Congressional Briefings

We are committed to applying principles of social justice to policy development. To that end, we have worked with our partners to sponsor and participate in Congressional Briefings. Recent topics discussed include human trafficking prevention, the opioid epidemic, and strategies for facilitating evidence-based policy.


Preventing Human Trafficking: Research on How to Stop Human Trafficking Before It Starts

Trafficking BriefingOn November 2, 2017, our policy liaison, Jill McLeigh, presented at this briefing, during which a panel of researchers described (1) conditions that increase a person’s vulnerability to trafficking victimization, (2) community-based strategies that can be tailored to local needs by task forces and key stakeholders (such as law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits), and (3) strategies that have the potential to reduce individual risk of victimization. Additionally, the briefing provided a survivor’s perspective on how her victimization could have been prevented. Access video recordings from the briefing, which was co-sponsored by the Global Alliance, and read the policy brief. 

Facilitating Evidence-Based Policy: Connecting Researchers and Legislative Staff

In October 2016, our Executive Officer, Robin Kimbrough-Melton, was a presenter at this briefing, which focused on resources and strategies to support evidence-based policy. The briefing included a description of the model used in the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) Project as a process for connecting legislative staff and research experts based on legislative priorities and needs. Videos of the briefing and additional information are available on NPSC's website

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic on Multiple Fronts by Leveraging Empirical Evidence

On June 24, 2016, we participated in a briefing in collaboration with the National Prevention Science Coalition and RTI International. Nationally recognized experts discussed research-based evidence for strategies preventing, intervening, and maintaining abstinence from opiate addictions. Learn more by accessing written remarks and videos from the briefing.