Combatting Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking is not one dimensional. It’s more than a human rights issue. It’s more than a public health concern. It’s more than a criminal justice problem. Our solutions must be similarly complex.”
Cindy McCain, Combatting Human Trafficking Symposium 2019

The McCain Institute’s Combatting Human Trafficking Program educates, raises awareness and implements action-based solutions to end modern slavery. Through collaborative partnerships, critical research and direct engagement with innovative programs, the Institute connects and convenes stakeholders to find strategies to combat human trafficking at local, state, national and international levels.

Explore Agricultural Labor Data

Anti-trafficking organizations struggle to answer two questions: where does trafficking happen, and how do we reach trafficking victims?  While no public data set can definitively answer these questions, the interactive labor data visualization dashboard allows us to explore where labor exploitation might be occurring through the lens of government labor enforcement and violation data. Stakeholders seeking to identify and provide support to victims of trafficking can use this analysis as input to guide outreach, allocate field resources, and identify possible gaps in anti-labor trafficking program coverage.

Global Experts Consortium on Prosecuting Human Trafficking

In early 2021, Justice and Care and the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University launched a two-year…

R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t

As our lives have become increasingly digital, it is more important than ever for parents to help their children navigate…

Certificate on Human Trafficking

Coming Soon: Online Certificate on Human Trafficking for Youth-Serving Professionals   To better address human trafficking among runaway and homeless…

The Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery

In spring 2017, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University launched…

Student Alliance Against Trafficking

The McCain Institute’s Student Alliance Against Trafficking program unites and empowers an international network of student activists to combat human…


of child sex trafficking survivors surveyed by Thorn were at some point sold online


Number of prosecutions (9,548 convictions) for trafficking globally in 2019

According to the 2020 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report


Total convictions by the U.S. Department of Justice for human traffickers in 2019, down from 526 in 2018

Twitter: #REALFriendsDont

As communication is becoming increasingly digital, it is crucial parents help their kids navigate their online relationships and get R.E.A.L. about online exploitation. Help your kids understand who their “real” friends are. #REALFriendsDont

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Calling all high schoolers who are passionate about using their voice to make a difference! As part of #InternationalYouthDay, we're thrilled to promote the application for our #REALFriendsDont Youth Ambassadors program. Think you may be a good fit? Apply:

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