University of Illinois at Chicago
location_on United States
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Charles Hounmenou, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Previously, Hounmenou was a visiting research specialist at the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research, UIC. He worked with the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research for six years as a research associate on human trafficking, police brutality, and prison issues. He was also the Managing Editor for the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, an international peer-reviewed academic journal. Hounmenou, a Fulbright Fellowship alumnus, holds three Master’s degrees, including one in social work from the Washington University in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s doctoral program in social work in 2009. His main research areas are human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, human rights of detainees and immigrants, and community policing. In his most research in 2014, Hounmenou conducted an international three-country study of child prostitution in Benin, Niger and Burkina. His short-term research projects include a study that aims to explore the characteristics of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Chicago and assess the victims’ needs as well as services available to assist this population.