THE ART OF STOPPING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
DR. REBECCA PFEFFER
Dr. Pfeffer is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston –Downtown. Her research focuses generally on the victimization of vulnerable populations, including victims with special needs and victims of human trafficking and hate crimes. Her current research focuses on public policies addressing prostitution, both in terms of the buying and selling of sex, and specifically investigates effective law enforcement response to the problem of prostitution.
As a research associate at Northeastern University’s Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research, she managed two National Institute of Justice-funded studies about human trafficking: one about the barriers to the successful identification and
prosecution of human trafficking cases in the United States, and one about the experiences of labor trafficking victims in this country.
She recently completed an assessment of the local response to human trafficking in Houston for the Mayor’s Office and is currentlyworking with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County DistrictAttorney’s Office to better understand the problem of prostitution in the city by collecting more comprehensive data and utilizing it to reframe the law enforcement response.