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Wilhelmina De Castro - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Wilhelmina De Castro Wilhelmina De Castro

Adjunct Lecturer | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Licensed clinical social worker, focusing on the development of multidimensional programs that address human trafficking


Wilhelmina De Castro is a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct faculty member.

She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and a master’s degree in social work from USC. After graduation, she continued her clinical practice by providing home and school-based mental health services to some of the most impacted communities in Los Angeles. She spends a large part of her time managing transitional housing programs for former foster and probation youth, as well as developing programs for transitional-age youth and girls and women of color.

De Castro has trained and practiced international social work in Southeast Asia and Central and South America. Her domestic and international work have focused on addressing and eradicating forces that contribute to human trafficking, specifically the trafficking of girls and women. She has partnered with a number of nonprofit organizations to develop multidimensional programs that address the complex nature of domestic and international trafficking.

Operating from an empowerment framework, she is trained in several evidence-based practices that address complex trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression and psychosis.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: MSW

University of California, Riverside: BA

Areas of Expertise (4)

Domestic Violence

Human Trafficking

Transitional Housing Programs

Complex Trauma

Industry Expertise (7)

International Affairs

Program Development




Public Policy

Health and Wellness