Kristina Lugo-Graulich, PhD

Kristina Lugo-Graulich, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Justice Research and Statistics Association, Washington, DC


Kristina Lugo Graulich joined the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) in January 2017 as a Research Associate and served as Principal Investigator (PI) on Prosecuting Trafficking in Persons Cases: An Analysis of Local Strategies and Approaches and as co-PI on Estimating the Financial Costs of Victimization. She currently serves as PI on Indicators of Sex Trafficking in On-Line Escort Ads and What Constitutes Success? Evaluating Legal Services for Victims of Crime, all funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and she also leads project work on the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)-funded Measures of Success project and the NIJ-funded Project Safe Neighborhoods evaluation. Prior to JRSA, Dr. Lugo Graulich was a Senior Criminal Justice Research Associate at CSR, Incorporated, where she managed the Performance Measurement Tool for the Office for Victims of Crime, a Research Assistant for the Program on Transnational Issues with NIJ, and a hotline advocate with the National Human Trafficking Hotline at Polaris. She has worked on diverse research projects, including the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, organized crime challenges in the Dutch Caribbean, and numerous projects related to human trafficking and violent extremism. She earned her Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in 2016 and her Master’s in Public Administration degree from Georgia State University in 2011.