2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report is an annual publication of the Human Trafficking Institute that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year. For the first time, the 2020 Report compiles data from every federal human trafficking prosecution since 2000, the year the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act was passed into law.

A team of seven attorneys and eight law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2020. Court documents, press releases, and news sources were reviewed, and prosecutors across the country were consulted, to gather a comprehensive set of data that includes: type of trafficking case, profile of the trafficker, details about the trafficking scheme, demographics of the victim, and district where the case took place, among others.

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of how the federal system holds traffickers accountable for their exploitative conduct. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or human trafficking cases that are not prosecuted.

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2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report (high resolution, 61 MB)
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2020 Executive Summary

About the author

At HTI, Kyleigh serves as the lead architect and co-author of the Federal Human Trafficking Report. In this role, she manages the data collection and analysis of federal human trafficking cases, directs the content creation for the annual Report publication, co-authors the annual Report, and briefs government leaders and other anti-trafficking stakeholders on key findings and emerging trends in efforts to federally prosecute traffickers. In addition, Kyleigh provides legal support for HTI's strategic litigation by filing amicus briefs in federal human trafficking cases on appeal and assists HTI's prosecution work with partner countries. Prior to attending law school, Kyleigh worked for International Justice Mission, supporting the organization’s forced labor slavery and sex trafficking operations in South Asia. She has lived in India and Swaziland, where she worked with survivors and populations vulnerable to trafficking, coordinated government and law school trainings on human trafficking law, and drafted a best practices manual for prosecuting human trafficking cases in India. Kyleigh graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest School of Law. During law school, Kyleigh served with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina.

At HTI, Alyssa directs the Douglass Fellowship for law students, co-authors the annual Federal Human Trafficking Report, oversees prevalence studies in Belize and Uganda, and provides leadership for HTI’s strategic litigation. Previously, she served as HTI’s Acting Special Counsel in Uganda. Prior to joining HTI, Alyssa was an attorney with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she managed a regional portfolio of migrant petitions for UNHCR assistance. She has represented victims of war crimes before the International Criminal Court, and advocated on behalf of forcibly displaced populations with Human Rights Watch and International Justice Mission. In law school, Alyssa provided direct legal services to immigrants, including human trafficking survivors, with her law school's Immigration Clinic, at Tahirih Justice Center, and as a director of the local chapter of International Refugee Assistance Project. She holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Northwestern College.

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