Karen Romero is the Freedom Network Training Institute Director. The Institute develops and delivers high quality training and technical assistance to human trafficking programs on serving survivors of trafficking, including access to housing. Karen joined Freedom Network USA with a history in direct service provision and program management in the areas of human rights including violence against women and immigrant rights. She received her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah. Karen is a native Spanish speaker and worked with survivors of sexual assault as a bilingual therapist at Utah’s Rape Crisis Center.

She went on to direct a domestic violence shelter for women and children and later served as the Social Services Director for Ayuda, supervising a team of case managers and therapists serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Most recently Karen worked at Polaris on the strategic initiative to address the sex trafficking of women and girls from Latin America.