From our close affiliation with Kansas' only urban-based research university to our wide-ranging network of local, regional, national and international partnerships, CCHT represents a unique team of survivors, faith-leaders, services providers, and faculty members who, together, are addressing human trafficking.

Internally, the CCHT staff represents over four decades of combined personal, direct practice, advocacy and research expertise.

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Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm

Executive Director
School of Social Work Associate Professor

Karen serves as the Founder and Executive Director to the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). She is also a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University. Karen is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Doctor of Psychology with nearly two decades serving marginalized children, youth, and families. Beginning her career at the Wichita Children's Home as a Street Outreach Worker, Karen has worked locally, regionally, and nationally as an individual, family, and group therapist; a founder and coordinator of youth programs; a researcher; a community organizer; and a human rights advocate. With a passion to better serve high-risk marginalized populations, Karen works to bridge the gap between direct practice, academia, research, and policy. Karen has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that -- particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation.

Karen has served as a forerunner in advancing awareness, effective identification and intervention strategies, and methods of direct-practice including trauma-informed mental/emotional health therapy and legal advocacy to survivors of DMST. Karen founded the Anti-Trafficking/Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action (ASERCA) in 2005 in order to coordinate multi-disciplinary and community collaborative efforts intended to prevent, intervene in, and reduce DMST. To assist in such efforts, Karen has spent more than a decade researching, developing, and validating the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Risk and Resiliency Assessment (DMST-RRA).

Due to her personal, professional, and academic expertise, Karen has traveled the world as an invited guest to facilitate countless keynotes, workshops, and trainings (i.e. TEDxCambridge, UK; National Safe Place; Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center; etc.). A small sample of how her passion and long-term commitment to the anti-trafficking movement has inspired others locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally can be seen through the following: filmed for the KPTS Fidelity Bank Bravely Onward/Impact Series; interviewed and filmed by Invisible People; filmed by Little Wolfe Productions in their human trafficking documentary Hope Road, as one of four Women Warriors Fighting to End Domestic Sexual Exploitation; featured in a documentary film by End Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) USA titled What I've Been Through is Not Who I Am. Karen serves as the Co-Chair for the Governors Mental Health Task Force; an advisor to the Kansas Attorney General on a statewide Human Trafficking Advisory Board where she has and continues to play a key role in the development and passing of Kansas Human Trafficking Legislation; actively participates and consults on the Human Trafficking Working Group for the US Attorney; and is an invited and active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls Cadre of Experts.

Karen is continually inspired and renewed through relationships -- particularly those with her husband Robert Edward Roswurm and their two children.

Karen Countryman-Roswurm's Curriculum Vitae

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Allison Farres, LMSW, MPH

Assistant Director

Allison Farres is a Master’s level social worker and serves as the Strategic Programming and Evaluation Specialist at the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). Allison’s primary focus is working with survivors of abuse and exploitation through the Pathway to Prosperity™ program and evaluating the effectiveness of CCHT programming. Allison has been involved in anti-trafficking work at CCHT since 2015.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Kansas, as well as a master’s degree in Public Health. Her background includes volunteering as a victim advocate for the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and the Young Women’s Christian Association of Oklahoma City. She also assisted with the launch of the Oklahoma Start By Believing campaign in 2015. This public awareness campaign focuses on the public response to Sexual Assault.

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Risa Rehmert

Director of Program Development

Risa Rehmert is the Director of Program Development at the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). Risa comes to CCHT with over 30 years of experience serving youth and families in crisis. Prior to joining CCHT, Risa was the Coordinator of the Street Outreach, Crossroads and Safe Place programs at the Wichita Children's Home. In this role she was responsible for coordinating services, program development, grant writing/reporting and oversight of daily operations. In January of 2012, she organized the opening of the O.Z. Drop-In Center in downtown Wichita for homeless, runaway, street and trafficked youth.

Risa serves on the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Homeless and Runaway Youth (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. She also served on the National Safe Place Advisory Board for 15 years. She is identified as a Subject Matter Expert for RHYTTAC and has provided trainings at the national, state and local level. Risa was born and raised in Kansas. She graduated from Friends University with a Bachelors in Human Services.

In addition to CCHT development and awareness activities, Risa develops and provides training, advocates for victims/survivors, and facilitates the Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum in schools, social service agencies and faith groups.

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Kristen Powell

Survivor Leadership Program Specialist

Kristen Powell serves as a Program Specialist at the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). Kristen began at CCHT in March of 2016 after receiving her High School diploma at the age of 16. She believes that the anti-trafficking movement should be survivor-led and is working to create a Pathway to ProsperityTM survivor group at CCHT. She draws on her passion and experience to advocate for victims and survivors and looks forward to using her life experiences to enhance the anti-trafficking movement.

