This report was researched by Martina E. Vandenberg, Europe researcher with the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and Kathleen Peratis, chair of the Women's Rights Division Advisory Committee. Martina Vandenberg wrote the report, which was reviewed by LaShawn R. Jefferson, executive director of the Women's Rights Division; Susan Osnos, a consultant to Human Rights Watch; Bogdan Ivanisevic, Balkans researcher for the Europe and Central Asia Division; Joanna Weschler, Human Rights Watch's U.N. representative; Lois Whitman, executive director of the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch; Jim Ross, senior legal adviser; Ian Gorvin, a consultant to the Human Rights Watch Program Office; and Malcolm Smart, then program director of Human Rights Watch. Research assistance was provided by Boris Mrkela, a consultant to Human Rights Watch, and Olivera Simic, a Network of East West Women legal fellow with the Women's Rights Division. Invaluable legal research was contributed by Anne Moore, who also wrote the sub-chapter on immunity and the Dayton Agreement. Sabina Zunic, an intern with the Women's Rights Division, provided valuable translation assistance. Veronika Szente Goldston provided invaluable assistance with the recommendations. Smita Varia, Patrick Minges, Fitzroy Hepkins, and Natalie Rainer provided production assistance.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank all of the women who had the courage to speak about their experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, Human Rights Watch would like to thank Mara Radovanovic, director, and all the dedicated staff members of the nongovernmental organization Lara in Bijeljina for their willingness to share information and their courageous commitment to protecting the human rights of all trafficking victims. Thanks also to the IPTF human rights monitors and internal affairs investigators who shared their concerns about trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina with us. We would like to extend particular thanks to Madeleine Rees, representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sarajevo, for her invaluable assistance. In addition, Human Rights Watch thanks Celhia De Lavarene, director of STOP; Alun Roberts, UNMIBH public affairs spokesperson for Banja Luka and Bihac Regions; the UNMIBH IPTF STOP team at U.N. regional headquarters, Banja Luka; Carmen Butler; and Andrew Boname of ABA CEELI for his assistance on relevant legal matters.
The Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges the support of Kathleen Peratis and Richard Frank, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Moriah Fund, the Oak Foundation, the Streisand Foundation, and the members of the Advisory Committee of the Women's Rights Division.