Susan Coppedge

Ambassador Susan Coppedge is Senior Counsel with the law firm of Krevolin & Horst.  

Susan was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State, serving from 2015 to 2017.  While Ambassador, Susan worked on behalf of trafficking victims by engaging with foreign governments and U.S. federal agencies to increase efforts in prosecution, protection and prevention, and by partnering with non-governmental organizations and businesses.  She also oversaw the annual production of the Trafficking in Persons Report.

Susan served for 15 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases including trying 21 jury trials. Over her career, Susan indicted 49 human traffickers in cases involving domestic sex trafficking of adults and minors, international sex trafficking of adults and minors, and labor trafficking. Overall, 93 victims were assisted, and the perpetrators brought to justice. Susan also served as the office’s Human Trafficking Coordinator, has trained law enforcement, and worked extensively with anti-trafficking NGOs.  

Ambassador Coppedge began her legal career clerking for then Chief Judge William C. O’Kelley in the Northern District of Georgia, then entered the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division through the Honors Program. A native of Dalton, Georgia, Ambassador Coppedge obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and her law degree from Stanford University.  Susan lives with her two children in Atlanta, GA.

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