Research & Policy

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) coordinates with federal partners to expand interagency procedures to collect and organize data on human trafficking, evaluate anti-trafficking programs, and carry out research to strengthen the nation’s response to human trafficking. 

Data Collection

The project seeks to obtain a baseline understanding of human trafficking data collection systems; propose uniform data collection elements; and develop a user-friendly platform to collect and share data to better understand trends in victimization, gaps in services, and improvements to quality of care.  

Program Evaluation

OTIP regularly monitors grant program performance and partners with the ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation to assess key questions to evaluate anti-trafficking programs.


OTIP partners with multiple federal agencies and research institutions to support research on human trafficking through funding, technical assistance, and consultations. 


OTIP produces information memoranda, fact sheets, program instructions, and other policy documents to provide guidance to anti-trafficking grantees, federal and local partners, and other stakeholders assisting survivors of trafficking and preventing human trafficking victimization.

U.S. Government Reports

OTIP contributes to several federal and international reports on the U.S. government’s response to human trafficking. 

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