This committee is charged with reviewing strategies to collect statewide data to enable policymakers and law enforcement to assess progress in their efforts to tackle this growing problem.
2021 Committee Reports
The Committee began the year focusing on how to best analyze and utilize a set of data collected from service providers in Southeast Michigan who had provided services to victims and survivors of human trafficking from 2015 – 2019. The Subcommittee’s goal in reviewing the data is to determine how this information may be used to meaningfully improve services to survivors. The Salvation Army has served as the data hub for reports from these service providers, due to the Salvation Army’s receipt of a federal grant. The analysis of this data has proved challenging due to lack of consistency or incompleteness in the reporting.
Review of that data led the Committee to conclude that there is a need to concisely identify and create a standardized data reporting framework specifically for victim services providers with categories for victim typology and services provided. The goal of this project is to identify for providers the types of data which should be tracked. Once the data set is identified, the Committee will begin collecting data from service providers across the state to provide a periodic snapshot of trends in human trafficking victimization and service provision across Michigan. Ultimately, the Committee intends to publish this data on the Commission’s webpage as a valuable resource, especially for organizations applying for grants and crafting policy and legislation.
The Committee has completed a draft document defining the victim typology and service list, drawing from definitions found in federal grant reporting requirements for human trafficking service providers. To help validate terms and categories used in the document and understand data collection methods currently used by service providers, the Committee has begun the process of obtaining input from a diverse group of providers from across the state.
Additional data was gathered by the Policy and Legislation Committee seeking data in support of pending legislation proposing to overhaul the penal code’s approach to prostitution. To that end, the Policy and Legislative Committee has collected state-wide data on prostitution arrests and charges over the past decade from the Michigan Incident Crime Reporting database maintained by the Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. The Committee will work to identify a partnership with an academic institution to assist in reviewing and analyzing the collected data.