School of Social Work Associate Professor
Karen serves as the Founder and Executive Director to the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). She is also a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University. Karen is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Doctor of Psychology with nearly two decades serving marginalized children, youth, and families.
Beginning her career at the Wichita Children's Home as a Street Outreach Worker, Karen has worked locally, regionally, and nationally as an individual, family, and group therapist; a founder and coordinator of youth programs; a researcher; a community organizer; and a human rights advocate. With a passion to better serve high-risk marginalized populations, Karen works to bridge the gap between direct practice, academia, research, and policy. Karen has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that -- particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation.
Karen has served as a forerunner in advancing awareness, effective identification and intervention strategies, and methods of direct-practice including trauma-informed mental/emotional health therapy and legal advocacy to survivors of DMST. Karen founded the Anti-Trafficking/Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action (ASERCA) in 2005 in order to coordinate multi-disciplinary and community collaborative efforts intended to prevent, intervene in, and reduce DMST. To assist in such efforts, Karen has spent more than a decade researching, developing, and validating the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Risk and Resiliency Assessment (DMST-RRA).
Due to her personal, professional, and academic expertise, Karen has traveled the world as an invited guest to facilitate countless keynotes, workshops, and trainings (i.e. TEDxCambridge, UK; National Safe Place; Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center; etc.). A small sample of how her passion and long-term commitment to the anti-trafficking movement has inspired others locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally can be seen through the following: filmed for the KPTS Fidelity Bank Bravely Onward/Impact Series; interviewed and filmed by Invisible People; filmed by Little Wolfe Productions in their human trafficking documentary Hope Road, as one of four Women Warriors Fighting to End Domestic Sexual Exploitation; featured in a documentary film by End Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) USA titled What I've Been Through is Not Who I Am. Karen serves as the Co-Chair for the Governors Mental Health Task Force; an advisor to the Kansas Attorney General on a statewide Human Trafficking Advisory Board where she has and continues to play a key role in the development and passing of Kansas Human Trafficking Legislation; actively participates and consults on the Human Trafficking Working Group for the US Attorney; and is an invited and active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls Cadre of Experts.
Karen is continually inspired and renewed through relationships -- particularly those with her husband Robert Edward Roswurm and their two children.
Karen Countryman-Roswurm's Curriculum Vitae