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Misericordia to host speaker Dr. Kathleen Price

Misericordia to host speaker Dr. Kathleen Price

Expert in child sex trafficking

Misericordia University will host Kathleen Price, Ph.D., an internationally-recognized child sex trafficking expert, to speak on Friday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater.

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Dr. Price is a Visiting Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, a gender-based research institute at Wellesley College, an alumni scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Institute, and a senior research associate at a health and human services firm outside of Boston. In 2005 she also received her master’s degree in Gender/Cultural Studies at Simmons University. Dr. Price would go on to earn her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a dissertation on state-level legislative decisions that prevent commercially sexually exploited minors from being arrested and/or prosecuted for prostitution in the United States. 

Not only is Dr. Price an expert in child sex trafficking, but she is also a survivor. Most recently, Dr. Price was featured in the Sunday Globe Magazine article “Kate Price Remembers Something Terrible” in a 10-year collaboration between her and Boston Globe journalist Janelle Nanos. The piece examines Dr. Price's child sex trafficking history in Appalachia and the science of traumatic memory and healing from interpersonal violence and commercial sexual exploitation.

She has worked extensively with trauma pioneers Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Judith Herman and has been a patient of van der Kolk’s for nearly 30 years. He refers to her (under a pseudonym) as the “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) virtuoso” in his New York Times best-selling book “The Body Keeps the Score” due to her ability to heal using this cutting-edge modality more quickly than any other person he has ever seen. Herman has also quoted Dr. Price in her presentations and in her forthcoming book, “Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice.”

Dr. Price’s work has influenced the passage of state-level children’s human rights legislation, including preventing the involuntary detention of CSEC victims while they receive support services in Florida and banning child marriage in Massachusetts. Her perspective as a CSEC survivor provides an intersectional analysis of how systemic race, class, and gender inequalities fuel CSEC. Like Price, children of low socioeconomic status are particularly at risk for being commercially sexually exploited in rural and urban communities where economic opportunities and resources are limited. Dr. Price lectures on her research and survivor advocacy at academic conferences, universities, and non-governmental organization meetings.

Her work has been published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Victims & Offenders, and William and Mary’s Journal of Women and the Law. She is a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Child Sex Trafficking Expert Working Group, and a founding Advisory Board member of the U.S. branch of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT-USA). She received the 2017 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award from the International Centers for Research on Women (ICRW) and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) 2018-2019 Dissertation Fellowship.

For more information about attending the event, please get in touch with Misericordia’s Mission, Ministry and Service Office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, please call Kristin Kuntzman, Social Justice and Service Coordinator at 570-674-6315.