Andrea J. Nichols, Ph.D., is a Lecturer of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor of Sociology at St. Louis Community College Forest Park. Her practitioner-centered research examines victim advocacy and community-based responses, as well as social work and criminal justice practices with survivors. She regularly teaches the course "Sex Trafficking” and is the author and coauthor of numerous books and articles in the area of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Kathleen Preble, Ph.D., MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Social Work. Her areas of inquiry are human trafficking, sex work, and gender-based violence. Her research interests seek to increase our understanding of these complex phenomena leading to empowering prevention, intervention, and aftercare service delivery.


The extant research literature indicates that human trafficking survivors have a myriad of service needs, including acute and long-term needs. A statewide resource guide, needs assessment, and service inventory were developed for Missouri through community action research involving a partnership with an anti-trafficking coalition, a consortium of funders, and a series of small research teams. This article details the evolution of a resource guide and describes the methods used to 1) develop a statewide resource guide for human trafficking survivors and the service providers who work with them, 2) evaluate the resource guide, 3) create a statewide/regional service inventory based on resource guide data, and 4) conduct a statewide/regional needs assessment. The aim was to provide a scalable process that others can follow to develop their own statewide resource guides, service inventories, and needs assessments to assist survivors better and guide responses.

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