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Collection, Storage, and Use of Client Data: Considerations and Recommendations for Human Trafficking Service Providers

NCJ Number
Journal of Human Trafficking Volume: Online Dated: 02 February 2024
Emily F. Rothman; Jennifer O’Brien; Julia Cusano; Lisa Jones
Date Published
February 2024

This paper provides considerations and recommendations for managing client data within human trafficking (HT), domestic violence, and sexual violence programs.


In this paper, a team of university-based researchers provide recommendations for HT agencies on routine data collection, storage, and use based on researchers’ insights from working closely with multiple community-based HT service provider agencies. The article makes a pragmatic contribution to best practices in HT provider operations and therefore has implications for administrators of HT programs, data personnel at HT programs, and policies related to data, information, technology, and safety for HT program service provision. The authors consider important questions that HT programs face related to data and present recommendations as they pertain to three main challenges: (1) Which data to collect, and how; (2) How to store data; and (3) How to analyze data. The authors include a list of nine routine data elements that HT service providers may prioritize for data collection, a table with eight actionable recommendations, and a short glossary of program monitoring and evaluation terms. (Published Abstract Provided)