In 2006, with funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Vera and diverse local stakeholders launched the New York City Trafficking Assessment Project (NYCTAP) which led to the creation of a screening tool to identify likely victims of trafficking, and accompanying guidelines for the tool’s administration. In 2011, Vera was awarded a grant from the NIJ to field test and validate this tool to get closer to a meaningful and practical process for identifying trafficking victims. In 2014, the validated Trafficking Victim Identification Tool and screening guidelines were released along with a research summary and technical report.
Social and legal service agencies in California, Colorado, New York, Texas and Washington State with vast expertise in working with victim populations were active partners in the research and development of the tool. Conducting research with victim service providers, survivors of trafficking, and law enforcement officials ensured that the screening tool can be implemented effectively.
Use of the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool by victim service providers, law enforcement, health care professionals, child welfare workers and others can generate more reliable knowledge of indicators of trafficking, and will allow for better detection of victims and speedier connections to needed resources for survivors of trafficking.
For more information on our human trafficking work, please contact Laura Simich.