Alumna raises awareness of Human Trafficking

Dr. E. Hitchcock Scott

Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, includes both forced labor and sex trafficking. The state department estimates there are more than 24.9 million people — adults and children — subjected to human trafficking around the world, including in the United States. Traffickers often take advantage of the instability caused by natural disasters, conflict, or a pandemic to exploit others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, traffickers continue to perpetrate the crime, finding ways to innovate and capitalize on the chaos. In order to bring awareness to this horrific problem, January is designated as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. (Source: U.S. Department of State).

Alumna E. Hitchcock Scott, (Ericha Scott, Ph. D. ’99) writes eloquently about this issue in, Prostitution, Modern Sexual Slavery, Sex Trafficking and Bondage of the Human Mind: A Reflection Regarding Our Times.

Dr. Scott, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), a published author, poet, artist, a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), and an Internationally Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a certified interfaith spiritual director.

Her career spans 38 years of professional experience working with those who have co-occurring addictions, mental illness, complex trauma and dissociation. She has published on topics of addiction and trauma, her doctoral research for Union regarding self-mutilation by dissociative disordered individuals, integrative medicine, and her theory of creative arts therapy.

Thank you to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for permission to republish the article regarding sex trafficking. For more information regarding trauma, please visit:


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