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Introduces the

2021 National Outreach Survey for Transportation Team

Under the 2020 USDOT Combatting Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award

Our data collection is unique in that we are focused on the survey respondent's experiences, knowledge, perceived challenges, and recommendations of counter-trafficking efforts in their frontline work across industry.

Our Collaborative Research Model for this study includes 5 groups:

1) Senior Research Team (Quick Access)

2) Survivor Leader Advisory Council (Quick Access)

3) Transportation Institutes/Centers and Universities (Quick Access)

4) Oversight Agencies (Quick Access)

5) Working Groups (Quick Access)

Each approved team member may be recognized for their participation in this study.
Why do we take the time to identify each Contributor to our National Outreach Survey studies? Because every contribution is important and far too many times, hard work and contributions are not always acknowledged in anti-trafficking work.
We are thankful to all of our Contributors! ​We are stronger when we work together! 

Senior Research Team

Christi Wigle

UAS CEO and Lead Principle Investigator

Christine Baglin, JD

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. James Galanis

Senior Research Advisor

Dr. Silvana Croope

Research Investigator

Alabama Transportation Institute

Dr. Thomas Samuel

Research Associate

The Avery Center

Research Associate

Survivor Leader Advisory Council

We are committed to including a diverse population of Survivor Leaders that are lived experience experts who have been exploited through sex and/or labor trafficking. It is important for our Advisory Council to reflect the vulnerable and marginalized populations that are targeted by human traffickers. Our Advisory Council transcends across different races, religions, genders/identities, nationalities, disabilities, and Indigenous populations. 

Ronny Marty

Former Member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking

Jessa Crisp

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jeri Moomaw

Executive Director

Erik Gray

Program Director

Christine McDonald

Internationally recognized Author, Speaker, Consultant

Transportation Institutes, Transportation Centers, and Universities

We are delighted to work with the following Transportation Institutes and Transportation Centers, which may include students that are pursuing their Masters or PhD. Undergrad students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 Click here to download the benefits of participation. We will continue adding Transportation Institutes/Centers and Universities once their participation is confirmed.

Deputy Director: ​Dr. Steven Jones
ATI Website

Deputy Executive Directo​r: ​Dr. Hilary Nixon
MTI Website

Director: ​Dr. Eric Jackson
CTSRC Website

Director: Steven Polunsky
ATPRC Website

Director: ​Dr. Deb Niemeier
MTI Website

Director: Billy Terry
Rutgers NTI Website

Oversight Agencies

We would like to extend our appreciation to the following agencies, associations, organizations, and entities that have been approved to participate as an Oversight Agency (OA). Each OA will distribute a custom NOS for Transportation survey link to their employees/members. To those who are publicly recognized and to those who wish to remain anonymous, we thank you for engaging your employees/members in the NOS for Transportation. Are you interested in becoming an OA? 

Click Here to download our Oversight Agency Overview. ​We will continue adding OA's once their participation is confirmed. 


American Professional
Mariners Association

Working Groups

We will continue adding Working Group members once their participation is confirmed.


Policy Working Group 
Considers the impact NOS data can have on legislation and make recommendations for updates to existing laws and development of new policies based on insights from the data.
​Chair: Trayce Hockstad, J.D.    
Co-Chair: Elizabeth Neal
Dr. Deb Niemeier
​Christine McDonald
​Mina Chiang     
​Cynthia Moreno

Chris Baglin

Transportation Outreach Working Group
​Identifies key influencers in the transportation industry and connect with them for potential participation as an Oversight Agency (OA).
Chair: Dr. Silvana Croope           
Co-Chair: Yvonne Chen
Amy Storer
Rosemarie Bruckner
Truckers Against Trafficking
Busing on the Lookout
​Airline Ambassadors International

Data Visualization Working Group
​Discusses the build-out of the open-source platform and the visualization for the final report. We want our data analytics and visuals to impact positive change.​
Chair: Jeff Wagner                                     
​Michael Pack                       Dr. Matthew Hudnall​
​Kay Chernush                     Christi Wigle

Forced Labor Working Group
​Informs and ensures this study and final report reflects the impact of labor trafficking on adults and children.
Chair: Dr. Kezban Yagci Sokat                                           
Co-Chair: Erin Albright                                                     
​Marisa Auguste                           Ronny Marty

Jill Bolander Cohen                    Migdalia "Millie" Roman

Hon. Judge Virginia Kendall

Analytics Working Group 
​Analyzes the NOS data and/or contribute to authoring a segment of the final report. We anticipate that this will be our largest Working Group.
Chair: Chris Baglin, JD
Dr. Kezban Yagci Sokat                  Dr. Matthew Hudnall
Dr. Deb Niemeier                             Dr. Andrew Tucker
Marisa Auguste                               Dr. Nathan Culmer​
​Dr. Vanessa Frias-Martinez           Dr. Mingxin Li
​Mary Adams

