This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Ph.D., LMSW
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT), Wichita State University
Undoubtedly, our country has seen an influx of anti-trafficking legislation over the last two decades. But what have been the results of such law? How has legislation helped or hindered individuals who have been victimized by and who have survived this form of abuse and exploitation? And how can we work to more intentionally author and implement legislation that is more productive to the larger anti-trafficking movement? Dr. Roswurm will utilize her personal, direct-practice, and research-based experiences to facilitate exploration of such questions. Through the presentation of quantitative data, as well as qualitative case study, she will address the current climate of the anti-trafficking movement. And with contagious passion, Dr. Roswurm will leave participants ready to find their own role in moving past “rescue” to being a true instrument of representation, release, rediscovery, renovation, and redemption.
Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) as well as a professor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University. She has more than two decades of personal, professional practice, and community-based research expertise in the Anti-Trafficking Movement. With various first-hand vantage points, she has served individuals facing multiple forms of “-ism’s,” as well as poverty, neglect, abuse, homelessness, relationship violence, and exploitation, both domestically and internationally. Acting as a street outreach worker, project coordinator for gender-specific programming, therapist, community response organizer, human rights advocate, and public policy developer, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm has acted as a forerunner in the Movement by advancing prevention, intervention, and prosperity-promoting strategies through her Lotus Anti-Trafficking ModelTM. Largely known for her advocacy to reduce the criminalization of young people who have survived commercial sexual exploitation, dearest to her heart are recognitions that reflect her direct-service commitment to survivors including the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, the Inaugural Pat Ayars Mentoring Award, and participation in The National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare in the White House.