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Lax Enforcement and Legal Loopholes Enable Labor Trafficking Victimization (Press Release)
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This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, their forced labor victimization, their attempts to escape and get help, and their efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. The report finds that legal loopholes and lax enforcement enable labor traffickers to commit crimes against workers in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction. Interview and case file data detail the ubiquity of trafficking, which occurs both in plain sight and behind lock and key. Detailed recommendations propose next steps for policy and practice.

Publication Date: October 21, 2014Availability: HTML

Urban Institute Joins Cooperative Effort with the City of Seoul to Advance Research on Social Innovation and Human Development (Press Release)
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Today, the Urban Institute announced a cooperative effort with the City of Seoul, Korea, to advance research on social innovation and human development in Seoul. The effort will launch with a workshop in Seoul to identify key research themes, discuss data and methodological approaches, and outline a research program.

Publication Date: September 24, 2014Availability: HTML

1 in 3 Americans with a Credit File Has Debt Reported in Collections (Press Release)
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Thirty-five percent of adults have a debt in collections reported in their credit files, an Urban Institute study shows. Nevada, hit hard by the housing crisis, tops the list of states: 47 percent of people with a credit file have reported debt in collections. The state also has the highest average collections debt. Twelve other states (11 in the South) and the District of Columbia top 40 percent.

Publication Date: July 29, 2014Availability: HTML

Urban Institute Honors the Legacy of Retiring Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Fleishman (Press Release)
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The Urban Institute salutes the leadership of Joel L. Fleishman, who is retiring as chairman of its board of trustees. The board has selected Vice Chair Jamie Gorelick, a former deputy U.S. attorney general and a partner at the law firm WilmerHale, to succeed Fleishman as chair.

Publication Date: May 22, 2014Availability: HTML

Most Nonprofits Report Federal Funding Cuts and Serious Problems with Government Contracts (Press Release)
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Nearly half of all nonprofit organizations, in 2013, reported a decrease in revenue from federal agencies, and one in five said their experience with federal, state, and local government contracting was worse in 2012 than in previous year, a new Urban Institute study concludes.

Publication Date: May 15, 2014Availability: HTML

New Urban Institute Report Looks at Who Pays for Rape Exams, Finds Some Victims Face Barriers to Getting Help (Press Release)
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The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study aimed to examine how states are meeting these goals. We found victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help. 

Publication Date: May 14, 2014Availability: HTML

Robert Santos Elected V.P. of American Statistical Association (Press Release)
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Urban Institute chief methodologist Robert Santos has been elected a vice president of the American Statistical Association.

Publication Date: May 14, 2014Availability: HTML

Mixed Results from Public Supports for Low-Income, Unemployed Parents (Press Release)
Urban Institute

How effectively do federal supports help children and families, especially low-income ones, during times of parental unemployment? A new report looked for answers by tracking seven programs during the Great Recession and beyond.

Publication Date: May 08, 2014Availability: HTML

For Many State and Local Workers Public Pensions Offer Little Retirement Security, Urban Institute Study Shows (Press Release)
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That shiny retirement nest egg may not be so golden for the nation’s 19 million state and local government workers, an exhaustive Urban Institute analysis of 660 state-administered pension plans shows.

Publication Date: April 30, 2014Availability: HTML

Capitol Hill Economist and Data Visualization Expert Jonathan Schwabish to Join Urban Institute (Press Release)
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Jonathan Schwabish, an economist with the Congressional Budget Office, will join the Urban Institute on May 7 as a senior researcher and data visualization expert. A leading voice calling for clarity and accessibility in research, Schwabish will boost the Institute's capabilities in data visualization and conduct research on older workers, people with disabilities, food security, immigration policy, and microsimulation modeling at Urban's Income and Benefits Policy Center.

Publication Date: April 21, 2014Availability: HTML

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