Federal Human Trafficking Report

We publish the Federal Human Trafficking Report each year as a tool for justice sector professionals, government agencies, and everyday advocates to understand the U.S. federal response to human trafficking and promote improvements. This project is essential to evaluating how well the United States prosecutes suspected traffickers because this massive collection of data is not available anywhere else. We are the only organization to compile statistics from every criminal case since the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 formally made human trafficking a federal crime. Check out the full Report and learn about how well the federal justice system in your state is addressing human trafficking:

From 2000 through 2020 there have been

Human Trafficking Prosecutions Filed

Victims in Human Trafficking Cases

Convicted Human Trafficking Defendants

About the Report

The Federal Human Trafficking Report is our annual publication that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year. In addition, summaries for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 U.S. territories are created each year to provide a breakdown of prosecution data from each state. The 2020 Report provides the first-ever analysis of every federal human trafficking prosecution since 2000, the year the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed into law.

A team of attorneys and law school students review every human trafficking case in the federal court system each year. Court documents, press releases, and news sources are reviewed, and prosecutors across the country are consulted, to gather a comprehensive dataset that includes: type of trafficking case, profile of the trafficker, details about the trafficking scheme, demographics of the victim, and district where the case took place, among others.

The Federal Human Trafficking Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of how the federal system holds traffickers accountable for their exploitative conduct. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or human trafficking cases that are not prosecuted.