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What we know about human trafficking

Release date: August 22, 2022

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz joins us for this episode. Dominique is the Founder and Director of Arizona State University’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research and the Clinical Director of Phoenix Starfish Place, a Federally funded supportive housing program for sex trafficked women and their children. Dominique has devoted her professional life to the heartbreaking topics of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and there is nobody I trust more to educate you about them. More information about Dominique and links to some of the resources she mentions can be found below.

Biography of Dominique Roe-Sepowitz

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, Ph.D., is a social scientist focused on developing innovative and impactful research on emerging social issues, especially those affecting girls and women. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods exploring relationship dynamics, the impact of trauma, and intervention development. She is an Associate Professor at the ASU of Social Work and the founder and director of the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research. In 2018, Dr. Roe-Sepowitz presented a TedX entitled Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking Next Door. She leads numerous initiatives working with community partners including law enforcement, social service providers, and survivor support organizations. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz is the Clinical Director of Phoenix Starfish Place, a HUD funded supportive permanent housing program for sex trafficking women and their children. She is the Principal Investigator on a numerous state and federal grants and is a Co-Principal Investigator on a five-year NSF Grant exploring illicit networks that facilitate human trafficking. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz is on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Trafficking and has more than 40 peer review publications. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz was interviewed in the 2019 PBS Frontline documentary Sex Trafficking in America. Dominique has been twice invited to the White House (under the Obama administration) to participate in national gatherings of policy-makers/advocacy groups/researchers on combatting human trafficking. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz was selected for a 2022 summer workshop by Tel Aviv University, Israel as an international expert on child sex trafficking and she works on projects with CREA at the University of Barcelona, Spain.


Dominique Roe-Sepowitz

ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research





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