Karen serves as the Survivor Services and Training Manager supporting the Strategic Initiative to end the Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls from Mexico (STFM). In her role, Karen is responsible for supporting service providers nationally in accessing the tools and training necessary to respond to these cases in a culturally competent and trauma-informed manner. Additionally, she drives the initiative’s efforts engaging survivors and ensuring that they inform the initiative at every level.
Karen comes to Polaris with a history in direct service provision and program management in the areas of mental health, residential services, and empowerment programs. She received a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah. As a native Spanish speaker, Karen had the opportunity to work with survivors of sexual assault as a bilingual therapist. She went on to direct the Women in Jeopardy Program, a residential program for victims of domestic violence in Utah. Most recently, Karen served as the Director of Social Services for Ayuda, a D.C. organization assisting foreign national victims and survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, as well as unaccompanied minors.