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.
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.
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This research is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Northeastern Research Team
Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab
Professor Amy Farrell’s research is aimed at understanding and describing how the criminal justice system administers justice. Over the past decade she has focused much of her scholarly attention on understanding how the criminal justice system respo…
Criminology and Justice Policy, JD/PhD
Chase Childress is a joint J.D./Ph.D. student in Northeastern University’s School of Law and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Both his criminology research and law study focus on reducing the harms of the mass carceral and mass depor…
Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS
Criminal Justice, BS
Arabic, Undergraduate Minor
For over ten years, Ciara Tenney has known she wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice. Taking undergraduate and graduate courses at Northeastern reinforced her passion for the subject and its potential for reform. …
Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Stephen Abeyta is a doctoral student at Northeastern University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He holds a B.A. in sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he was involved in a qua…