2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report provides an exhaustive account of all criminal and civil human trafficking cases handled by federal courts during 2017. The Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of what the federal system has done to address human trafficking. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases.

A team of 12 attorneys and 8 law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2017. In addition, court documents, press releases, and news sources were used to gather a comprehensive set of data to include type of trafficking case, business model, age of the victim, and district where the case took place, among others.

2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report (high resolution, 23.5 MB)
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2017 Federal Human Trafficking Report Executive Summary

About the author

John is a Founding Director of the Human Trafficking Institute, and currently the United States Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, who leads the Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. He has served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and an expert on human trafficking for the United Nations and at the European Union. He was named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” and by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and twice earned DOJ’s Special Commendation Award. John co-designed the advanced human trafficking curriculum for federal agents. Before joining DOJ, John served as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington. John lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and three children.

Kyleigh serves as Associate Legal Counsel for the Human Trafficking Institute. Prior to her role at the Institute, she 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. Kyleigh lives in Oklahoma, with her husband, Kenneth, and son.

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