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Amalia Paladino is a criminal justice doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College and two Masters en Route in Philosophy and Criminal Justice. Paladino is a graduate recipient of the Dean Harrison Award (2012-2013), the CUNY Writing Fellowship (2011-2012), and the Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2007-2012). She became interested in life-course trajectories and specifically the commercial sex market after conducting ethnographic work on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Atlantic City. Her dissertation is about the violent victimization over the life course of female and transgender sex workers. This project was awarded the PSCCUNY cycle 43 project grant in 2012, which enabled her to conduct in-depth interviews with over 34 female and transgender sex workers in New York City. She will present preliminary findings on narratives at the Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work Conference and the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference. In addition to her dissertation, she is collaborating with Damon Gergar on a series of projects on sex offender sentencing trends and social networks. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter with Amber Horning on ethical dilemmas of doing fieldwork with youth in US sex markets and a journal article with Jessica Boyd and Ric Curtis on youth¿s perspectives on staying in the sex market.

Amalia Paladino