Interdisciplinary Research Grant to Disrupt Human Trafficking Networks

Thomas Sharkey, Associate Professor, is part of a team that has received a National Science Foundation grant to construct network models of human trafficking networks, with the goal of effectively disrupting them.  The interdisciplinary team will seek to integrate methods from the social sciences and operations research (OR) in order to capture the most salient features of sex trafficking networks and identify significant gaps in the interdiction literature that limits its applicability to disrupting these types of illicit networks.    

 More details about the award can be found at:


 The NSF press release about their investments into a set of projects to disrupt illicit supply networks can be found at: