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Maura B. Nsonwu North Carolina A & T State University, USA

Dr. Nsonwu is an Associate Professor and Interim Bachelor of Social Work Program Director at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in the Department of Sociology and Social Work.  Over the last two decades she has also held previous teaching and administrative positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and High Point University.  For over 25 years Maura has practiced as a clinician, educator and researcher in the areas of refugee resettlement, human trafficking, health care, child welfare and social work education.  Since 2004, Maura has been a Research Fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where her research has focused on working with refugee and immigrant communities and issues of human trafficking.  Her collaborative work, on a number of interdisciplinary projects, has been recognized as the recipient of awards.  She was the 2010 recipient of the Sister Gretchen Reintjes award which recognizes persons who have made outstanding contributions to refugee and immigrant communities.  Maura has conducted multiple funded research projects with co-authors Noël Busch-Armendariz and Laurie Cook Heffron, at the University of Texas at Austin in evaluating the delivery of social services to human trafficking victims and creating typologies of traffickers.  Their research team has presented at conferences throughout the United States and has numerous publications.  Maura lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, a Nigerian immigrant. They have three adult children ages 20, 21 and 24 years old.