The San Diego Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable
HT-RADAR is a collaborative research environment for San Diego data analysts, researchers, and other stakeholders who have skills and interests related to human trafficking related research. HT-RADAR was launched by Dr. Jamie Gates from Point Loma Nazarene University / Center for Justice and Reconciliation (PLNU/CJR) and is now a professional network with the following aims:
- To plan strategically across disciplines and universities;
- To share data and data sources;
- To increase research funding for participating members;
- To impact decision-making in the region with quality research related to human trafficking;
- To implement ongoing research (i.e. descriptive, exploratory, and outcome) related to victims, perpetrators, and consumers of human trafficking (including sex and labor trafficking).
In order to accomplish these aims, PLNU/CJR operates a centralized clearinghouse for human trafficking related research in the San Diego region by:
- Aggregating regional human trafficking related research;
- Convening and facilitating collaboration between human trafficking data analysts and researchers working in the region;
- Facilitating the networking between practitioners, data analysts, and researchers;
- Identifying potential human trafficking research funding for researchers studying human trafficking in the region;
- Improving public knowledge of the results of research related to human trafficking across multiple disciplines and sectors through regular
- research updates, and
- an annual research conference.
Jamie Gates, PhD, the former Director of the Center for Justice and Reconciliation, Dr. Gates founded the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC and the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) for SD County. He was the co-researcher on the groundbreaking research that quantified for the first time the nature and scope of sex trafficking in the San Diego region. The Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego County, a study led by Gates and Dr. Ami Carpenter of University of San Diego, was funded by the Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, and provided the first comprehensive look at sex trafficking in San Diego, identifying it as a part of an $810 million underground illicit sex economy and noting, for the first time, the prevalence of recruitment going on in local schools. The research results led to an invitation to develop a prevention curriculum for middle and high school students, and Dr. Gates led the development of kNOw MORE, a drama-based peer-to-peer human trafficking awareness training in San Diego’s middle and high schools. More than 10,000 people have experienced kNOw MORE to date, and the curriculum is a part of the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, a public private partnership that is implementing trafficking prevention across the region.
Bernadette Winter-Villaluz, MSW, joined the CJR in 2016 as the HT-RADAR Research Associate. Bernadette was charged with taking what had been an informal gathering of area researchers and creating a professional network that would grow to be an important nexus for human trafficking related research collaboration in San Diego.
The San Diego County Human Trafficking & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council
The San Diego County County Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council has become a leader in San Diego County’s anti-trafficking work since its establishment in 2011 by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The Advisory Council was created to ‘compliment’ the work of existing agencies and collaborative groups; it was intended, “…to serve as a catalyst toward comprehensive, systemic change addressing human trafficking and CSEC at a county-wide, interdisciplinary level” (San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council. San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Action Statement. 2011). Below is the Advisory Council’s current structure. To learn more about the Advisory Council, please review the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking & CSEC Advisory Council 2014 Report.