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National Outreach Survey for Transportation 
Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of the NOS for Transportation Survey

Are Contributors paid to participate in a Working Group or other areas?


There is no remuneration for participating as a Contributor. The USDOT Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award includes $50,000 funding, so UAS is presenting advantageous benefits for participation, given the financial limitations.




What is the deadline to be selected as a Contributor?


The Contributor selection process will continue on an as-needed basis; however, selections will occur on a first-come, first serve basis, so early confirmation is encouraged.




What benefits are provided to serve as a Contributor?


Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, 1) collaborating with other experts and contributing your expertise in this historic transportation study to seek a positive impact for survivors of sex and labor trafficking and those who work on their behalf, 2) receiving a special Letter of Participation from United Against Slavery, 3) being recognized as a Contributor in the final report, which will be presented to the USDOT Secretary and the public-at-large, 4) having early access to NOS data, and 5) publishing on NOS data at a pre-determined date.




Who will be publicly acknowledged as an approved Contributor?


An entity, company, or individual that has been approved by the Principal Investigator or the Co-Principal Investigator to serve on the NOS for Transportation study. This can include Transportation Institutes, Working Group Chair/Co-Chair/Members, Students who receive prior-approval, Anti-trafficking Experts, and/or Researchers. Contributors can remain anonymous, if desired.




How much time is required to be a Contributor?


There are multiple opportunities to serve as a Contributor and the time commitment will vary upon each role. Serving as a Chair or Co-Chair of a Working may require 10-20 hours over the next year, whereas members of a Working Group may only serve up to 10 hours in the same time frame. For Contributors that are participating in the data analytics or authoring a segment of the final report, time will vary according to the time allocated to each project. Each Working Group will be granted an opportunity to submit a short brief for inclusion on the final report and all approved Contributors will be publicly acknowledged for their participation, if desired.





Understanding the Role of a Contributor

Are Contributors paid to participate in a Working Group or other areas?


There is no remuneration for participating as a Contributor. The USDOT Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award includes $50,000 funding, so UAS is presenting advantageous benefits for participation, given the financial limitations.




What is the deadline to be selected as a Contributor?


The Contributor selection process will continue on an as-needed basis; however, selections will occur on a first-come, first serve basis, so early confirmation is encouraged.




What benefits are provided to serve as a Contributor?


Some of those benefits include, but are not limited to, 1) collaborating with other experts and contributing your expertise in this historic transportation study to seek a positive impact for survivors of sex and labor trafficking and those who work on their behalf, 2) receiving a special Letter of Participation from United Against Slavery, 3) being recognized as a Contributor in the final report, which will be presented to the USDOT Secretary and the public-at-large, 4) having early access to NOS data, and 5) publishing on NOS data at a pre-determined date.




Who will be publicly acknowledged as an approved Contributor?


An entity, company, or individual that has been approved by the Principal Investigator or the Co-Principal Investigator to serve on the NOS for Transportation study. This can include Transportation Institutes, Working Group Chair/Co-Chair/Members, Students who receive prior-approval, Anti-trafficking Experts, and/or Researchers. Contributors can remain anonymous, if desired.




How much time is required to be a Contributor?


There are multiple opportunities to serve as a Contributor and the time commitment will vary upon each role. Serving as a Chair or Co-Chair of a Working may require 10-20 hours over the next year, whereas members of a Working Group may only serve up to 10 hours in the same time frame. For Contributors that are participating in the data analytics or authoring a segment of the final report, time will vary according to the time allocated to each project. Each Working Group will be granted an opportunity to submit a short brief for inclusion on the final report and all approved Contributors will be publicly acknowledged for their participation, if desired.





Oversight Agency Details

What is an Oversight Agency (OA)?


An Oversight Agency is an approved entity with employees or members that agrees to distribute a custom NOS survey link to their database. UAS will never access their database and will provide a survey link to be distributed by the OA to their database.




Who can participate as an Oversight Agency in this study?


Any transportation entity that has a database of employees or members (such as a Union) and is willing to distribute a custom NOS survey link to their database once the study has been launched.




Is there a minimum or maximum number of employees/members for an entity to be considered an Oversight Agency?


The research team will consider any transportation entity that has employees or members. We will actively seek entities with larger employee/member bases but will consider smaller groups as well. Entities can have as few as 10 employees/members or as many as 100,000+ in the United States and in other countries.




As an OA, can we request custom questions for multiple subset groups?


Yes, prior to February 28, 2021, you may request custom survey questions to be drafted for multiple groups. For example, 1) Trucking Company #1 requests custom questions for its drivers and for its distribution center workers; 2) while Trucking Company #2 requests questions only for its drivers; 3) a railway requests custom questions for its Engineers and station agents; and 3) an airline requests custom questions for its Flight Attendants, Pilots, and Ground Crew. The requests can be customized to each OA based upon their staffing needs. The research team will provide a form to be completed by the OA and the groups will be identified on that form. The research team will then draft custom survey questions for each group. An OA may add additional subset groups after the November 1 deadline but the subset(s) will be asked the baseline questions already drafted and not custom questions.




What responsibility does an Oversight Agency have?


The OA is responsible to distribute a custom NOS survey link to their database of employees/members. The NOS for Transportation allows for custom survey questions for multiple subsets in each mode of transportation, so if the OA would like custom questions for multiple groups, an interview will be set up to confirm details of each group. There is minimum time commitment to participate as an OA. Each OA's participation is appreciated and will help us reach a larger population of survey respondents across the transportation industry.




Is there a deadline to become an Oversight Agency?


Entities may apply to become an Oversight Agency up until 3 weeks prior to the launch of the NOS for Transportation; however, custom survey questions will only be drafted for transportation groups and subsets that are identified prior to February 28, 2021. If an entity signs up to be an OA after this time and they are identified as a group that doesn't have custom questions after the November 1 deadline, they can still participate and will receive a survey link with baseline questions.




How do I/we get signed up as an Oversight Agency?


Please click this link to proceed.





Contact Information

How can the Research Team be contacted?


Please email research@unitedagainstslavery.org.





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