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About Us

An Introduction from Ali and Mona

For us, 2012 marks the beginning of an independent research project on human trafficking in the U.S.

‘Traffic In Our Streets’ was developed out of an interest to get to the root of human trafficking in the U.S. sex trade. However, as we conduct our research, we understand that there is a lack of attention to the many varieties of human trafficking that exist throughout the country. Including labor trafficking, domestic servitude and debt bondage.

There is an attitude among many Americans that these are problems of the developing world. Our work is focused on allowing people in the U.S., and around the world, to understand that human trafficking takes place much closer to home.

We find it essential to make it clear to our followers that human trafficking does not necessarily mean sex trafficking. Therefore, we will be exploring different areas of trafficking throughout our project as opportunities for such research arise.

We are interested in speaking with people on the ground to hear what they feel are the most prevalent issues in the area of human trafficking, so that we may share their opinions in our work and portray the issues appropriately.

We are traveling through the U.S. to regions with reportedly high levels of trafficking. We plan to speak with various agencies, organizations and academics in the field to gain a better understanding of human trafficking throughout the country.

We are researching how government agencies, non governmental organizations, and the media represent these issues. Our research will provide us with a better understanding of what the issues looks like within the U.S., and who it is exactly that is at-risk for being trafficked.

In addition, we are questioning agencies and organizations on the effectiveness of anti-trafficking laws within each state to see what progress or challenges have been seen since the establishment of these laws. We intend to report our findings through blogging, magazine/newspaper articles, as well as the final, formal documentation of our research.

We will identify the social and economic problems resulting in individuals being trafficked, particularly into the sex trade, through force, fraud, or coercion; or provoking individuals, including children, to enter into the sex trade of their own volition.Through identifying these issues we are working to educate others on what we find to be the most substantial problems relating to human trafficking in the U.S.

This blog is a medium for us to spread awareness of the problems. We hope to be a useful source of information about the grave issues of human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world, and bring to light efforts in on-the-ground prevention, rescue and victim care, as well as policy development.

Researcher’s Backgrounds

Mona Sulieman graduated from Indiana State University in May 2011 with a BA in Liberal Studies, a focus on cultural studies and minor in Language: “Having been raised among various nationalities, I was exposed to different societal and economic problems around the world. While my studies followed evident international conflicts and humanitarian issues, I came to understand that some of the gravest issues were closer to home than I had imagined. Human trafficking in the United States is a dire problem, knowledge of this topic and awareness efforts are vital to the fight against it. This awareness has provoked my interest in researching human trafficking in order to work towards a solution. With our research, we will expand our knowledge of the roots of human trafficking, as well as help to educate others and strengthen the fight for basic human rights.”

Ali Wolf graduated from Northeastern University in January 2012 with a BA in International Affairs; minors in Middle East Studies and Arabic; and a focus on human trafficking: “After four and a half years of study, research and work experience focused on various political and humanitarian issues around the world I am excited to begin my chosen career of prevention and awareness of human trafficking. From an early age I was appalled by these issues around the world and inspired by those individuals who had dedicated their lives to ending the sexual exploitation of our youth in whatever region of the world they decided to focus. I recently returned from spending eight months in Thailand working with a non-governmental Thai-run organization (NGO) on the prevention of human trafficking. Through community involvement and extensive research on the issue I also became increasingly aware of the grave issues facing us worldwide, in particular, how this tragedy is just as pervasive in our own backyards. Unfortunately, there is little public awareness in the U.S. of just how extensive the issue is, which is why I am dedicated to this research”

Contact Us

Please contact us with questions, suggestions, or comments on our research project. As we are often on the road, and will be in and out of service areas, email is the quickest way to get ahold of us.

Alexandra Wolf, wolf.alexandra880@gmail.com

Mona Sulieman, mona.sulieman@gmail.com

You can also visit our Facebook Page: Traffic In Our Streets

Discussion

8 thoughts on “About Us

  1. This was an important update. There are too many Americans who do not understand what Human Trafficking is. I didn’t understand it until I read In Our Backyard, written by Nita Belles. I was shocked to learn that these types of activities are taking place right here in our country. If you followers are looking for a book that is easy to read and understand, I recommend this one.

    Posted by Sherry | February 21, 2012, 3:22 pm
  2. Mona and Ali,

    It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday. I look forward to finding out more about what you are finding in your journeys across the U.S.

    I would love to get a contact name for the Indiana group who trained law enforcement about identifying victims prior to the Super Bowl game. We need that kind of training for our law enforcement and perhaps I could get some information from them regarding what they did in their training. Any help would be great!

    Thanks for inviting me to meet with you. If I can be of further assistance, please contact me.

    Posted by Pat McCay | March 2, 2012, 5:23 pm
    • Ms. McCay,

      Thank you so much for your time. We were happy to have been able to meet with you to hear about the work that you and your community are doing to combat human trafficking in Alabama. I hope that you and your family were not harmed by the tornadoes and storms. We ended up leaving Alabama early because of them, so we may be looking to come back at some point to finish our work in the state. If so, we will be sure to contact you.

      In terms of law enforcement trainings prior to the Super Bowl you should contact Abigail Kuzma, Director and Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection of the Indiana Attorney General’s office; Co-Chair of Indiana’s IPATH, anti-human trafficking task force. They put forth an incredible effort to train over 2000 service individuals in preparations for the Super Bowl. She was a great resource for our work and I am sure she would be happy to speak with you about their strategies and trainings.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with!

      Best,
      Ali and Mona

      Posted by Traffic In Our Streets | March 4, 2012, 8:40 am
  3. I am most definitely interested in the research you two have obtained. I am beyond appalled and sickened by this problem and cannot bear to think about children, boys & girls, being forced into sexual human trafficking as young as 3 years of age!!! I have recently heard that India is number one in human trafficking, Brazil second & the U.S. third! I am interested in finding way to help put an end and/or awareness to this horrific problem. I am very interested in hearing all about your research. I think what you two are doing is great and I am even more inspired to find a way for myself to help as well.

    Posted by Melanie | November 26, 2012, 9:10 pm

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