Katie Rhoades, MSW
After surviving her own experience with CSE and sex trafficking, Katie Rhoades, MSW founded Healing Action, a St. Louis Based NPO that provides direct services to adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and is viewed as an expert and leader in the anti-trafficking movement.
Katie Rhoades, MSW
Education and Qualifications
Master of Social Work (MSW) Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Metropolitan State University St. Paul, MN
Qualifications/ experience in matters relating to human trafficking:
Survivor of Sex Trafficking – Exited 2002
Provided direct services to domestic and international trafficking victims since 2009
Obtained a MSW with a focus on multisystem intervention with trafficking survivors
Key note speaker and trainer since 2009
After surviving her own experience with CSE and sex trafficking, Katie Rhoades, MSW founded Healing Action, a St. Louis Based NPO that provides direct services to adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work. Katie’s professional experiences spans 14 years working in the mental health field with adults who experience severe and persistent mental health concerns and has spent the last 10 years within the anti-trafficking movement. Katie currently sits on the Missouri Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force, the National Survivor Network, the Human Trafficking Collaborative Network, and The Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation. She has written publications for the Missouri Bar Association, and is viewed as an expert and leader in the anti-trafficking movement.
Topic: Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Trauma
Title: Effects of CSEC on Adult Mental Health
Synopsis: Sex trafficking has only recently been identified as a problem crime against our youth, even though children in the sex trade has been going on for centuries. The lack of victim identification and intervention over decades has resulted in thousands of adult survivors with have received little to no support. Where are these folks now?
Through her personal and professional experience, the presenter will discuss the psychosocial impact of untreated complex PTSD in older youth and adult victims. The presenter will explain how the lack of recognition of trauma in youth further complicates recovery as an adult. She will describe the criminalization of adult survivors, racial biases impacting victim identification, and successes and challenges of providing services to this underserved population.
Participants will be provided ways providers can: develop trauma informed, holistic service plans to serve older youth and adult survivors of CSEC, advocate with adult survivors for policy and services to address sex trafficking, and how to provide choice so that older youth and adults can make informed decisions around their own care.
Although theory is discussed, the majority of the material presented in this training will be based off qualitative data collected throughout the presenter’s experience working with previously unidentified adult survivors of CSEC.