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NCJ Number: 250843 Find in a Library
Title: Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States: Reimagining Survivors
Author(s): Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
Date Published: April 2016
Page Count: 194
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Rutgers University Press
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8099
Publication Number: ISBN-10: 0813569699; ISBN-13: 978-0813569697
Sale Source: Rutgers University Press
100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8099
United States of America
Document: Doc (ebook)
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: eBook
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book reports on the author’s research with 140 trafficked children living in the United States, most of them girls, from countries around the world, documenting their captivity, rescue, and rehabilitation.
Abstract: The study determined that none of these trafficked children were kidnapped or physically forced to accompany their traffickers. In many cases, parents or smugglers paid by family members brought these children to the United States. All of the girls and boys in the study believed they were coming to America to find employment or educational opportunities. The study examined the experiences of these children from the time they were trafficked to the United States to their years as young adults. The focus is on their perspectives as they attempted to get jobs, learn English, develop friendships, and find love. Their perspectives on their needs are contrasted with how they were viewed by child welfare staff. While the trafficked children were concerned about practical survival techniques, child welfare agencies focused on their vulnerability and pathology. The author concludes that the agency and institutional services provided these trafficked children were based on a one-size-fits-all trauma-based model that ignores the diversity of their experiences, concerns, and needs.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Exploitation; Child protection services; Child welfare; Needs assessment; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Trafficking in Persons; Victim profiles; Victim services
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