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Dr. Irene Countryman-Roswurm, LMSW, Ph.D.

Dr. Irene Countryman-Roswurm
Founder/Executive Director, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT), Institute for Transformative Emancipation (ITE).


Dr. (Karen) Irene Countryman-Roswurm, LMSW, Ph.D. is the Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT), Institute for Transformative Emancipation (ITE). She is also a tenured Associate Professor and a frequent consultant for diverse federal and non-governmental agencies striving toward systemic improvement. Cumulatively, Dr. Roswurm has more than 26 years of professional practice expertise in Movements mobilizing others to not only end abuse, homelessness, exploitation, human trafficking, and the adaptive “ism’s” these issues are often rooted in but most importantly, promote holistic healing and prosperity.

A Native Blackfoot (Siksika) woman who remains grounded in her own life experiences of overcoming streets and systems (e.g. child welfare/foster care, criminal/legal judicial systems, state-funded institutions, etc.), Dr. Roswurm is a transformational leader who has committed her life to contemplative, emancipatory practices. Using her various first-hand vantage points, Dr. Roswurm offers pathways to holistic prosperity for individuals, groups, and communities facing abuse, exploitation, and trafficking through the provision of direct-service programming, education and training, consultation and technical assistance, research, and policy development. Acting as a street outreach worker, program coordinator, therapist, community response organizer, human rights advocate, researcher, educator, capacity builder, and public policy developer, she has walked alongside thousands domestically and internationally. Specifically, Dr. Roswurm has served as a forerunner in the Runaway, Homeless, and Anti-Exploitation Movements by advancing prevention, intervention, and prosperity-promoting strategies through her Lotus Emancipation ModelTM. This includes Dr. Roswurm’s therapeutic expertise in culturally-relevant narrative practices to assist trauma survivors re-story their lives. She has more than thirty publications and has facilitated thousands of keynotes, workshops, and critical conversations around the globe. Largely known for her advocacy to reduce the criminalization of young people who are runaway/homeless and who have survived commercial sexual exploitation, dearest to Dr. Roswurm’s heart are opportunities and recognitions that reflect her commitment to journeying alongside survivors as the step into their true identity. Dr. Roswurm often serves as an expert witness on cases regarding human trafficking; she has served as a subject matter expert at the White House National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare; is an Indigenous Survivor-Leader Fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centers, Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA); and the recipient of awards such as the Distinguished Kansan of the Year, Pat Ayars Mentoring Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award.  

Dr. Roswurm is more than her degrees and professional titles. She is a survivor, thriver, and overcomer. She is a wife, mother, sister-friend, dancer, gardener, chef, and roller-skating warrior queen. Like an eagle, she inspires and casts vision. Like a servant gardener, dependent upon the control of our Creator, she awakens and cultivates the autonomous leader in others. Like a navigating companion, she humbly offers resources as she walks alongside survivors she is honored to know. Like a lotus, despite pain and fear, she leans in and strives. And like a 5am alarm playing a rhythmic “fight song,” Dr. Roswurm mobilizes others to act with courage in efforts to empower mercy, equity, justice, and prosperity for all.

Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Human Trafficking (HT); Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST)/Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) of Children (CSEC); Labor Trafficking.
  • Native American culture as a preventative factor of human trafficking.
  • Prevention and intervention of human trafficking among Indigenous populations.
  • Missing and murdered Indigenous individuals (e.g. children, women, men, 2-spirit individuals, etc.)
  • Sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environments in higher education/academia.
  • Mechanisms of silence in organizations and institutions.
  • Unjust criminalization of marginalized populations.
  • Polyvictimization.
  • Cumulative risk.
  • Vulnerability and risk factors.
  • Protective factors and resilience.
  • Suicide.
  • Foster care.
  • Adoption.
  • Factors that contribute to malleability and holistic prosperity in the midst of marginalization.
  • Healthy personal, familial, and intimate partner relationships.
  • Violence against women and children.
  • Sexual violence; abuse; exploitation.
  • Survivor-leadership.
  • Advocacy and activism.
  • Empowerment of girls and women.
  • Best practices for victim-centered/survivor-informed/overcomer-led services.
  • Lotus™ Operating Principles (e.g. trauma-informed care; motivational interviewing; stages of change; harm reduction; narrative practices, etc.).
  • Increasing healthy relationships and family stability.
  • Increasing education, self-sufficiency, and quality of life among marginalized children, youth, and families.
  • Childhood trauma and resilience.
  • Children in Need of Care (CINC) and social welfare.
  • Homeless, Runaway, and Throwaway Youth (HRTY).
  • The relationship between poverty, homelessness, and commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Trauma and resilience informed organizational culture change.
  • Empowering practices in policy, direct service, and research.
  • Relationship/intimate partner violence prevention and intervention.
  • Influence of self and social cognition in healthy relationships.
  • Cognitive schemata of sexual exploitation and relationship violence survivors.
  • Complex trauma.
  • Mentoring.
  • Youth and adult partnerships/positive youth development.
  • Gender specific service programming as a means to promote self-actualization and self-esteem and in efforts to reduce high-risk behaviors among youth.
  • System demoralization and building systems of care that protect children and promote families.
  • Institutional/systemic violence; undercurrents of traumatized contexts (negligence and complicit violence), etc.
  • Social services and criminal-legal/justice reform.
  • Connections between the influence of social and emotional intelligence of human service providers and the demoralization of client populations.
  • System procedures to support families providing kinship care.
  • Improving and developing systems that promote adoption and support adoptive families.
  • Factors of strength and resilience among marginalized populations.
  • Prevention, particularly with marginalized populations, utilizing public health approaches to increasing protective factors (e.g. strengths building, positive relationship building, critical consumerism, empowerment, etc.).
  • Creating community collaborations rather than “mob systems of group think” in efforts to preserve families, protect human rights, and bridge service gaps for marginalized populations.
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration and community action.
  • Connections between pornography and human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, etc.
  • Connections between foster care, runaway and homeless youth, human trafficking, etc.

