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Legal Responses to Human Trafficking:Evaluability Assessments and Future Evaluation Designs

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $428,073)

The Center for Court Innovation (CCI) and RTI International plan to conduct evaluability assessments of legal responses to human trafficking at key decision-making points along the criminal justice system continuum, including police- and prosecutor-led diversion programs and courts that are specifically designed to address sex trafficking.

The applicant has partnered with the following sites that have established innovative legal approaches to addressing the needs of trafficking victim-defendants: Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC) in Queens, NY; Changing Actions to Change Habits (CATCH) Court in Columbus, OH; Davidson County Court’s Grace Empowered and Cherished HEARTS program in Nashville, TN; King County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program in Seattle, WA; and Project 180 in Houston, TX.

Using a mix of research methods and data sources, the study will collect and document detailed information about each program model, including goals and objectives, strategies and activities, implementation, and data systems and sources. This work will result in the development of several products describing each program model, including a logic model and performance indicators to measure the programís outputs and short- and long-term outcomes. Study activities will culminate with systematic evaluability assessments and process and impact evaluation designs for each program model.

The results from this foundational research study will serve as an invaluable first step towards any future impact to assess the effectiveness of these or similar trafficking focused diversion programs.

"Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14).


Date Created: September 27, 2018