Throughout the course of this project, SVJI intends to learn the degree to which there is consensus among practitioners and experts on what trauma-informed services include and when, where, and how it should be applied to work with victims.
SVJI will explore the trauma-informed landscape through carefully crafted methodology and then provide OVW a written report of findings that can inform their own work and decision making.
The defendants are charged with seven felonies each, including sex trafficking a minor, sex trafficking an individual and conspiracy to commit felony sex trafficking.
“All of this is being driven and funded by men who believe it’s OK to pay for sex with vulnerable girls and women,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said at a news conference announcing the charges.
The Ramsey County attorney’s office Tuesday charged five St.
Paul adults for their alleged involvement in a multistate sex trafficking ring that involved minor girls, and officials had a strong message for traffickers and johns: “We are coming after you.” Prosecutors allege the prostitution ring was operated by Suwan Dominique Cross, 19; Doris Marie Keller, 38; Yolanda Katrice Foster, 28; Thomas William Evans, 25; and Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 19.
The key questions guiding SVJI’s inquiry are these :1.Many victim service providers describe their work as being “trauma-informed,” and yet it remains unclear whether there is consensus, or lack thereof, on what trauma-informed services encompass.With direction from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U. Department of Justice, the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) is conducting a project that aims to capture the national landscape of understanding and practice of trauma-informed services in the sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence fields.Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. If you live in Minnesota, but outside of Ramsey County, please call the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 1-866-223-1111.If you live outside of Minnesota, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).To what extent is there consensus about the “Trauma-Informed’ Concept among OVW constituencies? To what extent is there consensus about how and where the ‘trauma-informed’ concept is APPLIED across agencies serving or interacting with survivors of dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence?