Lauren Vollinger

Lauren Vollinger is a Doctoral Candidate in the Ecological-Community Psychology PhD program at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on community and systems response to human trafficking. Ms. Vollinger’s research heavily relies on partnerships and expertise from service providers and survivors to evaluate service provision and coordination efforts among community organizations. Her interests also include decision-making processes among sexual assault survivors during the evidence collection process and examining the context and effects of coerced debt in abusive relationships. Ms. Vollinger became affiliated with the STREETS program in Fall 2019 as a Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar.

TedxTalk: “The Art of Amplifying Survivor Identities in Anti-Sex Trafficking Work”

Recent Publications:

“Concretizing intersectional research methods: Incorporating social justice and action into United States sex trafficking research”

“Youth Service Provision and Coordination among Members of a Regional Human Trafficking Task Force”