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Dr. Meredith Dank, Office for the Advancement of Research

Meredith Dank is a Research Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  A well-known authority on the topic of Human Trafficking, Dr. Dank has conducted research in eight countries and has taken part in an Obama White House stakeholder meeting on victim services for survivors.At John Jay, she is Principal Investigator on the following projects:·    National Institute of Justice via Northeastern University – Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization through Crime Reporting·    National Institute of Justice via The Urban Institute – Exploratory Research into the Intersection of Forced Marriage, Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence·    National Institute of Justice via Rutgers University – Rutgers Violence Against Women Consortium·    Bureau of Justice Assistance via the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Enhancing Law Enforcement Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Operations·    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via The Urban Institute – Intersection of Domestic Human Trafficking with Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs·    Freedom Fund via San Diego State University – Measuring Modern Slavery in the Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: Prevalence and Characteristics

Prior to joining John Jay, Dr. Dank spent seven years as a researcher with the Urban Institute, a Washington DC-based think tank that carries out economic and social policy research. At Urban Institute, she served as Principal investigator on several studies overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State, including one that estimated the size and structure of the underground commercial sex economy in the United States, and another that examined the experiences of LGBTQ youth and young men who have sex with men engaged in the commercial sex market.  She also teamed with the New York Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project (LASEIP) where she documented the experiences of individuals who have been engaged in commercial sex and arrested on prostitution-related charges.

As a recognized expert on Human Trafficking, Dr. Dank has been interviewed by local and national news media such as The PBS News Hour, and her research has been quoted by more than 400 online, print, and television news outlets - including The Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor and Al-Jazeera America.

In 2011, Dr. Dank authored her first book, The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City. Over the course of the last nine years, she has authored and/or co-authored more than 30 government reports and published 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

 An active member of the American Society of Criminology, Dr. Dank holds a PhD in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York Graduate Center as well as a master’s degree of philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center.