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 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.

Alyssa serves as Associate Legal Counsel for the Human Trafficking Institute. She was previously an attorney at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as part of the U.S. protection and resettlement unit in Washington, DC. Prior to joining UNHCR, she worked for the refugee program at Human Rights Watch, advocated on behalf of forcibly displaced women with International Justice Mission in Uganda, and represented victims of human rights abuses before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In law school, she provided direct legal services to asylum-seekers fleeing gender-based violence, and authored a shadow report for the UN Committee Against Torture periodic reporting process. Alyssa holds a JD from The George Washington University Law School and a BA from Northwestern College. She lives in Washington, DC.

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