A main goal for Love146 is to be able to restore survivors of child sex slavery and then support them in reintegrating back into a community or with their family. This is a delicate process which is why we research outcomes to inform best practice.
Love146 is currently involved in two research projects to be presented at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking:
BUTTERFLY LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH
This research analyzes the effectiveness of reintegration programs within shelters in Cambodia over a 10-year period. Year 1 of the research resulted in partnerships with nine organizations to evaluate the impact of current aftercare and reintegration programming over the 10 year period. Researchers facilitated peer-group discussions about current aftercare programs with girls and boys, ensured consent forms were signed by participants, and began communication with over 75 female research participants. Year One was completed in 2011.
AFTERCARE REINTEGRATION RESEARCH
The Aftercare Reintegration project is taking place in the Philippines. Phase 1 of this research aimed to devise a tool to measure the success of the reintegration of trafficked survivors. The tool is based on indicators derived from the perceptions of reintegrated children-survivors, families, and communities. Research established the primary indicators to be whether a reintegrated survivor:
- Has their needs met
- Is assured protection
- Feels empowered for the future
Phase 2 of this research aims to determine and ensure the reliability and validity of the tool.
In Phase 3 of the research, the indicators of successful reintegration will be used to implement a program of reintegration for other selected subjects.
At the end of the project, the tool will be used to measure the success of Love146’s reintegration work.
The tool can later be implemented in other settings and in other countries to determine success of reintegration of trafficked survivors. To read more about Phase 1, see the link below.