2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report provides an exhaustive account of all criminal and civil human trafficking cases handled by federal courts during 2018. 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 11 attorneys and 7 law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2018. The Report draws on court documents, press releases, and news sources to provide a comprehensive data set, including information about the type of trafficking, methods of coercion, the location of cases, and the age and gender of victims.

2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report (high resolution, 28 MB)
2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report (low resolution, 2 MB)
2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report Executive Summary
2018 State Summaries

About the author

Kyleigh is the former Associate Legal Counsel at HTI. She served as the lead architect and co-author of the Federal Human Trafficking Report. In this role, she managed the data collection and analysis of federal human trafficking cases, directed the content creation for the annual Report publication, co-authored the annual Report, and briefed government leaders and other anti-trafficking stakeholders on key findings and emerging trends in efforts to federally prosecute traffickers. In addition, Kyleigh provided legal support for HTI's strategic litigation by filing amicus briefs in federal human trafficking cases on appeal and assisted 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. Click here to download a complete bio.

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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