Debra Boyer

Debra Boyer, PhD, is a Cultural Anthropologist whose career focus has been cultural norms related to systematic violence against women and children.  She has over 35 years of experience as the Principal Investigator of studies on runaway and homeless youth, and commercially sexually exploited youth and adults.  Dr. Boyer is also co-founder of the Committee for Children, which implements abuse prevention and social and emotional learning curricula across the globe.  Dr. Boyer is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington.  She has served as Research Director and Associate Director for YouthCare in Seattle, Washington.  She joined the Organization for Prostitution Survivors as a consultant in 2013 and was the executive director from 2014-18.  She currently operates her research practice, Boyer Research, in Seattle, Washington.