The conference theme, “Vulnerable Populations,” focuses our attention those who are at most risk for sex trafficking. We are especially interested in research that examines risks, experiences, consequences, and interventions of sex trafficking across differences of race/ethnicity, nation of origin, socioeconomic class, sexual and gender identities, ability, and age.
In particular, we encourage submissions that examine issues of trafficking of ethnic minority women in the United States and trafficking of rural women and/or in rural areas. We are also interested in proposals that examine methodological and ethical issues of research on trafficking.
The conference will result in an edited volume of selected papers on the topic. The text will be an expansion on the existing scholarship on sex trafficking because it seeks to focus on underrepresented populations and on domestic sex trafficking in the US. More information will be forthcoming on this publication.
Who should attend?
This conference seeks to bring together experts for a cross-disciplinary discussion about the research challenges involved in studying vulnerable populations enmeshed in sex trafficking in the United States. It is formatted for those who have research results or ideas, who wish to inform their peers of the work of their non-governmental or governmental organization, or who wish to fund anti-trafficking efforts and research. We seek to include:
• Scholars and graduate students (with complete or near complete projects) with an interest in providing knowledge and methodologies to study the problems surrounding sex trafficking in the United States. Scholars and graduate students from all academic disciplines, including but not limited to: psychology, criminal justice, law, political science, women’s and gender studies, public policy, public health, anthropology, ethnic studies, Native American studies, rural studies, urban studies and others are invited to submit their work.
• Undergraduate and graduate students seeking feedback, please note a special student session has been created for those who wish advice on honors thesis, MA thesis, or PhD dissertation on sex trafficking.
• Relevant governmental agencies and NGOs are also invited to apply. Practitioners from law enforcement, social service agencies, and others who see the effects of trafficking in their work, and can report their findings about the efficacy of methods to combat and prevent sex trafficking.
• Foundations and others who will fund knowledge-creation, programs and program evaluation, and methodology-creation and who wish to speak about their work and their priorities
Conference Date and Venue: February 16-18, 2012, at LaSells Stewart Center, OSU campus, Corvallis, Oregon.
Erin Dubyak and Rita Snyder Furr
Oregon State University
201 Gilkey Hall
122 SW Waldo Pl
Corvallis, OR 97331
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