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How Supply Chains Break: Coordinated Interdiction for Catastrophic Disruption of Illicit Supply Networks

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Project Summary:

In this project, Professors Kayse Maass, Amy Farrell, and Shawn Bhimani are developing a new framework of catastrophically disrupting human trafficking through its supply chain vulnerabilities. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws on supply chain management, criminal justice, and operations engineering, the research team is providing a new method for stakeholders to effectively reduce the number of victims in labor trafficking recruitment-to-exploitation supply chains.

Project Description:

The research team is using supply chain vulnerability theory as a framework to identify key vulnerabilities in labor trafficking supply networks and assess the impact of coordinated network interdiction models to disrupt such illicit supply networks. The research team collects data from federally prosecuted labor trafficking cases in the agricultural sector to apply node-arc supply chain structures to labor trafficking typologies, quantify network optimization input parameters, and test the impact of multi-agent coordinated network interdiction models on catastrophic supply chain disruption.

Funders and Partners

This research is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Northeastern Research Team

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