year One of the project while local implementing partners will be selected in Year Two of the project, in open and competitive bidding processes.

Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum

Funded by United States Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum is a research program implemented by the African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery at the University of Georgia. It aspires to build a global community of researcher-learners in the science of human trafficking prevalence estimation with a focus on documenting the robustness of various methodological approaches in human trafficking prevalence research.

The first Prevalence Forum was held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via virtual meeting. View conference materials.