Dixie Hairston, MSSW

Dixie Hairston, MSSW

Research Project Manager

Dixie Hairston, LMSW, is a project manager at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Dixie coordinates the Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project for Texas, a research project funded by the Office of the Governor of Texas, Child Sex Trafficking Team. Dixie has experience in child sex trafficking prevention and intervention policy advocacy and policy analysis as well as case management with youth preparing to age out of the foster care system. In her spare time, you can usually find Dixie on her yoga mat, hiking or planning her next trip.

Professional Interests

Child sex trafficking prevention and intervention, policy advocacy, youth in the foster care system, homeless youth.


  • Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas Austin


John W. Hargis Hall (JHH)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1823 Red River St. 1.116
STOP D3510
Austin, TX 78712