About Christa Foster Crawford

Christa Foster Crawford, Esq. is an expert and consultant with more than 15 years of experience working to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion. A natural connector, Christa founded Trafficking Resource Connection to help address a persistent gap in information and resource sharing in the anti-trafficking movement. Christa is connected to numerous anti-trafficking and related networks and seeks to link others to the quality information and resources that those networks have to share. Christa is herself an expert in human trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, and children at risk, and has developed numerous resources and compiled an extensive library that Trafficking Resource Connection enables her to share.

Christa’s experience includes work at both the grassroots and policy level, having worked for the United Nations and headed the International Justice Mission’s Thailand Justice Center. She co-founded The Garden of Hope and pioneered its vocational training and social enterprise program before moving into a full-time consulting and training role with Trafficking Resource Connection in 2010. Her clients have included the United Nations, Tearfund, Crisis Care Training International, and Rivercross/Holding Esther, as well as projects funded by the US State Department, AusAid, SIDA, and the International Rescue Committee.

Christa’s services include expert advice and referrals, development and sharing of resources, and teaching and training. A passionate advocate, Christa speaks internationally on issues of human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, and children at risk. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Fuller Theological Seminary where she teaches “Ministry to Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Children.” She also teaches “Exclusion and Exploitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion” for GoED.

A professional writer and editor, Christa has authored two books about human trafficking: So You Want to Rescue Child Sex Slaves? What You Need to Know Before You Begin and Combatting Human Trafficking in Asia: A Resource Guide to International and Regional Legal Instruments, Political Commitments and Recommended Practices (United Nations). She is co-editor of Stopping the Traffick: A Christian Response to Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (Regnum 2014, Glenn Miles, Gundelina Vasquez and Tania DoCarmo, co-editors) and the forthcoming sequel: Finding Our Way through the Traffick (expected 2017). Christa’s articles and book chapters have been published in the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Understanding God’s Heart for Children, Family and Faith in Asia, and the Journal of Asian Mission, among others. She has also edited children-at-risk books and training curriculum for Phyllis Kilbourn’s Crisis Care Training International and helped develop “Holding Esther” for Rivercross.

Christa is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Claremont McKenna College. She has also done graduate work in Holistic Child Development.

Christa is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she has lived with her family since 2001. She is a native of Southern California.

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2 thoughts on “About Christa Foster Crawford

  1. Dear Christa,
    Dr Phyllis Kilbourn recommended I contact you. I am just finishing module 1 crisis care in Manila with her. I’ve lived in Jing Hong city (Sipsongpanna) in south west China since 1998 and have been involved in medical training programmes, started a children’s home for abandoned kids with disabilities, STD/HIV prevention and outreach to commercial sex workers and in recent years counselled run away child soldiers from Myanmar.. I am interested in what training opportunities there are to better equip me in this work – helping children with trauma, PTSD, attachment issues, exploitation and war related trauma.
    I saw you were involved in the Children at risk programme at Fuller Seminary and was wondering could those classes be taken as a stand alone course? Do you teach any of the CCTI modules in Asia? If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate your input and advice.
    Blessings & thanks,
    Alexandra Jagelman

    • Hi Alexandra, I am sorry that I just now saw your comment. Feel free to contact me at TraffickingResourceConnection@gmail.com in the future. Currently I don’t teach the Fuller course as as stand-alone, but I am hoping to teach an adapted version in the future (in Thailand to start, with hopes of offering it regionally). In addition to the excellent CCTI training, I also recommend Hands that Heal http://www.faastinternational.org/#/hands-that-heal/what-is-hth which is sometimes offered in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Also contact Relentless that offers medical training for human trafficking prevention, aftercare, etc. http://gorelentless.org/ I would love to hear more from you about your experiences in Sipsongpanna. I teach a course on Exclusion and Exploitation in the GMS and know that some of the sex trafficking victims come to Thailand from your area, and that there is a forced labor and other issues going on in the Burma/China border (esp. Kachin state), but I would love to hear more from someone who is there.

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