In the United States of America (US), investments by federal agencies in anti-human trafficking solutions totaled $881 million from 2003-2011. We analyzed US anti-trafficking project descriptions to segment projects into granular categories based on their investment objectives. First, based on our qualitative assessment of the project descriptions, we classified the types of projects into six main categories: (1) advocacy, (2) prevention, (3) protection, (4) research, (5) resource, (6) rule of law, and (7) victim support services. Second, we aggregated US anti-trafficking aid obligations to yearly totals at the country level. The below figures display the types of projects funded by the US government to combat human trafficking over time. The pie charts depict the total amount awarded to a country, and the composition of the pie chart reflects aid investments by project type. The countries receiving aid are filled in according to their ranking on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (for more information about the index, see previous post: US Funding + Rule of Law + Corruption Perception Index) using a red-green gradient scale. As one can infer from the figure, there is a noticeable change over the years in the types of projects funded. For instance, in 2003, countries received more funding towards prevention and victim support projects. In 2011, in contrast, countries received more funding towards provision of resources and advocacy projects. As a first step, we provide a glimpse into the types of projects funded by US government. However, further research is needed to evaluate the impact of different types of investments, areas for improvement, and associated costs to better guide coordination efforts to combat trafficking at the international, regional, and national levels.
The figures were created using Tableau.