Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative (ASHTI)
ASHTI is led by a working group of KU faculty, staff, and students that are engaged in scholarship and advocacy related to addressing contemporary slavery and human trafficking. This site is to become an online repository of KU research and data related to human trafficking domestically and internationally. The global, national, and regional initiative to combat contemporary slavery and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing global human rights movements, bringing together practitioners, academics, and civic leaders to find innovative strategies to identify trafficking patterns, to prevent the social inequality that fosters enslavement, and to build stronger communities. KU’s Institute for Policy & Social Research hosted the Kansas Conference on Slavery and Human Trafficking in early 2013 (http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/CIPA/HumanTrafficking/). There were approximately 220 participants at the conference including KU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the medical, justice, National Guard, and law enforcement services. We also had service providers, social workers, and non-governmental organizations from across the region and nation. The subsequent working group has adopted a three-pronged approach to position KU as a national leader in addressing human trafficking: (1) research, (2) education and (3) training to improve victim services. Our goal is to position KU as a national hub for research on human trafficking, building on our strengths in migration, inequality, global area studies programs, gender, and climate change. The history of Kansas as a free state, the legacy of anti-slavery sentiments in the region, and current efforts to combat human trafficking regionally create a rich foundation for future research and educational programs.
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This collection is an online repository of KU research and data related to human trafficking domestically and internationally.
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017)Feminist scholars and activists engage in meaningful, contentious debates about the relationships among sex, gender, power, and society. One of the most recent iterations of these arguments reinscribes the pleasure of sex ...
(Anti, 2017-04)This report covers the findings of ASHTI’s two-state survey to gather information from service providers working with vulnerable persons in the Midwest. Based on previous ASHTI interviews, the research team created a survey ...
(Harvard School of Public Health, 2016-06)The medical sector presents a unique opportunity for identification and service to victims of human trafficking. In this article, we describe local and site-specific efforts to develop an intervention tool to be used in ...
Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland (Cogitatio, 2015-02-23)Human trafficking justice centers on the “Three Ps” model of prevention, protection, and prosecution. While protection and prosecution efforts have been moderately successful, prevention remains elusive, as “upstream” ...
(Springer Verlag, 2014)Human trafficking is increasingly recognized as an outcome of economic insecurity, gender inequality, and conflict, all significant factors in the region of southern Africa. This paper examines policy responses to human ...