Referred/Peer-review Journal Articles 

  1. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Cheyney, K., Powell, K., and Farres, A (2022). Criminalized for Surviving: A Call for Legal Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking. Manuscript prepared for and submitted to Journal of Human Trafficking.  
  2. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Cheyney, K., Farres, A., and Powell, K. (2022). Criminalized for Surviving: A Call for Social Justice Advocacy in Anti-Trafficking Efforts. Manuscript prepared for and submitted to Journal of Human Trafficking.  
  3. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Patton Brackin, B. (2017). Awareness without re-exploitation: Empowering approaches to sharing the message about human trafficking. Journal of Human Trafficking, 3(4):327-334.
  4. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & DiLollo, A. (2017). Survivor: A narrative therapy approach for use with sex trafficked women and girls. Journal of Women and Therapy, Special Issue on the Human Trafficking of Women and Girls. 40(1-2):55-72.
  5. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2015). Rise, unite, support: Doing “no harm” in the anti-trafficking movement. Slavery Today Journal: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions, 2(1):26-47.
  6. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Shaffer, V. (2015). It’s more than just my body that got hurt: The psychophysiological consequences of sex trafficking. Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Security, 1(1):1-8.
  7. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2014). Combating trafficking as an advanced generalist social worker. The Advanced Generalist: Social Work Research Journal, 1(1), 35-39.
  8. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Patton-Brackin, B. (2014). The journey to Oz: How practice, research, and law have been used to combat domestic minor sex trafficking in Kansas. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, Special Issue Legal Safety Nets: The Law as a Change Agent for Children, 5, 2(8):1-17.
  9. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Bolin, B. (2014). Domestic minor sex trafficking: Assessing and reducing risk. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 31(6):521-538.
  10. Bolin, B., Crews, D., Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Grant, N. (2014). Six-word memoirs: A reflection of social work professional competency and identity. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 17, 1, 28-38.
  11. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Greenleaf, J., Jacobson, L., Keele-Lien, A., Kirk, C., & Lee, F. (2011). Guidelines will enhance careers in community psychology. The Community Psychologist, 44(1), 16-17.

Referred/Peer-review Book Chapter/Boxes

  1. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2018). Human trafficking across the lifespan. In M. Arterberry, K.L. Fingerman, & J. Lansford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  2. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2017). Beyond extrication: A call for enfranchisement and equity to empower those exploited. In K. van Wormer and F. Besthorn, Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Macro Level, Third Edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.
  3. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2014). Who’s pimpin’ now?: How our system is exploiting the exploited (pp. 51-56). In R. Ross (ed.), Girls In Justice.  Santa Barbara, CA:  Image of Justice.

