Grantee: TCU

Texas Christian University


Grant Title: Gauging Public Opinion on Human Trafficking in Moldova and Ukraine: Employing Survey
Experimentation to Inform Effective Prevention and Awareness Programs
Grant Period: August 2013 – January 2015
Principal Investigator: Vanessa Bouché, Political Science, TCU
Co Principal Investigators: Ekaterina Botchkovar, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Amy Farrell, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Dana Wittmer, Political Science, Colorado College

The TCU research team collaborated on a National Institute of Justice grant that analyzed the intersection between the implementation of anti-trafficking laws in the US and US citizens’ knowledge about and attitudes towards human trafficking. Through the DFG Campus Challenge grant, the TCU team will build on this work, adapting the survey instrument for use in Moldova and Ukraine, two countries in which USAID has made significant C-TIP investments. TCU will conduct the survey with 2,000 respondents. The first part of the TCU survey will gather information about the respondent, allowing TCU to study correlations among demographic characteristics, type and level of civic involvement, and patterns of knowledge or beliefs about human trafficking. The second part will use survey experimentation to allow TCU to draw conclusions on how knowledge, beliefs, or behaviors related to human trafficking could be influenced and how interventions should be designed.

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