Current Projects

Current Projects

Journey to Thrive

Journey to Thrive is a research project to better understand sex trafficking survivors’ perceptions of the services they receive — and to learn what services they find most helpful in their recovery and how to decrease barriers to accessing services. It critical to examine what survivors need to heal to effectively support them in their journey to thrive. The project is a collaborative effort among survivors, researchers and practitioners, and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice–National Institute of Justice.

Read the news story about the project to learn more.

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Journey to Thrive

Study Details

Research questions:
In the Journey to Thrive research project, we seek to answer:

  1. How do we do research with survivors of sex trafficking in a way that is respectful, safe, and trauma-informed?
  2. What barriers to survivors of sex trafficking face when seeking services, and how can we reduce these barriers?
  3. What are factors that promote healing and recovery among survivors of sex trafficking?

  • One-on-one interviews
  • Surveys
Key elements:
  • Survivor voices: Information is being gathered from adult sex trafficking survivors who have received, or are receiving, services at Call to Freedom, a nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that provides comprehensive, ongoing and coordinated trauma-informed services to survivors.
  • Collaboration: A Survivor Advisory Board and Practitioner Advisory Board are working closely with the researchers on all aspects of this project to inform all decision making.
  • Dissemination: Findings will be used to create a toolkit with information to help practitioners effectively support sex trafficking survivors, including best practices for evaluating available services. This toolkit will be disseminated nationally.

Project Collaborators

Journey to Thrive collaboration between researchers at University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of South Dakota, Call to Freedom, practitioners, law enforcement, and most importantly, survivors of sex trafficking and their families.