Hosted by: UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group (supported by the Injury Prevention Research Center)

Speaker: Deborah A. Gibbs, Director, Victimization and Resilience Program, Senior Health and Social Policy Analyst, RTI

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 12:30pm, McGavran-Greenberg Hall 1301

Presentation Description: Federal legislation establishes a clear mandate for the child welfare system in preventing, identifying, and responding to human trafficking involving children and youth. Yet trafficking victimization remains under-identified, and research about the children who are victims is needed to inform policy and practice.

This presentation is based on the largest study to date of children with allegations of human trafficking within a child welfare population. Statewide administrative data represent all children with maltreatment allegations investigated by Florida’s child welfare agency, including more than 8,000 allegations of sex or labor trafficking.  Ms. Gibbs will describe characteristics of children who are the subject of trafficking allegations compared to children with other types of maltreatment; children who experience trafficking allegations while missing from out-of-home placements; labor trafficking of children; under-identified trafficking victimization. The presentation will include implications for best practice based on these findings, and time for discussion.

Speaker Bio: Deborah Gibbs, MSPH, directs the Victimization and Resilience Program within RTI International’s Division for Applied Justice Research.  She has been leading research on human trafficking since 2009, and currently oversees a portfolio of descriptive and evaluation studies on domestic human trafficking. Ms. Gibbs has led numerous studies related to child welfare and family violence in the military. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including JAMA, Children and Youth Services Review, Violence Against Women, Child Maltreatment, Violence and Victims, and Military Psychology.