Other Publications 

  1. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Farres, A. (2019). Strategies for a Sweet Summer: Creating Community for Young People. Blog posted for federal partnership with Youth Collaboratory for OJJDP Mentoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Projects. Found here.
  2. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. and Smith, L. (2019, March 12). Child Victims of Sex Trafficking Receive Mixed Messages: If We Aren’t ‘Aggressors’ Then Why are We Arrested? Op-Ed sent through News Wise and picked up by multiple media outlets. Found here.  
  3. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Cheyney, K., Farres, A. (2019). Aimed Awareness: Purposeful Strategies for Sharing the message of Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2019. Blog posted for federal partnership with Youth Collaboratory for OJJDP Mentoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Projects. Found here. 
  4. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2018). Justice for Hope. Blog found here. 
  5. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Farres, A. (2018). Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Preventing Human Trafficking. Blog posted for federal partnership with Youth Collaboratory for OJJDP Mentoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Projects and in light of January National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Found here.  
  6. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2017). Primed for Perpetration: Porn and the Perpetuation of Sex Trafficking. Guest author for Fight the New Drug. Posted with manuscripts regarding Why Fighting Sex Trafficking Absolutely Includes Fighting Pornography (2017, May 24) and can be found here.  
  7. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., Patton-Brackin, B., Farres, A., Cheyney, K., Charles, T., Rehmert, R., Powell, K. (2017). Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A 16 Module Toolkit to Build Understanding. Developed by Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) in Partnership with Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth (MANY) funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Found here.  
  8. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2016). January is National Human Trafficking Awareness and National Mentoring Month: Reflections on the power of mentoring survivors of abuse and exploitation. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), Office of Juvenile Justice Detention Prevention (OJJDP).
  9. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I., & Patton-Brackin, B. (2014). Human Trafficking: What You Can Do to Transform Awareness Into Purposeful Action. Mid-Atlantic Network for Youth (MANY) Focus, Vol. 10, Number 12. Can be found at 
  10. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Patton, B. (2014). Qualitative Research Methods as an Empowering Practice with Marginalized Youth. Special peer-reviewed service to the Wichita State University, Center for Community Support and Research. American Evaluation Association. AEA365 – A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators. Found here. 
  11. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. (2010, August 2). Kansas Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth. Invited guest columnist in the Huffington Post and Invisible People.
  12. Countryman-Roswurm, K.I. & Senate Majority Leader Schmidt, D. (2010, July 7). A State Assault on Human Trafficking. Guest Columnist in Kansas City Star.

Assistance with Federal Publiations

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (2020). Culture as a Protective Factor to Prevent Trafficking Among All Indigenous Youth. Found here.  
  2. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (2018-2020). Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Toolkit to Build Understanding. Found here. 
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (2018). Toolkit: Building Survivor-Informed Organizations. Found here. 
  4. National Network for Youth (2018). Responding to Youth Homelessness: A Key Strategy for Preventing Human Trafficking. Found here. 

      Professional Experience
      1. December 2012 to Present INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFORMATIVE EMANCIPATION (ITE), Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT); Previously at WSU; Wichita, Kansas 

        Founding Executive Director

      2. August 2010 to August 2023 WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) and the School of Social Work; Wichita, Kansas

        Founding Executive Director of CCHT and Assistant/Associate (2018) Professor in Social Work

      3. January 2020 to October 2022 Kansas Leadership Center (KLC); Wichita, Kansas

        Field Team Member/Field Educator

      4. January 1998 to May 2012 WICHITA CHILDREN’S HOME; Wichita, Kansas

        Therapist/Coordinator of Anti-Sexual Exploitation Services/Street Outreach Counselor

      5. July 2003 to May 2012 DIXON GROUP and LUX CONSULTING GROUP/Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, D.C.

        Federal Panel Chair/Grant Reviewer

      6. August 2008 to December 2010 WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR); Wichita, Kansas

        Research Associate/Graduate Teaching Assistant

      7. June 2006 to December 2009 WICHITA CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER; Wichita, Kansas



        Research Assistant/Survey Outreach Worker
      Awards and Honors
      1. Women in Business Award, Wichita Business Journal. Wichita, KS. May 2020

      2. Excellence Award for Community Research, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. March 2020. 

      3. Woman Who Leads in Public Service, Wichita Business Journal. Wichita, KS. January 2020.

      4. Distinguished Kansan of the Year 2019, The Topeka Capital-Journal. Topeka, KS. December 2019.

      5. Phenomenal Woman Award, Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University. Wichita, KS. March 2019.

      6. Significant Woman of Kansas, Calendar Inclusion, League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro. Wichita, KS. Award presented at event: Celebrating Women, Kansas, and Voting. July 2018.

      7. Women’s History Month, Woman Making a Difference, Kansas Congressman. Kansas. Recognized in Letter Form and On-Line for Anti-Trafficking Efforts. March, 2018.

      8. Prestigious Young Shocker Alum, WSU Alumni Association. Wichita, KS. Notified by e-mail May 2016. Wall display completed in the Rhatigan Student Center. June 2017.

      9. Citizen of the Year Award for Combating Human Trafficking, Wichita League of Women Voters. Wichita, KS. Award presented May 2017.

      10. Martin Luther King Jr., 2017 Education Award, The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM). Wichita, KS. Notified by letter October 2016; to be awarded at the MKL Program January 14th, 2017. Rescheduled due to weather for April 1st, 2017.

      11. Innovation Creative Works Award, WSU Ventures. Wichita, KS. November 2016.

      12. Phenomenal Woman Award Nominee, WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Wichita, KS. March 2016.

      13. Service to Kansas Families Award, Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KSAMFT). Olathe, KS. February 2016.

