Current Projects, Research and Areas of Interest (2019-present)

An Examination of Substance Use and Healthcare Experiences of Sex Trafficking Survivors in Ohio

The purpose of this study is to examine the drug use patterns of sex trafficking survivors from the perspective of the victim-turned survivor, an adult relative of hers and substance use providers in Ohio. [For the purposes of this research, the terms “trafficking victim” and “trafficking survivor” will be used interchangeably based on the context. Typically, victims do not identify as victims or survivors until after going through treatment.]

Primary Aims

  • AIM 1:  Examine the history and patterns of substance use among White sex trafficking survivors and sex trafficking survivors of color
  • AIM 2: Examine the impact of sex trafficking and substance use on a biological relative of a sex trafficking victim
  • AIM 3: Explore social service providers’ experiences working with sex trafficking survivors

Secondary Aims

  • AIM4: Explore the relationship between violence and sex trafficking among survivors of sex trafficking
  • AIM5: Understand the utilization of substance use services among sex trafficking survivors

[This project is funded by the College of Social Work, The Ohio State University.]

Leadership and Public Speaking Institute Evaluation Research Project

Ten women who have been sex trafficked and now serve in leadership roles in the anti-trafficking movement will be taught leadership skills and public speaking methods in a one-day Institute. Sex trafficking survivors who were interviewed in March 2019 (FCOB grant funded) indicated that improved leadership skills and public speaking abilities were needed. Specific criteria for inclusion in the current study include: 1) must have met the criteria for a sex trafficking victim at some point; and 2) must be currently engaged in a leadership role in the anti-trafficking movement in some capacity. The purpose of this project is to offer and evaluate a Leadership and Public Speaking Institute.

  • AIM 1) Improve leadership capacity of sex trafficking survivors
  • AIM 2) Improve public speaking capabilities of sex trafficking survivors
  • AIM 3) Evaluate the effectiveness of a Leadership and Public Speaking Institute

Sex trafficking survivors who are anti-trafficking leaders will be invited to:

  1. Complete the Demographic Scale.
  2. Complete the Essential Behavioral Leadership Qualities Scale.
  3. Complete a baseline pre-institute survey.
  4. Attend an 8-hour leadership and public speaking institute.
  5. Complete a post-institute survey.

The expected outcome is an improved score between the pre- and post-Institute surveys.

[This project is funded by the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.]

Select Past Projects

  • Examination of Human Trafficking Victims Who are Now Survivors and Leaders [This project was funded by the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.]
  • Examination of Nepali Migrants Who are Labor Trafficked in Portugal on Red Berry Farms [This project was funded by the Uniaudax-Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE-IUL in Lisboa, Portugal.]
  • Fishermen in Ghana as Trafficked Persons or Laborers? [This project was funded by the College of Social Work, The Ohio State University.]