Thank you to the Best Practices Policy Practice for sharing: Recently Dominique Roe Sepowitz gave a TEDX talk (with TEDXPerryville Correctional):
Here is [BPP] response to her claim to assist people in need:
Dominique Roe Sepowitz was directly involved in the arrest and detention of hundreds of people profiled as sex workers by the police in Phoenix. She was the director of this work for several years. This program named Project ROSE was described as a program to assist victims of trafficking. The abuses under this program were documented and sent to the United Nations.
One woman, transgender leader Monica Jones, shared the experiences of her arrest under Project ROSE and subsequent police harassment when she pled not guilty to the charges brought against her, with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. Ms Jones case garnered national attention and she was supported by the ACLU-AZ to challenge the statute used to arrest her (“manifesting the intent to prostitute’). Dominique Roe Sepowitz speaks in this video about listening to women but this is clearly not always the case. On the day that Ms Jones was arrested by Project ROSE and taken to Bethany Bible Church in handcuffs, she asked Dominque Roe Sepowitz (who she knew because she was a professor in the same program Ms Jones was studying in at ASU) for assistance. Dominique Roe Sepowitz turned away and would not speak to her. As a result of Project ROSE and similar so called “anti-sex trafficking programs” people are sent to jail, prison and if undocumented they are deported. Incarceration in Perryville Prison can mean death, as was the case of Marcia Powell who was sentenced to 27 months for solicitation of prostitution. Ms Powell would not have been assisted by Project ROSE and would have been incarcerated further if detained by Project Rose. Dominique Roe Sepowitz speaks about social work ethics in this video but these ethics have been questioned by her peers. Social workers described in an editorial in Afilia–a journal of women and social work–how Project ROSE violates the ethical and professional standards of both the NASW and CSWE.