      14. Invited Subject Matter Expert (SME) to share research and tools regarding the Lotus Anti-Trafficking ModelTM at the National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare. This National Convening was facilitated in an effort to assist in building the capacity for all 50 states to respond to the mandates set forth in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014. Children’s Bureau and co-hosted by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services. White House, Washington, DC. June 2015.

      15. 2015 Wichita State University Board of Trustees Award, WSU Presidents Office. Wichita, KS. Notified by letter September 2014. Presented at the Fairmount Society Dinner, Wichita Marriot, May 2015.

      16. 40 Under 40, Wichita Business Journal. Wichita, KS. May 2014.

      17. Inaugural Pat Ayars Mentoring Award, Wichita Business Journal/Oxford Senior Living. Wichita, KS. July 2014.

      18. Women’s History Month, Woman with Courage Making a Difference Through Education Award, McConnell Airforce Base. Wichita, KS. March 2014.

      19. Selected as a Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert (SME), National Safe Place Network/Family and Youth Services Bureau, Washington DC, April 2014.

      20. Ruby Award, Kansas Soroptimist Club. Wichita, KS. February 2014.

      21. Filmed/Featured on KPTS Fidelity Bank Bravely Onward/Impact Series. PBS/KPTS. Wichita, KS. September 2013.

      22. Invited as a TEDxCambridge Speaker. Cambridge University, United Kingdom. August 2013.

      23. Chosen to participate in the Tilford Incentive Grant Program and Named a Tilford Fellow, 2013-2014 Academic Year. Wichita State University. April 2013.

      24. John R. Barrier Teaching Award in Humanities and Social Sciences Nominee, WSU LAS. Wichita, KS. 2013.

      25. Meritorious Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, WSU Student Government Association Student Senate. Wichita, KS. 2012.

      26. Phenomenal Woman Award Finalist, WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Wichita, KS. 2012.

      27. Consistently named by multiple students as a “very important person who has influenced their life,” as a “faculty who had impact on their life” and of whom they would like in attendance at their commencement ceremony. WSU. Wichita, KS. 2012-2017.

      28. Selected as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the American Psychological Association (APA) Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls Cadre of Experts. APA. May 2011.

      29. Recognized for Best Practices in Serving Survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Department of Justice. February 2011.

      30. Recognized as a So Focused woman in regards to community work with marginalized populations, Women’s Focus Magazine. Kansas. December 2010.

      31. First Place Oral Division Winner of Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium, WSU Graduate School. Wichita, KS. 2009.

      32. School of Social Work Distinguished Alumna, WSU School of Social Work, 5th Annual Power Conference. Wichita, KS. 2008.

      33. Wichita State University Young Alumna Award, WSU Alumni Association. Wichita, KS. 2007.

      34. Certificate of Appreciation for Service to Better Law Enforcement Awarded by the Wichita Police Department, WPD. Wichita, KS. 2007.

      35. 40 Under 40 Nominee, Wichita Business Journal. Wichita, KS. 2007.

      36. Recognized through the development of the Karen Countryman-Roswurm Endowed Fellowship in Social Work. Fellowship established by Mr. Ronald Mann, member of WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council, WSU. Wichita, KS. 2006-Present.

      37. Recognized as Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. 2000-2006.

      38. Recommended for the Dean’s Academic Commendation. Wichita State University (WSU). Fall 1999-May 2006.

      39. Young Adult Facilitator Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). Washington, DC. 2004.

      40. Nations Youth Worker of the Year, National Network for Youth (NNFY). Washington, DC. 2004.

      41. Best Youth Advocate, Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas (MINK) Region 7 Youth Service Network. Olathe, KS. 2003.

      42. Outstanding Youth Award, Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas (MINK) Region 7 Youth Service Network. Olathe, KS. 1999.
      Patents and other Intellectual Property
      1. TM on the title and design of the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Model.

      2. TM on the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Model

      3. TM on the design/image of WSU CCHT face and “one is one too many” slogan.

      4. © on the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Model.

      5. © on the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Prevention for Prosperity

      6. © on the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Victim to Vitality

      7. © on the Lotus Anti-Trafficking Pathway to Prosperity Program Guide and Curriculum.

      8. © Anti-Trafficking Organizational/Community Response Assessment (AT-O/CRATM).

      9. © Lotus Anti-Trafficking Prosperity Matrix.

      10. © Human Trafficking Definition and Identification Tool (HT-DIT).

      11. © Domestic Sex Trafficking Risk and Resilience Assessment (DST-RRA).

      12. © Victim-Centered Survivor-Led Life Planning Tool (VCSL-LPT).

      13. © Victim-Centered Survivor-Led Goals Beliefs Change Tool (VCSL-GBC).

      14. © Victim-Centered Survivor-Led Progress Toward Prosperity Matrix (VCSL-PTPM).

