Conference Keynote Speakers

Karen Countryman-Roswurm, LMSW, Ph.D candidate

Karen Countryman-Roswurm is a licensed master social worker and doctor of psychology with more than 15 years experience serving young people. Beginning her career at the Wichita Children’s Home as a Street Outreach Workers, Karen has since 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 recognized, and has received many 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 and/or subjugated to domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) or other forms of exploitation.

As the founder/coordinator of the Anti-Trafficking/Anti-Sexual Exploitation Roundtable for Community Action (ASERCA) she coordinates multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts to prevent, intervene in, and reduce DMST. With this, Karen works in direct practice advancing methods of effective identification and interventions strategies through the use of her Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking-Risk and Resiliency Assessment (DMST-RRA) tool as well as providing mental/emotional health therapy and legal advocacy to survivors of DMST.

Since 2006, Karen has traveled the country facilitating hundreds of trainings to assist providers in identifying and serving DMST survivors. Karen has been recognized and filmed by Little Wolfe Productions in their human trafficking documentary Hope Road, as one of four Women Warriors Fighting to End Domestic Sexual Exploitation and has also been 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.

Furthermore, Karen serves as an expert to the Kansas Attorney General on a statewide Human Trafficking Advisory Board; is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls Cadre of Experts; and is a professor in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University.

Matt Morton, BA, M.Sc., D.Phil

Matt Morton supports impact-driven social change, especially in the areas of youth development and empowerment. Currently, Matt serves as Advisor to the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth & Families in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Matt has launched youth initiatives from community teen centers to service scholarship programs that have engaged thousands of young people in the U.S. and around the world. Matt has advocated for youths in homelessness, juvenile justice systems, and foster care as the Eckerd Family Foundation’s Fellow, Youth Advocacy Coordinator for the Youth & Family Services Network, Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and Vice-Chair of the National Council on Youth Policy.

As a specialist in program evaluation, Matt consulted for the European Commission, and he has directed impact evaluations of youth programs in the U.S. and the Middle East. Matt is an Associate Member of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the University of Oxford. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Stetson University and his M.Sc. and D.Phil. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford.

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