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Mark Masterson

Youth Justice Consultant

Mr. Masterson is a native New Yorker who moved to Kansas to attend Wichita State University (WSU). He graduated with honors with major course work in sociology and criminology and went on to earn a Master's degree in education specializing in juvenile offender counseling. He became a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in 1984. His professional career spanned three decades working for Sedgwick County Department of Corrections. He has been a collaborative leader and partner working with justice system stakeholders, policymakers and community groups on challenging issues and opportunities. He effectively developed, administered and managed a complex combination of facility and community programs in the juvenile and adult justice systems with annual peak budgets totally $31M, a staff of 475, and a daily client population of 2800. Mark was active throughout his career learning, presenting workshops, sharing information, volunteering and serving on task forces, committees and projects. He directed a project to reduce racial disparity and increase fairness for youth who come into contact with the justice system as part of the Models for Change DMC Action Network from 2007-12. He earned awards for excellence in public service, a champion for change and leadership contributing to juvenile justice reforms at the local, state and national levels. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform where he also served as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network from 2010-2016. He retired from county service directing the corrections department in April 2016. His retiree activities include joining the team at the Wichita State University, Center for Combatting Human Trafficking as a youth justice consultant.

Mark began working in corrections as a juvenile court services officer in family services. He was hired by Sedgwick County in 1983 to work with juvenile offenders in a residential rehabilitation program. He advanced quickly through the ranks working as a juvenile counselor, chief counselor, project director, program coordinator, and assistant director at the Department of Youth Services. In 1995 when the Youth Services and Community Corrections departments merged, he was named youth services administrator. In January, 1998 he was named director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, where he assumed responsibilities for both juvenile and adult programs.

His responsibilities included facilitating and monitoring juvenile justice prevention funding and programs, operating juvenile intake and assessment, juvenile intensive probation and case management (out of home placements and reentry), juvenile detention facility and alternatives, aftercare facility, adult community corrections intensive probation and residential center, pretrial services, and administering felony drug court and day reporting (contracted).

Mark served as the administrative contact for Sedgwick County with the state juvenile justice agency from 1998-2016. He was an advocate and leader planning and implementing juvenile detention and juvenile justice reforms. He directed efforts to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile system and is an advocate for teen victims of human trafficking. Sedgwick County was a partner site in the Models for Change (MFC) DMC Action Network Initiative (2007-12) and he was named the 2011 Champion for Change in this national initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. He is a graduate fellow at Georgetown University for completing the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Public Sector Leaders (2010) and he was a founding member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network at the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (2010-2016).

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Hieba Baig

Project Associate

Hieba Baig is a practicum student at CCHT working as a Project Associate. She is working towards a Bachelors in Social work at Wichita State University, and plans on furthering her education by receiving a Masters in Social Work. Hieba also hopes to pursue a PhD in Psychology; she believes the work of both psychologist and social workers are intertwined.

While at CCHT, Hieba hopes to work closely with survivors and believes the anti- trafficking movement should be survivor-led. Hieba’s previous work experience entails working within non-profits, cancer research, and children with mental illnesses. Much of her work is geared toward social justice, and providing services and awareness for minorities.

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Doug Coe, JD

Legal Consultant

Doug Coe serves as a legal consultant for the Center for Combating Human Trafficking. He realized his passion for the abolition of modern day slavery and the fight against human trafficking in 2004 while in undergraduate school at Trinity University. He quickly set his sights on law school to further develop his skills as an advocate for justice. After working with an anti-trafficking organization in Guatemala, Doug attended the University of Kansas School of Law. While there, he served as the Managing Editor of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy and held a variety of other leadership positions. When not helping at the Center, Doug provides estate planning services to clients through his private practice, Legacy Legal, LLC.


Robert Roswurm

Director of Finance and Innovative Projects

Robert Roswurm, is passionate about the advancement, growth and development of marginalized populations. He has over 20 years of involvement with youth-focused efforts including the Anti-Trafficking Movement. During his early years, Robert served runaway and homeless youth including trafficking victims and survivors as a street outreach worker. More recently he has focused his time in the areas of organizational advancement and development. Mr. Roswurm has been honored to receive awards for his efforts including, Champion of Respect from the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Above and Beyond Award from the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University, and the 40 Under 40 Award from the Wichita Business Journal.

