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Identifying the Feasibility and Acceptability of Conducting Longitudinal Outcome Evaluation Research with Adult Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Their Perceptions of a Comprehensive Service Model
Principal Investigator: Katie M. Edwards
Co-Principal Investigators: Lorey Wheeler
Funding Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Award Date: Jan 1, 2022
End Date: Dec 31, 2023
This project is a collaborative effort among survivors, practitioners and researchers designed to examine the feasibility, acceptability and safety of conducting rigorous outcome evaluations with survivors of sex trafficking.
It also aims to document factors associated with sex trafficking survivors’ service utilization, and identify how engagement with various services affects survivors’ recovery.
Data will be collected from clients at Call to Freedom (CTF), a nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that provides comprehensive, ongoing and coordinated trauma-informed services to trafficking survivors.
Participants will include 20 sex trafficking survivors new to CTF. Researchers will document enrollment rates, assess acceptability of research procedures and collect of contact information for follow-up data collection.
Participants will complete a follow-up survey six months later to generate data on retention rates and participants’ ongoing perceptions of the acceptability and safety of the research procedures.
Findings will help create a practitioner-based toolkit help effectively support sex trafficking survivors.
Researchers are collaborating with survivors and practitioners to examine the feasibility, acceptability and safety of conducting rigorous outcome evaluations with survivors of sex trafficking.