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Lifelong Wellbeing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Collaborative Perspectives From Survivors, Researchers, and Service Providers

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dc.contributor.author Vatne Bintliff, A., Stark, C., DiPrete Brown, L., & Alonso, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-14T18:38:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-14T18:38:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Vatne Bintliff, A., Stark, C., DiPrete Brown, L., & Alonso, A. (2018). Lifelong Wellbeing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Collaborative Perspectives From Survivors, Researchers, and Service Providers. Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence, 3(3), 3. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1120&context=dignity
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4050
dc.description.abstract This article summarizes a collaborative effort by researchers, service providers, and women who have experienced exploitation and trafficking for sex, to inform policy and practice related to care for survivors. The effort brought together current research program experience from around the world, and survivor perspectives, in a 2015 interactive forum entitled “STREETS of Hope: Listening to and Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking.” A participatory approach to defining wellbeing, designed especially for use with vulnerable or highly marginalized populations of women and girls, provided the framework for the discussions. In addition, attempts were made to use principles of trauma-informed care during the workshop itself, toward the overall goals of 1) working as equals to inform research agendas; 2) gaining insights from survivors to improve services; and 3) providing survivors and all participants with a wellbeing model that can help them think and speak with specificity and clarity about their personal growth, wellbeing, and self-care. The results of the interactive two-day workshop and subsequent consultations included: 1) increased understandings and more detailed descriptions of what wellbeing is from the lived experience of survivors, and 2) insights about ways that services and care can be more responsive to the needs and preferences of survivors. Further, the collective exercise suggested revisions and specifications to the wellbeing model itself. Finally, the collaborators identified future directions for their shared research and practice. Overall, the experience of the “STREETS of Hope Forum” supports the idea that iterative, equitable, collaborative work with survivors must be employed to inform systems of care, and that a dynamic and multi-dimensional concept of wellbeing can help survivors, researchers, program leaders and policy-makers to foster support and agency throughout the life course. For those who participated, “STREETS of Hope” constituted a reframing of the goals of services care. It enabled us to think beyond basic needs and survival as defined by caregivers, to one that centers the experience of survivors and fosters recognition of and realization of their talents and life aspirations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence en_US
dc.subject exploitation en_US
dc.subject sex trafficking en_US
dc.subject survivors en_US
dc.subject research agenda en_US
dc.subject services en_US
dc.subject long term effects en_US
dc.subject well-being en_US
dc.title Lifelong Wellbeing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Collaborative Perspectives From Survivors, Researchers, and Service Providers en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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