      15. © Lotus Advocacy Interview Guide for Victim/Survivor Services.
      Additional Information

      Acting as a subject matter expert (SME), public figure, social justice advocate, and interviewee, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm has provided education to the community—employing professional competence to benefit the public. As such, she has promoted/enhanced and/or sought to transform the culture of her employer/community, represented the institution to the public, and has furthered the goals and direction of her employer/community through hundreds of media and public awareness opportunities; numerous community speaking engagements; court testimony and public policy development; facilitation of fundraising; and other forms of service. These activities promote human rights, institutional courage, and the transformation of communities. A noteworthy sample of these services include but are not limited to:

      1. Professor’s Race, Sex Discrimination Case Advances. August 3rd, 2022. Bloomberg Law.
      2. Voices of Freedom: Indigenous Voices. November 18th, 2021. Recorded and Recognized Conversation for Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) for Native American Heritage Month, Story Corps.
      3. Professor Sues, Told to ‘Let Go Of’ Harassment Claims. October 29th, 2021. Wichita Eagle.
      4. Employee Files Lawsuit Against the University and Some Leaders. October 28th, 2021. KSN-TV.
      5. Social Work Professor Files Federal Lawsuit. October 27th, 2021. The Sunflower.
      6. Voices of Freedom. May 14th, 2021. Recorded Conversation for Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), Archive Story Corps.
      7. Kansans of the Year through the Decades. December 30th, 2020. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
      8. 2020 Women in Business: Karen Irene Countryman-Roswurm, Center for Combating Human Trafficking. August 14th, 2020. Wichita Business Journal.
      9. Experts: Spread of False Information Distracts from Real Work to Combat Human Trafficking. August 13th, 2020. KWCH-12.
      10. CCHT is Not a Confidential Resource for Discussing Title IX Incidents. February 15th, 2020. The Sunflower.
      11. The Woman Taking on Big Porn. February 14th, 2020. First Things.
      12. Center for Combating Human Trafficking Director Says She Faced Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment. February 6th, 2020. The Sunflower.
      13. Professor Says When She Faced Sexual Harassment, They Went After Her, Not the Problem. February 2nd, 2020. Wichita Eagle.
      14. States Help Trafficking Survivors Overcome Criminal Records. February 1st, 2020. ABA Journal.
      15. Gretchen Carlson featured at WSU’s Anti-Trafficking Conference. January 21st, 2020.
      16. Women Who Lead in Public Services: Karen Irene Countryman-Roswurm, Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking. January 16th, 2020. Wichita Business Journal.
      17. Missing in Kansas: Risks, Warning Signs of Human Trafficking. January 15th, 2020.
      18. Missing in Kansas: Challenge with Fighting Sex Trafficking Online. January 9th, 2020.
      19. ‘Bombshell’ Film Screening, Discussion Aim to Break Culture of Silence. January 5th, 2020. The Sunflower.
      20. Distinguished Kansan: Human Trafficking Experts Goal is to Change Lives. December 28th, 2019. McPherson Sentinel.
      21. Youth At-Risk for Human Trafficking Are Criminalized by the System Designed to Help—Expert Suggests Better Way. November 24th, 2019. The Ohio Star.
      22. Kansas Foster Care Instability Led to Surge in Runaways, Left Children Vulnerable to Sex Traffickers. Special Report: Day Two of a Collaborative Series with KCUR. October 15th, 2019. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
      23. Finding Hope. Special Report: Day One of a Collaborative Series with KCUR. October 14th, 2019. The Topeka Capital-Journal.
      24. Kansas Made This Sex Trafficking Survivor a Criminal—She Wants Another Chance. October 14th, 2019. NPR/KCUR89.3.
      25. Countryman-Roswurm with Dr. Celia Williamson. October 7th, 2019. Emancipation Nation. Buzzworthy. Apple Podcast.
      26. Countryman-Roswurm Selected to Serve on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Human Trafficking Leadership Academy. October 1st, 2019. WSU Connection.
      27. WSU Professor and Center Director invited to Kansas Judicial Council Legislative Study. September 9th, 2019. Shocker Blast: WSU Strategic Communications.
      28. How WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking Fits Into University Priorities. September 3rd, 2019. WSU Today.
      29. New GraceMed Initiative Aims to Help Understand Patients’ Living Conditions. August 8th, 2019. Wichita Eagle.
      30. Wins for Kansas. July 3rd, 2019. KAKE News.
