Sex Trafficking Projects

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR), in partnership with Phoenix Starfish Place
Faculty Name: 
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz
Preferred Skills or Majors: 


The internship does require attendance two evenings per week (from 4-8pm either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights) with the other hours being flexible. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply. Requirements will include being a good communicator, having strong teamwork skills, being interested in the social issues related to human trafficking, and enjoying working with children of all ages. All students must obtain a recent fingerprint clearance card from the state of Arizona. This is an in-person on-site internship in Phoenix, Arizona. It can range from 12 to 16 hours per week.

This internship may have a $500 stipend per semester (depending on funding).

Closing Date: 
May 31, 2021
Location or Campus: 
University Center | 411 N Central Ave | Phoenix, AZ 85004 | mail code: 3920
Hours Per Week: 
12 - 16 hours per week

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

This research internship is split between the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (ASU STIR) and Phoenix Starfish Place.
• At ASU STIR, interns will work on a wide range of research activities with faculty and staff including collecting and analyzing police data, case reports, and interviews.
• At Phoenix Starfish Place, a permanent supportive housing program for sex trafficked women and their children, will be assisting with the provision of therapeutic group activities to the children.

Interns will be provided with
• extensive training on human trafficking and ethical and clinical practices with persons who have experienced violence
• opportunities to be creative and contribute to the work of ASU STIR.

ASU STIR is a research office in the School of Social Work at the ASU Downtown Campus. The office is directed by Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz and the staff includes experts from multiple fields and backgrounds. ASU STIR is a center for innovation to address human trafficking from a multidisciplinary perspective. Phoenix Starfish Place is a beautiful apartment complex with 15 apartments and a large community center (Starfish Community Center) where the residents and their children are offered therapeutic groups, activity and learning classes, and crafts and expressive arts. Phoenix Starfish Place is a partnership between the City of Phoenix Housing Department and ASU STIR.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

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