In the Human Trafficking & Vulnerable Population Research Lab, our scientific efforts are devoted to empirical investigations of marginalized people. We focus on bio-ecological developmental processes—with emphasis on how the results of our research can help improve the quality and well-being of at-risk populations. Although sex trafficking survivors forms the basis of Dr. Dalla’s research, her students’ unique interests (e.g., adult children of exotic dancers, education of migrant children) extend to additional vulnerable populations.
Dr. Dalla's Human Trafficking Work
Divided into four sections, the International Handbook of Human Trafficking: A Multi-Disciplinary and Applied Approach offers the reader a comprehensive and fresh approach to anti-trafficking scholarship and efforts via: (a) in-depth analyses and opportunities for application (through case studies, critical thinking questions, and supplemental learning materials); (b) multidisciplinary linkages, with disciplinary overlap across each of the four sections acknowledged and highlighted; and (c) content experts representing multiple segments of society (academia, government, foundation, law enforcement, and practice) and global vantage points (Australia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States).
Written by expert scholars, service providers, policy analysts, and healthcare professionals, this Handbook is an invaluable resource for those already working in the field, as well as for students in any discipline who want to learn (or learn more) about HT and modern-day slavery.
Kennedy, H. R., & Dalla, R. L., & Dreesman, S. (2018). "We are two of the lucky ones": Experiences with marriage and family well-being for married same sex couples. Journal of Homosexuality, Special Issue, LGBTQ Families, 65(9), 104-118. DOI: 10.1111/fare.12347
Taylor, S., Calkins, C. A., Xia, Y., & Dalla, R. L. (2017). Adolescent perceptions of dating violence: A qualitative study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(21), 1-21
Dalla, R. L., & Kreimer, L. (2017). “After your honor is gone…” Exploration of developmental trajectories and life experiences of women working in Mumbai’s red-light brothel districts. Sexuality & Culture, 21(1), 163-186. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-016-9388-4
Dalla, R. L., *DeLeón, J. G., *Stuhmer, T., & *Léon, M. (2010). Rural community longevity: Capitalizing on diversity for immigrant residential stability. The Business Journal of Hispanic Research, 4(1), 43-55.
Dalla, R. L., *MoulikGupta, P., Lopez, W., & Jones, V. (2006). “It’s a balancing act!”: An exploration of the school/work/family interface among rural Nebraska, bilingual para-professional educators. Family Relations (Special Collection: Working with Latino Families in the United States), 55, 390-402. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00410
Carter, D. J., & Dalla, R. L. (2006). Application of transactional analysis: Street-level prostituted women as mental health care clients. Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 13(1), 95-119. DOI: 10.1080/10720160600586424
Dalla, R. L., Lopez, W., Jones, V., & Xia, Y. (2006). Individual and familial stressors among rural Nebraskan, bilingual paraprofessional educators. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 5(2), 127-141. DOI: 10.1177/1538192705285
Dalla, R. L., *Ellis, A., & Cramer, S. C. (2005). Immigration & Rural America: Latinos’ perceptions of work and residence in three meat-packing communities. Community, Work & Family, 8(2), 163-185. DOI:10.1080/1366880050004963
Dalla, R. L., & *Christensen, A. (2005). Latino immigrants describe residence in rural Midwestern meat-packing communities: A longitudinal assessment of social and economic change. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 27(1), 23-42. DOI: 10.1177/0739986304272354
Dalla, R. L., Villarruel, F., Cramer, S., & Gonzalez-Kruger, G. (2004). Rural community change, strengths, and challenges: Long-term residents describe impacts of rapid immigration. Great Plains Research / Special Issue– New Immigrants in the Great Plains: Strengths and Challenges, 14 (2), 231-252.
DeFrain, J., Dalla, R. L., Abbott, D. A., & Johnson, J. (2004). We welcome the new immigrants. In DeFrain, J., Dalla, R., L., Abbott, D. A., & Johnson, J. (Eds.), Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences, 14(2), 335-346.
Dalla, R. L. (2003). When the bough breaks: Examining intergenerational parent-child relationship patterns among street-level sex-workers & their parents & children. Applied Developmental Science, 7(4), 216-228. DOI: 10.1207/S1532480XADS0704_1
I am privileged to be the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Human Trafficking (JHT)—a quarterly, peer-reviewed and international journal published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis!
Our inaugural issued debuted March, 2015 and was founded on the principle belief that the generation, dissemination and application of new knowledge is fundamental to the eradication of human trafficking and allied forms of slavery.
JHT was envisioned as: (1) a repository for innovative and applied knowledge on all aspects of human trafficking and modern-day slavery; (2) a centralized resource for academics, scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and students alike seeking the latest empirical discoveries and field-tested “best practices”; (3) a bridge in the chasm between theory, applied research, and practice; and (4) a platform from which to contemplate the power and impact of multidisciplinary perspectives.
Since its inaugural issue, JHT has experienced significant growth and success. Today, it is considered THE quintessential resource for cutting-edge scholarship, innovative inquiry, and pioneering practice necessary to advance the anti-trafficking movement.