Human Trafficking: How Does New Mexico Measure Up?

THTI News:

New Mexico ranks 23rd in the United States in 2019 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts.

The state had eight active criminal cases. Federal prosecutors charged two new criminal cases, ranking New Mexico 22nd in the United States for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases.

In 2019, federal courts convicted two defendants in criminal human trafficking cases, ranking New Mexico 35th in the nation for the number of defendants convicted.

Federal courts ordered one out of one convicted defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s), ranking New Mexico 1st in the nation for percentage of defendants ordered to pay restitution.

This data is pulled from the 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report, an annual publication of the Human Trafficking Institute that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year.

The Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of how the federal system holds traffickers accountable for their exploitative conduct. 

The full 2019 Report can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in speaking with one of the Report creators, or gaining additional data information, please click here to complete an interview request form.

This year’s Report team includes: 

  • Lindsey Roberson, Senior Legal Counsel, former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, editor of the Federal Human Trafficking Report;
  • Kyleigh Feehs, Associate Legal Counsel, co-author of the Federal Human Trafficking Report; and
  • Alyssa Currier, Associate Legal Counsel, co-author of the Federal Human Trafficking Report.

 As you work on other stories related to human trafficking, please know our Institute team is available as a resource to you to speak on a variety of trafficking-related topics.

Our team is composed of subject matters experts and full-time attorneys living and working in our partner countries, and team members with work experience at the U.S. Department of Justice, White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State.

  • Victor Boutros, Chief Executive Officer, former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, and co-author of The Locust Effect
  • Special Counsel Tyler Dunman, works closely with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Belize and resides in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Annick Febrey, Director of Government and Corporate Relations, expertise in labor trafficking and supply chains
  • Special Counsel Dave Fillingame, works closely with the Judiciary and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Belize
  • Marie Martinez Israelite, Director of Victim Services, former Chief of the Victim Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations
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