Background & Purpose

Human Trafficking Data (HTD) is an open-source, searchable database of federally prosecuted human trafficking cases in the United States that fills an important empirical gap in research on human trafficking. HTD represents a valid and reliable data source on human trafficking that:

  • Makes available the full corpus of federally prosecuted human trafficking cases in the U.S.;
  • Codes each case; and
  • Analyzes the aggregate data

Principal Investigators

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Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. Dr. Bouché has been a principal investigator on several federally-funded human trafficking projects from the Department of Justice and USAID totaling over $800,000. She has developed databases of human trafficking prosecutions in the U.S. and India, conducted public opinion research on human trafficking in the U.S., Moldova, and Albania, and designed and deployed trauma informed surveys with survivors of human trafficking in the U.S. and Honduras.​ Dr. Bouché has consulted for the National Opinion Research Center, Thorn, McCain Institute, Amber Alert, Justice Research and Statistics Association, among others. She has been an invited speaker by dozens of organizations locally and globally, including the United States Consulates in Mumbai and Kolkata. She serves on the Board of Directors for two anti-trafficking organizations in the DFW area and has published research in a variety of scholarly outlets.

Headshot bridget Professor Bridgette Carr is the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School's Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing this issue comprehensively. The clinic has provided free legal services to victims since 2009, supporting the wide-ranging needs of all types of individuals victimized by a range of trafficking crimes. Professor Carr is working with university partners around the world to develop similar programs, and has helped establish university law clinics in Mexico, Ethiopia, and Brazil. She is the lead author of the first casebook on human trafficking law and policy, which examines the cross-section of criminal justice, civil and human rights, immigration, and international law that frames these issues. Professor Carr regularly provides human trafficking training to law enforcement, government officials, and healthcare providers, as well as consultations to state and national authorities on the issue of human trafficking.