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Susan Norris on what law enforcement needs to know about sex trafficking in America

The founder of Rescuing Hope talks about the organization’s mission to provide training and resources to identify the signs of sex trafficking

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In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, sponsored by Staccato, host Jim Dudley speaks with Susan Norris, the founder of Rescuing Hope, about the organization’s mission to enlighten the public about sex trafficking in America, educate potential victims and first responders, and empower advocates and survivors.

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Don’t feel like you have to be the expert in trafficking, just know all the resources you can pull into your back pocket the instance you think you have something going on. That is why we think it is so important not just to train investigators, but to train the typical beat cop as they are the ones that are likely to see things.”
It is easy to think of a trafficker as a street thug, but they understand trauma bonds, they understand Stockholm syndrome, and they are masterminds at it. In fact, complex trauma therapists tell us that sex trafficking victims exhibit the same kind of complex PTSD as prisoners of war. We have to acknowledge that and then we have to talk about how a victim would respond to an officer.”

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Susan Norris

About our guest

Susan Norris is the founder and executive director of Rescuing Hope, Inc. and has been involved in the fight against sex trafficking in America since 2010. Her passion is to raise awareness about the issue of sex trafficking as well as encourage and empower survivors to live abundant lives. Susan partners with other front-line organizations, therapists and law enforcement officers she met through the writing of her novel, “Rescuing Hope,” as well as through mentoring survivors.

Susan is a member of the Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught in public and private schools and served as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes prior to joining the fight against sex trafficking.

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