Human trafficking is unquestionably a human rights violation, but it also thrives on national security vulnerabilities—fraudulent documents, porous borders, and money laundering, to name a few. Some argue that it is the second largest source of profits for international organized crime and has been described as the fastest growing illicit activity in the world.

Trafficking’s human rights label has produced some unintended consequences. The first is an overwhelming focus on victim-centric policies and programs, creating a void in preventative policies and programs. The other is experts in national security have had limited exposure to the phenomenon and have not been tapped to recommend potential counter-trafficking ideas based on models used in other activities, such as counter-narcotics, anti-smuggling, and counter-terrorism.

We aim to make human trafficking a priority within the national security community.

Our Program Activities include:

  1. Studying the relationship between stabilization, national security, and human trafficking.
  2. Convening subject-matter level meetings between trafficking experts and national security experts to discuss implementations of study recommendations.
  3. Ongoing outreach around the results of the study and the results of the senior-level discussions.
  4. Senior level advocacy to promote results of the study and working group meetings to federal officials and combatant commands.