Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, LMSW, Ph.D.

Founding Executive Director, Center for Combating Human Trafficking, Wichita State University

Karen Countryman-Roswurm, LMSW, PhD, 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, and operating from a strengths-based feminist and social justice perspective, she has served locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as a street outreach worker, project coordinator for gender-specific programming, therapist, community response organizer, human rights advocate, and public policy developer.

Specifically, she has acted as a forerunner in the Anti-Trafficking Movement by advancing broad-based community awareness, prevention of human trafficking through use of her Lotus Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum, effective identification and intervention strategies through use of her Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking – Risk and Resilience AssessmentTM (DMST-RRA), and methods of trauma-informed direct-practices for multidisciplinary professionals who serve young women and girls who are subjugated to, and/or who have survived, sex trafficking through use of her Lotus Victim to VitalityTM program model. In efforts to assist all 50 states with developing their capacity to prevent and respond to child trafficking under new mandates set forth in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm was invited to share her Lotus Anti-Trafficking Response ModelTM at The National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare in the White House in June 2015.

Dr. Countryman-Roswurm serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University. To learn more about Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm and the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking visit combatinghumantrafficking.org.

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