      31. Child Victims of Sex Trafficking Receive Mixed Messages: If We Aren’t ‘Aggressors’ Then Why are We Arrested? March 12th, 2019. NewWise.
      32. National Human Trafficking Awareness Month: End Demand. January 27th, 2019. KFDI Radio.
      33. Human Trafficking Symposium Coming to Liberal. December 29th, 2018. Liberal First.
      34. WSU Weekly Briefing 12/13/18: WSU CCHT and January National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. December 13th, 2018. Wichita State University YouTube Channel. Can be Viewed at:
      35. Brain Heart World. Filmed and featured as human trafficking expert. October 2018. Fight the New Drug Productions.
      36. Center for Combating Human Trafficking Receives $100,000 Matching Grant. August 2018. Wichita State University Foundation, Horizon Now.
      37. You Can Have a Life After Surviving Sex Trafficking. Here’s How it Starts. August 31st, 2018. Upworthy, Cloud Tiger Media Inc.
      38. Statewide Initiative Targets Sex Buyers. July 9th, 2018. KAKE.Com
      39. In Sex Trafficking Fight, Kansas Officials Want More People Talking About Victims. July 9th, 2018. The Topeka Capital Journal.
      40. New Campaign Aims to Fight Human Trafficking By Cutting Demand for Prostitution. July 9th, KCUR 89.3.
      41. Kansas AG Launches ‘Demand an End’ Campaign to Combat Sex Trafficking. July 9th, Lawrence Journal-World.
      42. Dozens of Possible Child Trafficking Victims Have Been Jailed in Kansas. June 22nd, 2018. The Wichita Eagle.
      43. Next Chapter for WSU Icon Ron Matson. March 2018. Wichita State University Foundation, Horizon Now.
      44. Runaway Foster Kids Raise Sex-Trafficking Fears in Kansas. February 16th, 2018. The Wichita Eagle.
      45. Wichita Women’s March is Back with New Issues. January 17th, 2018. The Wichita Eagle.
      46. Local Human Trafficking Prevention Group Calls for Vigilance After Texas Smuggling Case. July 25th, 2017. 3KSN-KSNW-TV.
      47. Modern Day Slavery: A Look at Kansas’ Human Trafficking Laws. February 12th, 2017. KAKE News.
      48. Thousands in Wichita March for Women’s Rights. January 21st, 2017. KWCH 12 News.
      49. Air Capital Women’s March. January 21st, 2017. KAKE News.
      50. Wichita Women’s March: One Crowd but a Range of Reasons. The Wichita Eagle.
      51. Shocks Talk with Karen Countryman-Roswurm. February 21st, 2017. WSU Today.
      52. Modern Day Slavery: A Look at Kansas’ Human Trafficking Laws. February 12th, 2017. KAKE/
      53. It Takes All of Us to Put an End to Human Trafficking. January 26th, 2017. The Sunflower.
      54. #TackleDemand Attempts to Target Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl with Message ‘Don’t Buy Sex.’ January 25th, 2017. The Global Dispatch.
      55. Awareness Fosters Hope for Often-Invisible Sex-Trafficking Victims in the Midwest. January 10th, 2017. Global Sisters Report, National Catholic Reporter.
      56. Human Trafficking Survivor to Speak at Annual Conference. January 8th, 2017. The Wichita Eagle.
      57. 2017 Martin Luther King Day Events Planned. January 6th, 2017. The Wichita Eagle.
      58. Countryman-Roswurm Speaks Out on Trafficking and Its Connection to Pornography. Video Interview Post January 2017 and May 2017 Via Porn Harms and Fight the New Drug. Can be Found at or
      59. Uncovered: Shining Light on Human Trafficking in Wichita. November 2016. Five-Nine Films. Can be Found at
      60. Songs Against Slavery Concert a Fundraiser to Fight Trafficking. September 21st, 2016. Wichita Eagle.
      61. Human Trafficking Can Start in the Heartland. August 19th, 2016. McPherson Sentinel.
      62. With Matching Grant, Donors Challenge Others to Support Center for Combating Human Trafficking. August 2016. Wichita State University Foundation, Horizon Now.
      63. Realities of Human Trafficking Highlighted at Guest Day. June 17th, 2016. The Emporia Gazette.
      64. Human Trafficking: A Problem that Exists in Wichita. April 13th, 2016. KSN-TV.
      65. Wichita Child-Trafficking Victim, Now 18, May Soon Be Released from Jail. March 22nd, 2016. Wichita Eagle.
      66. Wichita Child-Trafficking Victim, Now 18, Charged with Trafficking. March 15th, 2016. Wichita Eagle.
      67. Social Work Today. Interview and featured article (including promotional advertising for WSU, School of Social Work) in highly recognized newsmagazine for Social Workers. January 19th, 2016. Social Work Today.
      68. Wichita State to Host Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness. January 5th, 2016. Wichita Eagle.
      69. WSU Lands in Old Town, Establishes Community Engagement Institute. November 19th, 2015. Wichita State News.
      70. Human Trafficking Expert: ‘If We Really Care About This, We Don’t Need to Hear the Stories Anymore.’ November 4th, 2015. KMUW.
