CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Rodolph on Human Trafficking

Over the past twenty years, the United States significantly improved its efforts to eliminate human trafficking within its borders. Yet the judicial system continues to place a heavy burden on victims* to cooperate or testify and lacks a unified, trauma-informed, and victim-centered approach that appropriately prioritizes victim health and safety. While the United States should continue to vigorously pursue prosecution of perpetrators, it must equally prioritize proper care for and protection of victims and survivors during this process. To simultaneously achieve these goals, the United States should adapt and expand services available to victims, use alternative investigative and prosecution strategies, increase awareness and education campaigns, expand mandatory training, ensure restitution is ordered, and use protections throughout the recovery, investigation, and trial processes.

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