Alene Moris Women’s Center


How the nation-wide fight against human trafficking began with a grassroots movement in Washington State

Chetanya Robinson

Article on how State Representative Velma Veloria, Dr. Sutapa Basu, Executive Director of the UW Women’s Center, and Emma Catague, Community Organizing Program Manager at Asian & Pacific Islander (API) CHAYA led a movement against human trafficking that helped forge nationwide laws to protect victims.


The UW Women’s Center provides research and recommendations to the Washington state legislature on human trafficking in the state

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Johnna E White

Excerpt from the 2017 Human Trafficking and Supply Chains, Recommendations to Reduce Human Trafficking in Local and Global Supply Chains for the Washington State legislature.  Dr. Basu, executive director of the University of Washington Women’s Center, continues to advocate for stronger state policies addressing human trafficking violations in Washington. This excerpt includes key findings and recommendations to the state.

The report was made possible through support provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce, as required by Washington Law 2015 3rd special session c. 4 s. 36 (ESSB 6052).


Opinion: Washington must implement policies to protect foreign wives from their abusers

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Johnna E White

Opinion piece on the commonalities of abused and exploited  foreign wives and human trafficking; a prevalent and growing crisis in the state of Washington, rooted in power imbalances and misogynistic ideologies. It discusses the urgency to implement policies to protect foreign wives from their abusers, by providing resources to help them leave without putting them even more at risk.


Human Trafficking and Supply Chains: Recommendations to Reduce Human Trafficking in Local and Global Supply Chains

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Johnna E White

Comprehensive report to the Washington State Legislature that outlines the way in which complex supply chains facilitate human trafficking and forced labor. The report includes specific examples to highlight the role that governments and corporations play in (anti) human trafficking movement.  Authors offer targeted recommendations to reduce/eliminate human trafficking in supply chains through public procurement policy, corporate responsibility, farm labor recruitment and more.

Funded by Department of Commerce, as required by the 2015 special session budget.


Human Trafficking & Supply Chains Report Fact Sheet 2017

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Johnna E White

Executive Summary of the Supply Chains and Human Trafficking: How Washington Can Reduce Human Trafficking from Local and Global Supply Chains report.


Human Trafficking and Healthcare: Fact Sheet

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Johnna E White

Informed by survivors of human trafficking, direct service providers, community-centered healers, advocates, and experts, this tool shares knowledge to increase awareness of human trafficking, to identify victims seen in healthcare settings, and to respond appropriately. This tool provides specific warning signs and questions that providers can ask if they are concerned that a patient has been trafficked.   


How to Engage Health Care Providers in the Identification of and Response to Human Trafficking

Johnna E White (MPA Degree Project)

Comprehensive report that outlines example of human trafficking cases presented in healthcare settings and the of role healthcare professional in victim/survivor identification and response.  The report offers recommendations for hospital administration and healthcare educators to engage the healthcare community in victim identification and create a protocol for providing resources to human trafficking victims seen in healthcare centers.


King County and Washington State as a Destination for International Trafficking:  Assessing the Local Needs and Framing Survivor-Centered Responses

Sutapa Basu, PhD and Norma Timbang

Descriptive research project was to: 1) gather background information on human trafficking in King and Pierce County and 2) identify gaps in the counties’ systems of response to trafficking.


From International Supply Chains to Local Consumption: Eliminating Labor Trafficking from all Companies in Washington State

Ana Alice Block, Emma Vielbig, Amela Zukic, Helena Koval, Zara Pollack, Irene Situ, Westley Rachko, Akhmed Shukurov, Lissan Tibebe, Rocío Nureña, Sydney Victor, Margaret Montgomery, Kate Burns, Mengwei Cindy Zhang, Alison Forsyth, Sarah Priddy

This report, written by students in the 2015 University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies Task Force, outlines the underlying economic forces that facilitate human trafficking and forced labor, including globalization and complex supply chains. The report outline a specific set of recommendations targeted to Washington State to eliminate human trafficking.