Donna M. Hughes, Ph.D.

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Donna M. Hughes is a leading international researcher on human trafficking. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea. She does research and writing on women’s rights. Her topic areas include violence, slavery, sexual exploitation, Islamic fundamentalism, and women’s organized resistance to violence and exploitation. She has also worked on issues related to women, science, and technology.

Hughes is frequently consulted by governments and non-governmental organizations on policies related to women’s human rights, particularly on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation. She has testified before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Moscow Duma, and the Czech Parliament.

Her research has been supported by the U.S. State Department, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the International Organization for Migration, the Council of Europe, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the University of Rhode Island Council for Research, and the University of Bradford, UK.

Hughes is the editor in chief of the online periodical Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence.