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Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

International News

The U.S. Innovations for Poverty Action, IPA, through its Human Trafficking Research Initiative, HTRI, is funding new research to advance the understanding of what works to reduce trafficking and ultimately inform current policies and practices.

Selected researchers or teams of researchers may receive grants of between $200,000 and $400,000. The organization invites researchers, policymakers, and implementing organizations to submit an Expressions of Interest, EOI, to measure the impact of counter-trafficking programs.

Proposals should assess counter-trafficking interventions across the “4 Ps” of trafficking (prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership). Applicants can request full funding for randomized control trials, partial funding, or funding for new arms of existing programs.

Applicants should review HTRI’s Learning and Research Agenda, which outlines key learning questions and priority areas of research.

These topics were developed through a consultative process with leading policymakers, practitioners, and researchers focused on human trafficking and migration. Research should be designed to directly measure impact within specific sectors of counter-trafficking and respond to one or more of the learning questions in the Learning and Research Agenda. Complete information about the EOI requirements and submission process can be found in the HTRI EOI Application Guidelines.

HTRI is a five-year project funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (the TIP Office)’s Program to End Modern Slavery, PEMS, at the U.S. Department of State and is guided by the academic leadership of Cecilia Hyunjung Mo and Guy Grossman.

HTRI was established in 2020 to support practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in strengthening the evidence base on effective interventions to reduce trafficking and protect victims.

All research grants must focus on one or both forms of trafficking in persons as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (as amended):

· Sex Trafficking – when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person to engage in a commercial sex act or when a trafficker causes a child who has not attained 18 years of age to engage in a commercial sex act.

· Forced Labor – when a trafficker recruits, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains a person for labor or services by using force, fraud, or coercion.

People interested must apply through IPA’s site before 11:59 pm US Eastern time on October 15, 2021.

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