      71. Human Trafficking Discussed at Seminar. November 3rd, 2015. Garden City Telegram.
      72. Social Worker Brad Van Vranken Saved Children from Neglect and Abuse. October 2nd, 2015. Wichita Eagle.
      73. Identifying Human Trafficking. September 30th, 2015. The Morning Sun.
      74. Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking. August 21st, 2015. Video for Raise My Head Foundation Gala. Can be Found at
      75. Topeka Community Leaders Learn to Combat Human Trafficking. August 10th, 2015. KSN-TV.
      76. Two Western Kansas Towns Included in Grant to End Human Trafficking. June 20th, 2015. Hays Post.
      77. WSU’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking Partners with State Agency. June 19th, 2015. Wichita State News.
      78. Wichita State Expert Part of National Training to Fight Human Trafficking. June 9th, 2015. Wichita Eagle.
      79. Countryman-Roswurm to Serve as Expert at White House Event. June 8th, 2015. Wichita State News.
      80. Karen Irene Countryman-Roswurm 2015 WSU Board of Trustees’ Award Recipient. Video Interview Posted May 18th, 2015 on YouTube. Can be Found at
      81. Girls In Justice (invited guest due to published article “Who’s Pimpin Now?: How our system is Exploiting the Exploited.” Interview and podcast with USA Today News, Eileen Rivers. April, 2015.
      82. Heat Raiser. Featured in the Kansas Health Foundation/Kansas Leadership Center’s publication, The Journal. Winter 2015, 7, 1, 70-76.
      83. Anti-Trafficking Conference Brings Professionals Together to Go Beyond 101. Monday, February 2nd, 2015. The Sunflower.
      84. Anti-Human Trafficking Event Seeks to Unite Bodies of Faith. Friday, January 30th, 2015. The Sunflower.
      85. Two Wichita Women Arrested for Selling Girls for Sex. Monday, January 27th, 2015. KAKE Channel 10.
      86. KLOSE-UP: Combating Human Trafficking. Interview with Cindy Klose and Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. KWCH Eyewitness News 12.
      87. Training Aims to Help Local Faith Leaders to Fight Human Trafficking. Monday, January 12th, 2015. Sunflower.
      88. MANY and CCHT Awarded Federal Grant to Train and Assist Nonprofits with Combating Sex Trafficking. Friday, January 9th, 2015. Wichita State News.
      89. WSU’s CCHT Training Events for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Monday, December 15th, 2014. Wichita State News.
      90. HaysMed Summit Shines Light on Horrors of Sex Trafficking. Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. Hays Post.
      91. SC Homecoming Service Project to Focus on Human Trafficking. Friday, September 26th, 2014. Winfield Daily Courier.
      92. HaysMed Co-Hosts Summit on Human Trafficking. Wednesday, September 24th, 2014. The Hays Daily News: Voice of the High Plains.
      93. Conference to Focus on Human Trafficking. Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The Concordia Blade – Empire.
      94. Human Trafficking Topic of Conference. Saturday, August 30th, 2014. Salina Journal.
      95. 40 Under 40 – Karen Irene Countryman-Roswurm, Wichita State University. July, 31st, 2014. Wichita Business Journal.
      96. Tackling Root Causes of HT and Helping Victims are Center’s Goals. Summer/Fall, 2014. The Horizon – The Wichita State University Foundation Newsletter.
      97. Dark Passages. Spring, 2014. The Shocker – Wichita State University Alumni Magazine.
      98. Inmate’s Death Brings Relief to Woman Who Was Victim as a Child. February 8th, 2014. Crime and Courts Expert, The Wichita Eagle.
      99. Human Trafficking: The Dark Side of the Super Bowl. Thursday, January 30th, 2014. Expert Pitch – Newswise.
      100. Human Trafficking Panel Raises Awareness. Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. Sunflower.
      101. Discussion Helps Bring Home Impact of Sex Trafficking. Monday, January 27th, 2014. Wichita Eagle.
      102. Human Trafficking Becoming a Big Problem in Kansas. Monday, January 27th, 2014. KSN-TV/KSNW.
      103. Human Trafficking Week Seeks to Raise Awareness. Monday, January 27th, 2014. Sunflower.
      104. WSU to Host Panel Discussion on Trafficking Laws. Sunday, January 26th, 2014. Wichita Eagle.
      105. Photographs Shine Light on ‘Juveniles in Justice.’ January 26th, 2014. Wichita Eagle.
      106. Mayor to be Featured at Human Trafficking Awareness Events. Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. WSU University Relations.
      107. Empower Wichita – WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking. Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Full hour audio/radio interview with Heather Larson on Power 93.9.
      108. Classes on How to Fight Human Trafficking. Thursday, January 9th, 2014. Wichita Eagle.
      109. WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking. Wednesday, January 8th, 2014. KWCH-12.
