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Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Associate Vice President, Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health & Inclusion Center
Dr. Kevin Osten-Garner Blogs
for HuffPo on the Dominican Republic,
Sex Tourism and Privilege
08.20.14

Adler School faculty and clinical psychologists Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D., and Nataka Moore,Psy.D., along with students in their "Human Rights & International Immersion" course in partnership with Heartland Alliance, recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. There, they worked with community agencies on a number of fronts: creating community-level education & prevention interventions for internalized stigmas related to homophobia & heterosexism, domestic violence, and harm-reduction strategies for substance use and HIV.

From the Dominican Republican, Dr. Osten-Garner blogged for the Adler School and HuffPost about his observation of and reactions to the Dominican Republic's pervasive sex tourism industry.  "It breaks my heart to observe the sex workers here, to see young girls and women the same age as my nieces wooing white male tourists for sex in order to eat, to have a roof overhead or beds to sleep in, to care for a sick family member, to survive. A selfish part of me wishes I didn't know what I know," he writes.

Dr. Osten-Garner is Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Division of Community Engagement and Training, and Director of the School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center.

Click here to read "Sex tourism encounters in the Dominican Republic: Reflections as a white man of privilege."

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