Taylor’s teaching and research expertise are in the areas of violent crime, particularly lethal and non-lethal intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as social and institutional responses to violent crime, particularly the media. Most recently, her research has focused on human trafficking and other victimizations suffered by trafficking victims over the life course. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors at a local shelter for women and children for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and on a state board for sexual assault prevention. In addition, she serves on a state working group for sentencing reform, and has done policy-oriented research work with homelessness organizations in Louisiana and Florida.
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Studies the prevalence of trafficking among homeless and marginally-housed youth in New Orleans, Louisiana.