      110. Wichita Children’s Home Named State Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims. Thursday, January 9th, 2014. Wichita Eagle.
      111. Ending Modern Day Slavery Focus of Professor’s Work and Faculty Spotlight. Spring 2013. Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: A Publication for Alumni and Friends, Volume 13, Number 2.
      112. WSU Director Promotes Conversation on Causes of Human Trafficking. Thursday, November 21st, 2013. WSU University Relations.
      113. Karen Countryman-Roswurm@TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2013. Video Published on YouTube November 18th, 2013. Can be found at
      114. KWCH KLOSE-UP – Special News Cast Interview WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking and New Anti-Trafficking Legislation. Thursday, October 24th, 2013. KWCH.
      115. Campus Human Trafficking Center Works to ‘Bridge the Gap.’ Monday, September 23rd, 2013. Sunflower.
      116. Karen Countryman-Roswurm – Fidelity Bank Bravely Onward/Impact Series Feature. Monday, September 16th, 2013. Video interview with KPTS.
      117. The Domestic Labor and Sex Trafficking of Homeless Youth. Filmed for interview by Mark Horvath. September 2013. Invisible People.
      118. Wichita State Professor to be Featured Speaker at Cambridge University TEDx Conference. Wednesday, August 14th, 2013. Wichita Eagle.
      119. Wichita Children’s Home Celebrates 125th Anniversary. Friday, July 19th, 2013. Wichita Eagle.
      120. Human Trafficking Measure Now Law. Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. The Associated Press,
      121. Kansas Human Trafficking Measure Signed Into Law. Monday, April 22nd, 2013. Articles; Associated Press as Contributor.
      122. Kansas Bill Toughens Laws on Human Trafficking. Thursday, April 11th, 2013. The Associated Press – CJOnline.
      123. Kansas on Brink of Enacting Human Trafficking Law Inspired by Wichita Programs. Friday, April 5th, 2013. Wichita Eagle.
      124. Center for Combating Human Trafficking Putting Stop to Exploitation. Wednesday April 3rd, 2013. Sunflower.
      125. Center Will Build on Rescue Outreach. Sunday, March 24th, 2013. Wichita Eagle.
      126. Director Discusses Center’s Aims in Helping Youths. Sunday, March 24th, 2013. Wichita Eagle.
      127. How Wichita Can Save Its Kids From Sex Trafficking. Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. KMUW1 Radio.
      128. Agencies get $300,000 Grant to Fight Sex Trafficking. Friday, October 12th, 2012. Wichita Eagle.
      129. Wichita a Key Spot for Rescuing Kids in Sex Trade. Saturday, September 17th, 2011. Wichita Eagle.
      130. Combat Sex Trafficking. Friday, March 18th, 2011. Wichita Eagle.
      131. Men Charged with Rape, Human Trafficking. Sunday, March 13th, 2011. Wichita Eagle.
      132. What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am. Filmed as a SME in Survivor-Centered Care for HT/DST Survivors. Documentary and extended interviews. April/October 2011. WITNESS and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)-USA.
      133. So Focused Woman. Photographed and interviewed for print. December 2010. Women’s Focus Magazine.
      134. Human Trafficking Discussed in Wichita. November 5th, 2010. KWCH Eyewitness News 12.
      135. Hope Road. Filmed and featured in human trafficking documentary as one of four Women Warriors Fighting to End Domestic Sexual Exploitation. August 2010. Little Wolfe Productions.
      136. Sexual Exploitation of Homeless Youth. Interview with Mark Horvath. July 2010. Invisible People.
      137. Wichita State and the World. Filmed with Provost Gary Miller and Dr. Rhonda Lewis to discuss the issues of sexual exploitation of runaways, research regarding risk factors of exploited youth, and interventions that are most effective in assisting survivors in their journey of healing and recovery. May 2010. WSU-TV, Channel 13.
      138. Today’s Gang Culture is New form of Slavery. Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. Wichita Eagle.
      139. This Type of Child Abuse Hard to Investigate: Sex Trafficking a Growing Problem. Sunday, May 24th, 2009.
      140. Groups to Study Cases Like Chelsea Brooks. July 5th, 2006. Wichita Eagle.
      141. A Gift of Opportunity. March 2002. Wichita State University Foundation, Horizon.
      142. Help Your Self. May 2001. Filmed for 30 Minute Special.
      143. Karen Countryman – A Survival Story. October 2000. Filmed at Wichita Collegiate School.
      144. Karen Lost and Found Part 1-8. May 7-13th, 2000. Wichita Eagle.
      145. Teen Runaways. May 11-12, 2000. Filmed for two-day KWCH 12 Special.
      146. Street Outreach. 1999. Filmed for KWCH 12 Special.


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