Featured counter-trafficking program: Project intersect

Kelly Kinnish, Colleen McCarty, Ashwini Tiwari, Melissa Osborne, Theresa Glasheen, Katherine Kerr Franchot, Camille Kramer, Shannon Self-Brown

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This invited article is one of several comprising part of a special issue of Child Abuse and Neglect focused on child trafficking and health. The purpose of each invited article is to describe a specific program serving trafficked children. Featuring these programs is intended to raise awareness of innovative counter-trafficking strategies emerging worldwide and facilitate collaboration on program development and outcomes research. This article describes Project Intersect, a program of mental health services and behavioral health professional training designed to address trauma-related psychological and behavioral problems experienced by adolescent survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. The project is led by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in Atlanta, GA, USA. The primary goal of the program is to build a cadre of behavioral health specialists with skills to implement trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to address the unique needs of trafficked/exploited youth. This involves intensive initial training, follow-up consultation, technical support, and program evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104132
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
StatePublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Child sex trafficking
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Trauma-Focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Youth PTSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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