A press release about my crowdfunding is essential for a successful campaign, according to a fellow trafficking survivor who successfully crowdsourced a project. So here goes:
Human Trafficking Survivor Crowdfunding Ph.D.
Kate Price, research scientist and child sex trafficking survivor, launches crowdfunding campaign to help support her lifelong dream of earning a Ph.D. Research will help stamp out commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).
Wellesley, MA November 5, 2014 – Researcher and child sex trafficking survivor Kate Price is seeking support through crowdfunding to earn her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston). She works as a program associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women, a research and action institute at Wellesley College.
In Price’s early childhood and throughout adolescence, an immediate family member sold her for sex in order to support his drug addiction. She was sold to men at truck stops, at parties, and within her own home. Price’s family repeated intergenerational cycles of addiction, mental illness, poverty, and violence.
Price survived that upbringing through education, determination, and the encouragement of a few supportive adults and friends. Price’s mother had wanted to go to college, but her abusive father told her she could learn as much at the factory where she worked as she could in college. She was determined her daughter’s life would be different. Price’s mother died of cancer six months before Price’s college graduation and her dying wish was for Price to move to Boston and go to graduate school.
Price studied the commercial sexual exploitation of children while earning her master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at Simmons College. The social scientist in her needed to understand not only what had happened to her, but why and how. Fellow researchers and anti-trafficking advocates found her observations and answers to these questions forward thinking and valuable, which led to academic publications, presentations around the country, and consultation on clinicians’ toughest trafficking cases.
Earning a Ph.D. in Sociology at UMass Boston will allow her to cast an even wider net in ending child sex trafficking. “Very little scientific-based research exists on child sex trafficking,” said Price. “I want to contribute evidence-based knowledge to inform best-practices for programs and legislation. Recently, my work, literally, helped advocates rewrite a Florida state child sex trafficking bill. I am so honored.”
Price has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $66,000, which would help cover $20,000 for three years of graduate school plus the gofundme.com fees. “I looked for people to create a survivor fellowship but there was nobody, so I looked to crowdsourcing,” said Price. “The response has been wonderful. I’ve been humbled because I also want to raise awareness that survivors need support beyond the crisis point.”
To learn more about Price and her campaign, www.gofundme.com/supportkpadvocacy