Ieke de Vries received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University. Her research interests include human trafficking, digital opportunities for crime, victimization, place and networks. Dr. de Vries specializes in how new forms of data and computational social science methods help with understanding these types of crime and deviancy problems. She combines qualitative, quantitative, and computational techniques to analyze the mechanisms that drive human trafficking and related crime problems. ​Her published work has appeared in journals such as Criminology & Public Policy, British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Psychology of Violence, Child Maltreatment, and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. In 2019, de Vries was awarded the College of Social Science and Humanities Teaching Award at Northeastern University ​and in 2018 she received the Graduate Research Fellowship of the National Institute of Justice.

Research Interests

Spatial and Social Context of Crime and Deviancy | Crime Victimization | Crime Responses | Human Trafficking


Ph.D. 2020, Northeastern University; Criminology and Justice Policy

M.A. 2011, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Conflict Studies and Human Rights

B.S. 2010, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, minor in Conflict Analysis and Management


Crime in Public Space and Online Domains: Commercial Sex and Sex Trafficking in Massage Businesses. National Institute of Justice (#2018-R2-CX-0005). $32,000.

Selected Publications

De Vries, Ieke, Matthew Kafafian*, Kelly Goggin*, Elizabeth Bouchard, Susan Goldfarb, Amy Farrell. 2019. Predictive regularization models to enhance the identification of commercial sexual exploitation among high-risk youth. Child Maltreatment 25(3): 318-327. doi/10.1177/1077559519889178.

De Vries, Ieke, Amy Farrell, Vanessa Bouché, and Dana Wittmer. 2020. Crime Frames and gender differences in the activation of crime concern and crime responses. Journal of Criminal Justice 66.

De Vries, Ieke. 2019. Connected to crime: An exploration of the nesting of labor trafficking in legitimate markets. The British Journal of Criminology 59 (1): 209-230. doi: 10.1093/bjc/azy019.

Farrell, Amy, Meredith Dank, Ieke de Vries, Matthew Kafafian, Andrea Hughes, and Sarah Lockwood. 2019. Failing Victims? Challenges of the Police Response to Human Trafficking Criminology and Public Policy. doi: 10.11111/1745-9133.12456.

De Vries, Ieke and Kelly Goggin*. 2018. The impact of childhood abuse on the commercial sexual exploitation of youth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. doi: 10.1177/1524838018801332.