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Tracking Human Traffic

Dana Wittmer Receives $180,983 Grant From USAID

Tracking Human Traffic

Dana Wittmer, assistant professor of political science at Colorado College, recently received a USAID grant to conduct research on human trafficking in Moldova and Ukraine. Wittmer, along with collaborators at Texas Christian University and Northeastern University, received an 18-month, $180,983 grant for the research project, which is aimed at helping USAID more effectively combat global human trafficking.

Wittmer and her colleagues will administer a public opinion survey to 2,000 participants in Moldova and Ukraine to understand local perspectives on human trafficking. This methodology will not only allow the researchers to assess what the public currently knows about human trafficking, but also how to frame media messages so as to continue to reduce both the supply and demand for human trafficking.

Wittmer, who joined Colorado College in 2011, studies American politics, with specific interests in gender and politics, human trafficking, public policy, and public opinion. The USAID project builds on current work that she is doing regarding public opinion on human trafficking in the United States.

“It is wonderful, and not surprising, to see our faculty working on important issues,” said CC President Jill Tiefenthaler.

For more on Wittmer’s research interests, go to:
http://personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~dwittmer/Research.html