Year of Graduation


Document Type



Political Science

Directing Professor

Dr. Courtney F. Chenette, Esq.


The gap between the reality of human trafficking in Virginia and the necessary legislative systems, remedies, and support afforded to victims, is wide. My research arose from my experience navigating this incongruity in Virginia law and its impacts, through a delegate’s office, the office of a United States Senator, and a government relations firm. This research articulates the significant, material legislative initiatives required in Virginia’s human trafficking legislative landscape. In surveying this landscape, this research articulates where incongruences ex-unified language and legislative definitions, exist in key areas. This research addresses the need for expansion on the parameters to which victims of human trafficking are found such as illicit massage parlors, prostitutes, and forced laborers. In order to accomplish this the definition of human trafficking victims must change to be the same across the board so that victims can better be identified as well as receive the services that they need and deserve.