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Dr. Keith Pickus

Co-Founder and Development Advisor

Keith Pickus currently serves as the Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Wichita State University Foundation and the Director of Operations for the Center for Combating Human Trafficking. As a Professor of Modern German and Jewish history with extensive teaching experience in the area of Holocaust history, Pickus brings a unique perspective to the subject of human trafficking. His study of cultural identity and state sanctioned violence inform his understanding of the human potential for horrific evil, compassion and resilience.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Professor Pickus earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983 and, during his senior year, he studied German language and history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Pickus was awarded a Master of Arts in modern German History from the University of Washington in 1988; he received an "Inter-Israeli University Fellowship," to attend the Hebrew University in Jerusalem during the 1988-89 academic year, and he completed his doctoral program in modern European Jewish History at the University of Washington in June, 1993. During the 1998-99 academic year Keith was a Fulbright Research scholar at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany, where he was engaged in a comparative study of Jewish and Catholic communities in 19th century Germany.

Keith Pickus' professional academic career began in 1991 as a lecturer in modern European, German and Jewish History at the University of Washington. During the 1994-95 academic year he was a visiting assistant professor at Montana State University and he assumed a tenure-track position in the History Department at Wichita State University in 1995. Pickus was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the fall, 2001, and he became a full professor in fall, 2009. His formal administrative career began in 2000 when he took on the role of Graduate Program Coordinator for the History department. He has served as the Associate Dean for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2001-07), the Associate Provost for Strategic Planning and Operations (2007-2011), Interim Provost in (2011-13) and interim Dean for the College of Health Professions in (2013-14).

Keith Pickus is the sole author of two books and a contributing author to a third. He has published nine scholarly essays, eleven book reviews and he has made numerous conference and public presentations.

Keith Pickus' Curriculum Vitae

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Pam Tinoco, LMSW

Social Work Consultant

Pamela Tinoco is a former practicum student at CCHT. She completed her masters in Social Work at Wichita State University in the spring of 2016. As a former practicum student, Pam has had the opportunity to be engaged in a number of CCHT's projects including: co-facilitating LotusLM Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum for middle and high school age groups; speaking to multidisciplinary professionals about the LotusLM Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum; and planning and coordinating awareness events during Human Trafficking Awareness Month of January. Pamela strives to apply the core competencies of social work to her work activities and advance in her professional skills by working alongside CCHT staff.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University and has experience working with youth. She worked as a High School AVID Tutor for five years at Southeast High School and served as a volunteer for Juvenile Field Services for one year.

Pamela hopes to continue work and learn at CCHT and assist with the development, refining, and implementation of the LotusLM Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum and participate in direct service through advocacy work and other awareness activities. She plans to continue her involvement in the anti-trafficking movement and wants to serve youth and women who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse or exploitation.

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Sara Zafar, JD

Legal Consultant and Survivor Advocate

Sara is a licensed attorney with Kansas Legal Services. She works on protection orders, crime victims' compensation, victim advocacy in criminal cases, and other legal matters arising from a crime. She primarily works with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She served as a volunteer victim advocate for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, completing the 40-hour volunteer training, taking crisis hotline calls, and being present for survivors of sexual assault during forensic sexual assault exams at the hospital. Sara also served as Staff Attorney and Legal Assistance to Victims Attorney at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in Topeka, researching and developing public policy, curriculum, legal issues for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and connecting survivors to legal assistance.

Sara was born and raised in Wichita. She received her B.A. from the University of Kansas, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is licensed with the Supreme Court of Kansas and the United States District Court, District of Kansas, and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association, Young Lawyers Association, Wichita Women Attorneys Association, and Kansas Women Attorneys Association Wichita Bar Association, Young Lawyers Association, Wichita Women Attorneys Association, and Kansas Women Attorneys Association.

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Kalynn Cheyney

Communication and Research Associate

Kalynn Cheyney is a licensed master social worker and serves as a Communication and Research Associate at CCHT. Kalynn has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement since 2016 working in various capacities including aiding in developing and facilitating the Lotus Prevention for ProsperityTM curriculum and developing the Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Toolkit to Building Understanding. Currently, Kalynn’s primary focus is coordinating communication platforms for the purposes of educating the community and sharing how CCHT is achieving its mission to empower our nation’s capacity to effectively combat abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.

Kalynn received her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services From Kansas State University as well as a minor in Leadership Studies with a Non-profit focus and a Master’s in Social Work from Wichita State University.

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Teauania Charles

Social Work Consultant

Teauania Charles is a former practicum student at CCHT. Teauania received her Master of Social Work at Wichita State University in the spring of 2017. Teauania was a part of a number of projects at CCHT including: research and writing on human trafficking and related issues, prevention education for middle and high school youth, training of service providers, and assisting in the planning of human trafficking awareness month.

Teauania received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University in 2011. During her experience at K-state, Teauania began a career path serving those with mental illness and continues to work closely with men, women and children in a mental health crises. After graduation, she plans to use her degree and experience with survivors of mental illness and other trauma to empower others to pursue holistic health and prosperity.