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The DNA field experiment and the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS)

Publication date: Nov 19, 2010 11:02 AM

Start: Dec 07, 2011 10:30 AM
End: Dec 07, 2011 12:00 PM

Location: Tavistock Square, UCL

Speaker: Nancy G. La Vigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute, USA
Audience: SECReT students

Nancy G. La Vigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. flew over to UCL SECReT to deliver a seminar about the Policy Center’s work. Nancy presented research highlights from the center’s work on:

  • Corrections, Re-entry and Community supervision
  • Victims of crime
  • Forensic science
  • Juvenile justice and youth interventions

Key projects included a research study seeking to evaluate human trafficking programmes in Brazil, Africa and East Asia Pacific; and another project working with Northeastern University to design and implement a national Human Trafficking Reporting System providing a secure means to collect data about victims and offenders of this crime type. 

Another project looked at ‘Social Networks, delinquency and gang membership’ and examined personal social network data to assess the composition of Latino gang members’ friendship networks and derive structural properties that influence the commission of crime.

The DNA Field Experiment was another highlight. This study examined the possibility of expanding the use of DNA evidence from violent criminal incidents to high volume crimes such as residential burglary. The study suggested that large numbers of offenders not currently identified by traditional investigations could be identified via DNA.