STREETS of Hope II Forum

Human Trafficking in the Context of Migration
A 4W Research to Practice Forum Hosted by 4W UW-STREETS
“Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex”

UW Co-Sponsors: School of Human Ecology Global Health Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI
July 25-28, 2018

Department Gender and Women’s Studies

As a signature initiative of 4W (Women, Wellbeing, Wisconsin and the World), STREETS takes a woman-centered approach to combating trafficking for sexual exploitation and seeks to incorporate the voices and perspectives of survivors. This two-day forum will bring together local and global practitioners and researchers to explore promising practices in victim identification and case tracking of vulnerable people in the context of migration. Grounded in the insights of practitioners and the perspectives of survivors, this STREETS convening will develop recommendations and a research agenda to compare trafficking trends on the EU/Morocco and U.S./Mexico borders informed by lessons from other migration routes. Together we will advance safer migration and confront trafficking and exploitation for sex while assisting the recovery for those affected by abuse while migrating.

The results of the Forum will be synthesized and compiled as a resource to inform policy development, program design and monitoring and evaluation. Composite illustrative standards for identification of trafficking, action research, and survivor-centered case tracking will be made available for use by NGOs, governments, universities, donors and other stakeholders. We also hope to have partnerships emerge from the forum to independently pursue new funds for community-based research.

Research and Partnership Objectives:

  • Understand strengths, limitations, and applicability of best available sex trafficking indicators and data management
  • Develop relevant, practice-based research questions through knowledge from current evidence and local community
  • Facilitate potential community based research and/or programmatic partnerships to improve both research and practice around trafficking and related
  • Share potential funding sources for emerging partnerships and facilitate sub-group formation to pursue new
  • Identify specific internship opportunities for UW students and other university


Wednesday, July 25 (6:30-9pm) – Upper House, 365 East Campus Mall: Forum Theater open to the public.

6:30-7:00 Welcome Reception

7:00-9:00 Screening and Discussion of Irioweniasi: El Hilo de La Luna (The Thread of the Moon)


Thursday, July 26 (8:30-4:30): Human Trafficking and Migration (Plenary 5th Floor, School of Human Ecology-SOHE, Nancy Nicholas Hall)

MC Araceli Alonso

8:30-9:00 Gathering for breakfast

9:00-9:30 Lori DiPrete Brown and Araceli Alonso

9:30-12:00 Human Trafficking and Migration-Comparing Trends: Liliana Suárez- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Rosalva Resendiz-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Border comparison: Esperanza Jorge and Inmaculada Antolínez Nigeria- Spain

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 4W Wellbeing Model presentation and STREETS of Hope I outcomes discussion; Lori DiPrete Brown

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-4:00 Working group session I

4:00-4:30 Wrap up

6:30 Welcome Dinner (3518 Lake Mendota, Dr.)


Friday, July 27: Trafficking Indicators and Case Tracking/Referrals (Plenary 5th Floor, School of Human Ecology-SOHE, Nancy Nicholas Hall)

MC Jean Geran

8:30-9:00 Gathering for breakfast

9:00-10:30 Trafficking Identification and Case Tracking Methods (U.S.): Lara Gerassi- UW-Madison; Jean Geran UW-Madison; Mariana Rodríguez UMOS Milwaukee

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:30 Trafficking Identification and Case Tracking Methods (International) Inmaculada Antolínez and Esperanza Jorge-Spain and Nigeria; Paul Adhoch-TRACE, Kenya; Mirela Podoiu- Fundatia Usa Deschisa, Romania

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Working group session II

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Working group session III

4:30-5:00 Wrap up session


Saturday, July 28: (Plenary 5th Floor, School of Human Ecology-SOHE, Nancy Nicholas Hall)

10:00-12:00 Developing Research to Practice Partnerships on Trafficking and Migration

(morning working sessions toward grant writing, optional)