Faculty Activity - Kirsten Havig

 

On September 24, 2014, Dr. Kirsten Havig presented a report and policy recommendations to the Public Safety Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature for the interim study on Child Trafficking organized by Rep. Sean Roberts. Dr. Havig does research on child sex trafficking, or the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) right here in Oklahoma. "It has only been in the last couple of decades that we have begun to recognize, study, and intervene with human trafficking of American citizens here in the U.S. Trafficking is a global problem and child sex trafficking affects millions worldwide - and Oklahoma is no exception. I work here in Tulsa with the Child Sex Trafficking Task Force of the Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition and was so pleased to have the opportunity to bring critical information to our Oklahoma legislators on behalf of OU, the Coalition, and most importantly, children and survivors of CSEC. This is an extraordinarily complex issue and the members of the Public Safety Committee are truly interested in crafting new policy in Oklahoma that holds traffickers and buyers of sex with children accountable and that will provide the services and resources children, families, and practitioners need to prevent and respond to the issue”, she said. Dr. Havig also provided a CEU workshop on the topic of Human Trafficking on October 3, 2014. She also teaches Social Welfare Policy Practice and Analysis and is excited to share this experience with her students. “It is so critical that our social work voice be heard by our policymakers. I was so happy to have the opportunity to really practice my policy advocacy skills and to model this type of legislative involvement for our students.”

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