Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Where is the Survivor's Voice? An Examination of the Individual and Structural Challenges to the Reintegration of Immigrant Human Trafficking Survivors
by Rocha, Michelle Dantas, M.A., University of South Florida, 2016, 140; 10142373
Abstract (Summary)

The United States is one of the top destination countries for human trafficking, and Florida has the third highest number of reported cases of human trafficking. Despite the severity of this issue, Florida anti-trafficking legislation, reintegration programs, and awareness campaigns tend to contribute to the invisibility of the victims and undermine their recovery and reintegration into society, especially when the victims are immigrants. This project uses a multi-method approach including content analysis of anti-human trafficking campaigns to argue that portrayals of a “perfect victim” only amplify stigmatization and discrimination against immigrant victims. Through in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation highlighting the voices of immigrant survivors, law enforcement and service providers, I analyze the individual and structural challenges to reintegration. Using these insights, I offer several recommendations about the type of services and training necessary to help trafficking victims recover from their trauma and rebuild their lives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth
Commitee: May, Rachel, Reiter, Bernd
School: University of South Florida
Department: Government and International Affairs
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Criminology, Public policy
Keywords: Florida, Gaps, Human trafficking, Immigrants, Latinas, Reintegration
Publication Number: 10142373
ISBN: 9781339976877
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