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Headshot of GCPR student and Seed Grant Awardee Sarah Godoy School of Social Work, PhD Student

My name is Sarah Godoy, and I am PhD student, graduate research assistant, and Royster Fellow in the School of Social Work since fall of 2020. My research focuses on youth and young adults impacted by commercial sexual exploitation in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and their intersection with healthcare, social services, and technology. I am currently the Co-Investigator of a pilot study at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which is using a community based participatory research approach to develop and implement a sexual health intervention for girls in foster care with histories of commercial sexual exploitation. I am particularly interested in using participatory research strategies to engage communities with commercial sexual exploitation lived experience to advance prevention and intervention efforts. I have published peer-reviewed articles, research reports, and magazine articles, including 5 articles in Forbes magazine, about commercial sexual exploitation. In 2017, I was named number 20 of the top 100 Human Trafficking and Slavery Influence Leaders. My master’s degree is in Social Welfare from UCLA.