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Wichita State human-trafficking expert to speak at TEDx event

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Karen Countryman-Roswurm
Karen Countryman-Roswurm

Karen Countryman-Roswurm, founding director for the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking, will be one of the featured speakers at a TEDx event at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The theme of the conference is “The Power of Resilience.”

At TED conferences, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.

Previous TED speakers include Robert Ebert, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and many more.

In conference promotional materials, Countryman-Roswurm is described as a pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement over the past two decades. Connecting the ideas with the personal dimension, she will discuss the resilience of her own experience of life on the streets, from which she was emancipated and began her career at the Wichita Children’s Home as a street outreach worker.

Countryman-Roswurm founded the Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action and serves as a assistant professor at the WSU School of Social Work.”

“My talk is called ‘Creating Contexts of Resilience and Prosperity.’ In short, I weave together my personal, professional and academic experiences to share the ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ that all people, even human trafficking survivors, have the capacity for resilience — for wholeness and prosperity — regardless of the obstacles they face," Countryman-Roswurm said. "This in mind, it is up to all of us to create the contexts which foster resilience and prosperity. No one can make it on pure grit alone.”

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

The WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking works to more effectively intervene in cases of human trafficking by bridging the gap between direct practice, policy and research through its education, training, research and advocacy programs.

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