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Position Pieces

Vol 7 No 2 (2020): September 2020

PTSD or lack of love? For radical interdisciplinarity in global trafficking aftercare

DOI
https://doi.org/10.17157/mat.7.2.742
Submitted
September 8, 2019
Published
September 2, 2020

Abstract

In this Position Piece, I critically reflect upon some epistemological and political issues of interventions and intervention-oriented research in post-trafficking mental health care. I discuss three loci of friction within the framework of a critical global mental health approach to trafficking aftercare: ethnography, biomedical studies, and post-trafficking care. I address these loci through three case studies: two drawn from my own ethnographic fieldwork and one from a recent systematic review of biomedical studies on post-trafficking mental health. My discussion focuses on the limits of such activities when conducted as isolated interventions and highlights the need for radical interdisciplinary and participatory approaches.