Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Edited by Andrea J. Nichols, Tonya Edmond, and Erin C. Heil

Columbia University Press

Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Edited by Andrea J. Nichols, Tonya Edmond, and Erin C. Heil

Columbia University Press

As awareness and identification of sex trafficking and exploitation have grown, so has the need for improved social work responses. In this volume, expert practitioners, survivors, and researchers model the best practices for working with this population, using case examples and illustrative guides. Chapters cover the common challenges of working with trafficked and exploited people and how to overcome them, including topics like runaway youth, trauma-bonds, system-level challenges, and resource scarcity.

Intended as a teaching tool for students or a supplementary manual for organizations, this book emphasizes interventions and treatments, working with specific populations, programmatic design recommendations, preventative work, and outreach interventions. Researchers, students, and practitioners will find a comprehensive guide to the emerging field of practice with sex trafficking and exploitation survivors.
Nichols’s, Edmond’s, and Heil’s comprehensive text successfully navigates the complex politics of sexual exploitation and gives voice to a diverse array of survivors. The inclusion of individual, program-level, and preventive interventions makes this an essential primer for social workers. Andrea Cimino, Johns Hopkins University
This book makes what appears to me to be an important and significant contribution to our knowledge of what services are needed and how they should be provided. The writing is clear, compelling, and easy to follow. Dean Duncan III, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
An invaluable ‘how to’ guide on working with sex trafficking survivors that illuminates the shades of gray within the commercial sex industry. Filled with rich scholarship, this seminal work empowers social service providers to tackle the complexities of sexual exploitation at the practice, program, and policy level. Well done! Julie Orme, Howard University
This book is a much needed resource for understanding sex trafficking in its widest meaning, including the various definitions, experiences, perspectives, and populations of sex trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and sex trade. Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation gives a voice to researchers, practitioners, activists, and survivors. Hasmik Chakaryan, Webster University
Prologue, by Andrea J. Nichols and Erin C. Heil
Part I: Practice Techniques
1. Survivors: A Diverse Community with a Common Body of Knowledge, by Melanie Weaver
2. Identification, Assessment, and Outreach, by Rebecca J. Macy
3. Safety Planning With Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, by Amber Sutton and Abby Howard
4. Change is a Process: Using the Transtheoretical Model with Commercially Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth and Adults, by Rachel Lloyd
5. Evidence Based Trauma-Treatments for Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, by Tonya Edmond
6. Client Centered Harm Reduction, Commercial Sex, and Trafficking: Implications for Rights Based Social Work Practice, by Kathleen M. Preble
7. The Hidden Truth: How Our Policies and Practices Can Both Help and Harm Victims of Human Trafficking, by Lynly S. Egyes
Part II: Practice with Specific Populations
8. Sex Trafficking Among Immigrant Women in the United States: Exploring Social Work Response within a Landscape of Violence Against Immigrant Women, by Laurie Cook Heffron
9. Afrocentric Intergenerational Assessment and Recovery from Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, by Valandra
10. Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of LGBTQ People: Implications for Practice, by Andrea J. Nichols
11. Clinical Practice with Commercially Sexually Exploited Girls with Intellectual Disabilities, by Joan A. Reid, Julia Strauss, and Rachael A. Haskell
Part III: Programmatic Design
12. The Sanctuary Model and Sex Trafficking: Creating Moral Systems to Counteract Exploitation and Dehumanization, by Sandra Bloom
13. How Do We Help? A Clinical and Empirical Review of Challenges to Service Provision For Sexually Exploited Clients, by Lara Gerassi and Abby Howard
14. System Failure! Is the Department of Children and Families Facilitating Sex Trafficking of Foster Girls? by Joan A. Reid
15. Supporting Sex Trafficking Survivors Through a Collaborative Single-Point-of-Contact Model: Mezzo and Micro Considerations, by Maura Nsonwu, Laurie Cook Heffron, Chiquitia Welch-Brewer, and Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz
Part IV: Prevention and Outreach
16. Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The My Life My Choice Model, by Lisa Goldblatt Grace, Katherine Bright, and Audrey Morrissey
17. Prevention and Outreach to At-Risk Groups, by Andrea J. Nichols
18. Challenges to Sensational Imagery Used in the Anti-Trafficking Movement and Implications for Practice, by Lauren Peffley and Andrea J. Nichols
Conclusion, by Andrea J. Nichols
Biographies of Editors and Contributors
Index

About the Author

Andrea J. Nichols is professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park and lecturer and anti-trafficking initiative coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice (Columbia, 2016), coauthor of Human Trafficking in the Midwest: A Case Study of St. Louis and the Bi-State Area (2015), and coeditor of Broadening the Scope of Human Trafficking Research: A Reader (2016).

Tonya Edmond is associate professor of social work and associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and equity at the Brown School of Social Work and a faculty fellow in the Office of the Provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

Erin C. Heil is associate professor of criminal justice studies at Southeastern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is the author of Sex Slaves and Serfs: The Dynamics of Human Trafficking in a Small Florida Town (2012), coauthor of Human Trafficking in the Midwest: A Case Study of St. Louis and the Bi-State Area (2015), and coeditor of Broadening the Scope of Human Trafficking Research: A Reader (2016).

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