When human trafficking survivors work as “informants and advocates,” they keep systems trying to end this horrific crime honest and open to receiving new input. Grassroots approaches can inform many of the systems survivors pass through to improve or add to policies and procedures. Survivors can reveal new dynamics of transnational criminal networks and the development of new indicators and typologies in several systems. The systems discussed in this chapter will highlight the benefits and barriers to approaching an anti-trafficking agenda through a systems theory lens. The authors suggest ways to amend the limitations of these current systems by utilizing existing grassroots methodologies more widely, such as the national referral mechanism (NRM) for human trafficking survivors and other qualitative tools in fieldwork settings.
Bentch, Christina S. and Gordon A. Crews. "Grassroots Approach of Embracing Survivors to Inform the Fight Against Human Trafficking." Handbook of Research on Present and Future Paradigms in Human Trafficking, edited by Essien D. Essien, IGI Global, 2022, pp. 402-427. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9282-3.ch026
Handbook of Research on Present and Future Paradigms in Human Trafficking