Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

The average age of entry for youth into sex trafficking in Arizona is 14 years old. ASU Sex Trafficking and Intervention Research (STIR)

In Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking Next Door

As the Director of the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at ASU, Dominique is all too familiar with the abuse and trauma women and men face when exiting prostitution rings. In addition to teaching, Dominique provides clinical intervention groups for women and men and focuses her research on women and violence with a focus on prostitution and the therapeutic needs for exiting.

“It can happen anywhere. There are some things you should be on the lookout for. First of all, if your gut instinct tells you this is not a good person, listen to your body, listen to yourself.” This talk was given at a TEDx event, TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional, using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University and she is the Director of the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research. Dominique has her Master’s degree and PhD in social work and is a researcher, professor and a forensic social work practitioner. Dominique's research focus is on women and violence with a focus on prostitution and the therapeutic needs for exiting. Her expertise includes sex trafficker profiles, establishing a prevalence of sex buyers, and sex trafficking victim prevention and intervention design. Dominique works very closely with community groups including the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office and Catholic Charities DIGNITY programs. 

2017 Annual Report

The Arizona Human Trafficking Council 2017 Annual Report details the Council’s many achievements and activities. The report highlights training accomplishments, outreach and awareness activities and victim services improvements.  The report also outlines the Council’s efforts to foster and expand State and National collaboration and innovative research. 

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See Something, Say Something.

In 2016 there were 457 calls and 151 reported cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in Arizona. This week, the Arizona Human Trafficking Council presents to 3,000 NCAA March Madness Tournament volunteers on the indicators of sex trafficking. 

Download the indicator Card below: 

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Arizona Guidelines to Fight Youth Sex Trafficking

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) together with the Arizona Human Trafficking Council is pleased to announce the release of the Arizona Guidelines for Developing a Regional Response to Youth Sex Trafficking .  The Guidelines are a statewide model that serves as a roadmap of best practices for providing a coordinated response to victims of youth sex trafficking.

The Arizona Human Trafficking Council has identified the need for guidelines to assist communities throughout Arizona to help develop a coordinated response to sex trafficking which will limit additional trauma to a victim while holding perpetrators accountable for this heinous crime. 

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Arizona Laws

On April 22, 2014, Governor Brewer signed House Bill 2454 into law. This bill strengthened state law by increasing penalties for human trafficking while improving and enhancing protective measures for the victimized and vulnerable.

Learn more about Arizona human and sex trafficking laws.


The Arizona Human Trafficking Council, under the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, was established in 2014 to develop a comprehensive and coordinated victims’ service plan; evaluate and report to the governor statewide data on human trafficking; promote greater collaboration with law enforcement, state agencies and the community-at-large; and raise public awareness about victims services, restitution and prevention.

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