Jan Miyasaki from Project Respect presenting the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol to participants of the STREETS of Hope Forum (Photo by Alan Talaga, 2015.)

STREETS Project

Our Project

STREETS (Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex) is contributing to the end of human trafficking through education and action research that is grounded in the perspectives and preferences of survivors. We are having an impact in communities locally and globally, and are becoming an effective voice in the legal and policy realm. Activities include education and outreach through courses, mentoring, internships and research; improving practice in service provision for survivors and outcome measurement; creating local and global women-centered partnerships; developing training tools and other online resources; influencing policy and the strategic targeting of funding for effective interventions; and exploring how technology may be used in innovative ways to identify and support women and girls affected by trafficking or other forms of gender-based violence.

Goals

Build a STREETS network of local and global partners

Create internships and mentoring for UW students related to anti-trafficking work

Become a research to practice bridge between the university and civil society

Develop educational content and training materials related to trafficking and exploitation for sex

 

STREETS of Hope

STREETS takes a woman-centered approach to combating trafficking for sexual exploitation and seeks to incorporate the voices and perspectives of survivors. Toward this goal we organized the two-day “STREETS of Hope Forum that brought together local and global practitioners, researchers and survivors to explore promising practices in after care as well as approaches to measuring the wellbeing of women and children who have experienced human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Grounded in the insights of practitioners and the perspectives of survivors, this STREETS convening began the development of recommendations and a research agenda to advance the goal of ending trafficking for sex and assisting the recovery for those affected by this heinous crime. The results are being synthesized and compiled as a set of first generation guidelines on survivor wellbeing to inform policy development, program design and monitoring and evaluation.