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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
Collect comprehensive data from more than 20 key anti-trafficking stakeholder groups for research, programming, and evaluation of anti-trafficking efforts
Launch an open-source data platform to disseminate our research and analytics while protecting the anonymity of all respondents
Publish an analysis that identifies the best practices required to effectively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the U.S. and internationally
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.