FacultyFaculty/Author Profile

Dr. Meredith Dank

Urban Institute
Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center
Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Meredith Dank is a senior researcher at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. Her areas of focus include the commercial sex economy, human trafficking, teen dating violence, LGBTQ issues, and victimization. She served as principal investigator on two studies overseen by the Department of Justice (DOJ). One estimated the size and structure of the underground commercial sex economy in the United States, and the other examined the experiences of LGBTQ youth and young men who have sex with men (YMSM) engaged in the commercial sex market.

An expert in human trafficking, Dr. Dank has conducted research in eight countries and took part in a White House stakeholder meeting on victim services for survivors. She has worked to identify challenges in the investigation and prosecution of state and local human trafficking cases and to assess the evaluability of anti-trafficking programs in Cambodia, Sierra Leone and the Philippines. She served as co-principal investigator on three studies overseen by the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and a DOJ project that examines the organization of forced labor trafficking and the stages of victimization.  Dr. Dank was also a co-PI in an NIJ study that looked at how young people use technology and social media to perpetrate dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

She holds a Ph. D. in criminal justice from John Jay College, and divides her time between Washington, D.C. and New York. She is the author of The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (LFB Publishing, 2011).

  • twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • RSS

All Contents Copyright © 1996-2019 Practising Law Institute. Continuing Legal Education since 1933.

© 2019 PLI PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE. All rights reserved. The PLI logo is a service mark of PLI.