Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute

Celia Williamson at HTSJ Conference

"The Institute shares in a long history of serving the University's mission of 'Improving the Human Condition.' We are proud to accomplish that mission through research, teaching, and service in ways that bring about emancipation and liberation to our community and the world's most vulnerable people." - Celia Williamson, Ph.D. 


The Mission of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is to respond to human trafficking and social justice through teaching, research, and collaborative engagement.


With a local to global international reputation, the Institute is a leader in the development and growth of quality and relevant research, a premiere education, innovative and evidence-based programming, and effective community-wide engagement collaboration.

International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference

The I.H.T.S.J.C. is the oldest and largest academic conference on human trafficking. Over the past 18 years, we have welcomed thousands of attendees from 50 states and 40 countries. The I.H.T.S.J.C. unites the global community to learn, connect, and collaborate to combat human trafficking and promote social justice.

P.A.T.H. Program

Partners Against Trafficking in Humans (P.A.T.H.) addresses barriers and gaps in direct service coordination for victims of human trafficking and to improve service delivery. P.A.T.H. provides a continuum of care, moving victims to survivors and survivors to become thrivers.


The Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars (G.A.H.T.S.) responds to human trafficking by moving the knowledge base forward. Our association provides resources and career-advancing opportunities related to human trafficking work. 

F.o.c.u.s. on Runaways Project

F.O.C.U.S. on Runaways Project is a collaborative program to locate and provide services to runaway youth and their families to prevent sex trafficking and drug addiction in Lucas County.


Healthy Start (H.S.) focuses on increasing access to care for women and families and improving birth outcomes for women of childbearing age. Getting Healthy Zone (G.H.Z.) aims to improve infant vitality in seven urban Toledo census tracts through home visitation services and neighborhood improvement.

F.R.E.E. Program

F.R.E.E. Program (Foundation, Readiness, Education, Employment) provides educational scholarships and employment opportunities for local and non-local survivors of human trafficking.

Prevention Curriculum

Human Trafficking Prevention Curriculum is designed to train social service professionals to implement strategies for youth at-risk for human trafficking.

Youth Pages

Youth Pages Toledo is a grant-funded website that provides University of Toledo students and youth in the Lucas County area with local resources and linkages to meet various needs.

D.a.r.t. comprehensive evaluation

The evaluation of the Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.) consists of providing continuous quality improvement to programming aimed at preventing drug abuse and providing education to the community. 

Last Updated: 4/14/23