History of the Website
In January and February of 2012, participants in the Many Faces of Human Trafficking Faculty Study Group discussed the prospect of creating a website to serve as “the major online academic resource for human trafficking research.” As envisioned, the website, hosted by Indiana University and affiliated with the Center for the Study of Global Change, would serve as the “first-stop” resource for scholars, researchers, policy makers, the media, and others who are seeking non-partisan and vetted information on the subject of human trafficking.
In Summer and Fall 2012, members of the Faculty Study Group steering committee further honed ideas regarding website design, intended audience, and content. The IU Center for the Study of Global Change graciously funded a work study student as the Group’s web designer and assistant. The IU Russian and East European Institute also contributed to the support of this student.
In Spring 2013, a preliminary version of the website went through a multi-participant usability study directed by Mr. Aaron Zachmeier of the IU Office of Institutional Instruction (School of Education). Suggestions from this study and from staff at the Center for the Study of Global Change were incorporated into the final design of the site.