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Human trafficking in Kansas to be topic of first Jurich Lecture on Social Justice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dorthy Stucky Halley, an authority on domestic violence dynamics and batterers, will present the first Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on the K-State campus.

Dorthy Stucky Halley

Dorthy Stucky Halley

Halley, LMSW, is director of the Victim Services Division of the Office of the Kansas Attorney General. She will talk on “Different Motives for Those Who Batter and the Link to Human Trafficking” at the Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union.

More than 350 victims of human trafficking in Kansas were reported to the Office of the Attorney General during fiscal 2014. In at least a third of those the trafficker was the spouse or partner, Halley reported.

She received the Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year award in 1996, and has provided more than 1,000 presentations on a national, state and local level on batterer intervention, domestic violence, human trafficking and other topics regarding victimization.

The March lecture is presented by the marriage and family therapy program, School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology.

The lecture series honors Dr. Tony Jurich, who taught in family studies and human services for more than 39 years before his death in 2010. He believed in social justice and challenged his students and colleagues to value diversity, promote equality and endorse fairness.

In 2014, Tony’s wife, Olivia Collins, and his brother, Steve Jurich, established the Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Student Awards, which recognize graduating students who demonstrate a commitment to Tony’s core leadership tenets.

The tenents - strive for resonance; assume value and be respectful; be compassionate; do what is right; seek out, affirm and utilize diversity and lead by example - provide a roadmap for sustainable community change, said Marcie Lechtenberg, instructor and therapist supervisor. She received a Jurich graduate student award in 2014.

“Tony was loved and respected as a dedicated therapist, an enthusiastic teacher and researcher, and a wise supervisor and mentor,” Lechtenberg said. He earned national recognition for his work as a leader in the field of family therapy.

The speaker is an author, and provides expert witness testimony in domestic violence cases.

Halley’s development of a motivation typology for those who batter has opened the door to a new understanding for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates and others working in the domestic violence field. She has led the state efforts to develop standards, certify batterer intervention programs, and apply evidence-based practice in this field. Halley started providing services to victims in 1986 and served as executive director of Safehouse, Inc. for more than a decade. During this time, Halley developed a model rural batterer intervention program in the early '90s, which she continued to operate while teaching social work at Pittsburg State University for another decade, prior to accepting her current position.

In addition to her work on domestic violence, Halley organized the development of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board in Kansas, and served as the first coordinator. She continues to serve on this board and chairs the Victim Services Subcommittee. For her latest publication, Halley co-authored the chapter “Providing Effective Services to Victims of Human Trafficking: Theoretical, Practical, and Ethical Considerations” in the book Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2014.

Halley has served as president of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA), and the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (KNASW).

Prepared by College of Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, K-State Family Center.