Worldwide, more than 25 million victims of human trafficking are enslaved for the commercial gain of others. This pervasive violation of basic human rights has led to a widespread movement of governments pledging to end modern slavery as one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and to adapt the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol.
Despite the gravity and prevalence of human trafficking, there is a notable lack of evidence on what programs work to reduce trafficking and support victims. While there have been numerous high-quality studies to document the complex dynamics of human trafficking, there are very few rigorous impact evaluations that reliably test strategies for addressing trafficking and can be used to design evidence-based programs and policies.
To this end, the US Embassy in Nicosia is inviting researchers, policymakers, and implementing organizations to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Human Trafficking Research Initiative (HTRI) in order to measure the impact of counter-trafficking programs.
Proposals must include ways to assess counter-trafficking interventions across the “4 Ps” of trafficking (prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership).
The deadline for submission is October 15.