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NCJ Number: 251596 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative Forms of Justice for Human Trafficking Survivors: Considering Procedural, Restorative, and Transitional Justice
Author(s): Lilly Yu; Jeanette Hussemann; Hanna Love; Evelyn McCoy; Colleen Owens
Corporate Author: The Urban Institute
United States of America
Date Published: March 2018
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
The Urban Institute
Washington, DC 20037
Grant Number: 2015-VF-GX-0108
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: One of four products from the Urban Institute’s study, “Bending Towards Justice: Perceptions of Justice Among Human Trafficking Survivors,” this brief presents the study’s findings on survivors’ experiences with alternative forms of justice, with attention to their perceptions of justice, stakeholder responses, and survivors’ experiences with the criminal justice process.
Abstract: This brief is based on study data from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 80 human-trafficking survivors (55 women and 24 men) in eight diverse metropolitan sites in the United States. The sample included more survivors of labor trafficking (n=45) than sex trafficking (n=29). Forty-four survivors had participated in a criminal case during the investigation or prosecution phase, with 28 having been defendants in their own cases. Although survivors had extensive experience with procedural justice concepts, only a portion of the sample had experienced restorative or transitional justice practices; however, they found these concepts desirable, suggesting these alternative forms of justice would be a welcome inclusion in the policies of stakeholders who work directly with survivors or influence policy and practice that impact trafficking survivors. Survivors had individualized preferences for various alternative forms of justice, suggesting that survivors’ personal preferences for addressing their circumstances be respected and encouraged. Thus, a variety of options should be accessible for them to consider. Survivors’ own recommendations included survivor-led alternatives, such as peer mentorship and participation in advocacy for laws and policies that address future victimization. 1 table and 15 references
Main Term(s): Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; Restorative Justice; Trafficking in Persons
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