​Policy Working Group Chair

Legal Research Associate
University of Alabama

Elizabeth Neal

​Policy Working Group Co-Chair

International Analyst

Christine McDonald

Policy Working Group Member

NOS for Transportation Survivor Leader Advisory Council Member

Internationally recognized Author, Speaker, Consultant

Policy and Analytics Working Group Member

Forced Labor Working Group Co-Chair

Founder and Executive Director
New Frameworks

Forced Labor and Analytics Working Group Member

Driver Behavior Analyst
Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (

Jeff Wagner

Data Visualization Chair
Global Advisor and Board

CEO | CFO | SaaS

Technology Innovation

Forced Labor Working Group Chair, Policy and Analytics Working Group Member

Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) and an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University

Data Visualization Working Group Member

Director, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) at the Maryland Transportation Institute

Data Visualization and Analytics Working Group Member

Associate Director of the Institute of Business Analytics
Culverhouse Institute of Business Analytics at the Unive​rsity of Alabama

Dr. Silvana Croope

​Transportation Outreach Working Group Chair

Transportation Outreach Working Group Co-Chair

Director, Private Sector Engagement ECPAT-USA

Indigenous Consultant

Author & Researcher with
Anishinaabe and Cherokee Ancestry

Analytics Working Group Member

Research Associate
Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (

Dr. Nathan Culmer

Analytics Working Group Member

Director of Academic Technologies and Faculty Development and Assistant Professor
College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama

Data Visualization Working Group Member

UAS CEO and Principle Investigator
​for the NOS for Transportation

Analytics Working Group Member

Associate Professor and Data Scientist
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Policy Working Group Member

Founder and Director 
​Humanity Research Consultancy

Amy Storer

Transportation Outreach Working Group Member

Intelligence Analyst for Homeland Security Investigations 

Policy Working Group Member


Analytics Working Group Member

Delaware Center for Transportation

Transportation Outreach Working Group Member

Transportation Program Manager
Pasco County Public Transportation

Analytics Working Group Chair and Policy Working Group Member

Forced Labor Working Group Member

Forced Labor Working Group Member

Forced Labor Working Group Member

Forced Labor Working Group Member

Transportation Outreach Working Group Member

Transportation Outreach Working Group Member

Busing on the Look

Transportation Outreach Working Group Member

A Truckers Against Trafficking Initiative

Artwork for Freedom

Data Visualization Working Group Member

Analytics Working Group Member

Why are we passionate about collaboration at United Against Slavery?

We truly believe that we are stronger when we work together. Unity is one of the greatest weapons we have to combat sex and labor trafficking. None of us have all of the answers and none of us are experts in every aspect of anti-trafficking work. The old saying is still true, "if we all do a little, then a lot will get done." At UAS, we always want to provide a place for collaboration that allows each person to bring the strength of their expertise and allow the team as a whole, to accomplish much more than we could have accomplished by ourselves. Funds are limited in this space, so collaboration allows everyone to be recognized for their tremendous work, which we hope the exposure will help open the door for resources for their individual work outside of collaborating with United Against Slavery. We are stakeholders ourselves and we know counter trafficking efforts will better thrive when there is greater unity and resources for everyone making documented successes.


We established UAS Survey Leaders and have collaborated with more than 50 experts in 22 countries already. They represent the faces and hard work of multi-disciplinary stakeholders across the globe who work so diligently on counter trafficking efforts. We believe that we can find unity even in the midst of our diversity. Survivors are counting on us to figure this out...may we rise up to the challenge.

United Against Slavery is actively pursuing implementation of the large-scale National Outreach Survey (NOS), which we believe will allow us to:

  1. Collect comprehensive data from more than 20 key anti-trafficking stakeholder groups for research, programming, and evaluation of anti-trafficking efforts

  2. Launch an open-source data platform to disseminate our research and analytics while protecting the anonymity of all respondents

  3. Publish an analysis that identifies the best practices required to effectively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the U.S. and internationally

  4. Identify benchmarks and measure progress against them over time, in two-year intervals

To our knowledge, United Against Slavery is the only research organization solely focused on collecting comprehensive frontline data in anti-trafficking work across multi-disciplinary groups. We are committed to a survivor focus, collaborating across the anti-trafficking community, and working to drive changes in practice, services, and policies, to improve prevention, enforcement, and outcomes for victims of sex and labor trafficking and those who work on their behalf.

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If you suspect signs of human trafficking, contact your local law enforcement and 
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