May 2012 Meeting

  • 01 May 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Charles Sumner School

Trajectories of Involvement in Commercial Sex Exploitation and Trafficking: Qualitative Results of an Intervention in San Francisco, California

Presenter:  Mark Edberg, PhD, MA

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sumner School, Rotating Gallery G-4

Pre-meeting get-together, 5:30 pm Beacon Bar and Grill

The presentation for will focus on the qualitative results from an evaluation of a sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation prevention project in San Francisco, CA. Qualitative research was used to understand the program model and assumptions of program staff (who were largely former sex-workers, some of whom had also been trafficked), but perhaps more importantly to understand the background and situations of program clients, who were either girls under 18 years old or young women ages 18-24. Through extended interviews, the qualitative research identified four different trajectories of involvement in commercial sex exploitation, based on reported patterns, which were significantly influenced by socioeconomic, community, family, and personal factors. The trajectories will be described along with their implications for prevention. Dr Edberg was Co-PI of this project under an agreement with Development Services Group, Inc., which held the contract.  

Mark Edberg, PhD, MA, is Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, with secondary appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is an applied and academic cultural anthropologist who has focused on social inequities and marginalized/excluded populations, and on social ecologies associated with health risks – including specific work related to HIV/AIDS, youth violence, substance abuse, school dropout, health disparities, and other issues (both domestic and global). He has directed studies, interventions and capacity building efforts for CDC, NIH, SAMHSA, the U.S. Office of Minority Health, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (DHHS), and the National Institute of Justice, as well as research, evaluation and planning work for UNICEF and the Organization of American States. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles, among them his first book (primarily drawn from dissertation research): "El Narcotraficante: Narcocorridos and the Construction of a Cultural Persona on the U.S. Mexico Border" (U. of Texas Press, 2004).  Dr. Edberg is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.


Meeting:  Charles Sumner School, corner of 17th St and M St NW, Washington, DC

How to get there:  The Sumner School is located at 1201 17th St NW (corner of 17th St and M St NW).  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St under the black metal stairway. Directions from Metro Red Line: From Farragut North station, take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 2 blocks north.  Enter the building through the double doors under the black metal staircase.  NEW MEETING ROOM:  Rotating Gallery G-4 (ground floor)

Pre-meeting:  Beacon Bar & Grill (one block north of Sumner School)

How to get there:  The Beacon Bar & Grill is in the Beacon Hotel located at 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW (corner of Rhode Island and 17th St).  Directions from Metro Red Line Farragut North station: take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 3 blocks north (one block past Sumner School).  All are welcome.

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