Research Professor Meredith Dank has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of State for two grants to build on her labor-trafficking research in Coast Rica and Tanzania through the Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum, a collaboration among the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, University of Georgia Center on Human Trafficking Research & Outreach, and the Hard-to-Reach Population Methods Research Group.
- Costa Rica is a destination and passageway for migration and has a decentralized and unregulated fishing industry, and so has a high risk of labor trafficking and exploitation of fishing labor. Dank, Sheldon Zhang (UMass-Lowell), and a team from the International Organization for Migration will study the scale and characteristics of labor trafficking unique to the fishing industry and improve identification and protection of possible trafficking victims through enhanced capacity to identify and refer, cooperation at the local level, and prevention campaigns.
- Tanzania’s geography and rural-to-urban migration patterns make it a gateway for domestic servitude abroad. Dank, Zhang, and a team from Community Health and Social Welfare Africa will build awareness for domestic workers going abroad and the general public, build prevention and protection resources, develop a rapid-screening tool to be used at migration checkpoints, and organize and educate community-based organizations to assist victims of domestic servitude.