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October 7, 2011

Modern-day slavery: Lou Douglas lecturer looks at sex trafficking prevention, intervention for minors

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Sex trafficking and minors will be the topic of the second presentation in the fall Lou Douglas Lecture Series on Public Issues at Kansas State University.

Karen Countryman-Roswurm, founder of the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action, will present "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Her lecture is aimed at assisting those who seek to prevent and/or intervene in situations of domestic minor sex trafficking. Lecture attendees will learn about forming a cohesive perspective/paradigm regarding domestic minor sex trafficking, developing an increased level of knowledge and understanding of those involved. They will gain ideas of practical and effective responses to working with youth subjugated to domestic minor sex trafficking and suffering from sustained and extreme forms of trauma.

Countryman-Roswurm is a licensed master social worker with more than 14 years of experience serving young people. Beginning her career at the Wichita Children’s Home as a street outreach worker, she has since worked locally, regionally and nationally as an individual, family and group therapist; a founder and coordinator of youth programs; a researcher; a community organizer; and a human rights advocate.

In her role as the founder/coordinator of the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action, Countryman-Roswurm coordinates multidisciplinary collaborative efforts to prevent, intervene in and reduce domestic minor sex trafficking. Since 2006, she has traveled the country facilitating hundreds of trainings to assist providers in identifying and serving domestic minor sex trafficking survivors.

Countryman-Roswurm is currently a community psychology doctoral candidate and an instructor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University.

The Lou Douglas Lecture Series is dedicated to Lou Douglas, a distinguished professor of political science at K-State from 1949 until 1977. Douglas was widely known for his power to inspire students, faculty and citizens to instigate change. He was also one of the founders of UFM Community Learning Center. After his death in 1979 UFM began the lecture series to honor him. More information is available at http://www.tryufm.org.

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