Professor Timothy Palmbach joined the faculty of the University of New Haven in 2004 and is Chair of the Forensic Science Department.
Professor Palmbach is founder of Center for Forensic Investigation of Trafficking in Persons at UNH. This Center is committed to providing research, training, and investigative assistance to government agencies in the US and abroad. Since 2013 Professor Palmbach has been engaged with the implementation of advanced forensic investigative methods in the war against trafficking in persons (TIP) and related issues such as counter terrorism. He worked in conjunction with non-governmental organizations, government officials, United Nations (UNODC) and US Department of State related to this topic. His international work in this area includes the countries of Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Costa Rica, Poland, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Djibouti, Mexico, and Jordan. In 2018, as Co-PI, a NIJ- FTCOE grant was completed and resulted in a publication and webinar on “Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Human Trafficking Epidmic.” He has worked within the State of CT as a member of Department of Children and Family Services Human Anti Trafficking Team and on a OVC grant awarded to Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. He has published and lectured internationally on this topic. In addition, he has worked in areas involving online sexual exploitation to provide training and engage in active research to further investigative tools.
Throughout his 34-year career Timothy Palmbach has used his expertise in forensic science and investigations for matters of international interest, human rights, and counter terrorism.