Indicators of Human Trafficking and Treatment
About the Speakers
Laura Ardito, Esq., Deputy Director, has worked on human trafficking issues for over a decade from a direct services, programmatic, and policy perspective. As a senior associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, she built her pro bono practice around legal immigration service provision to survivors of human trafficking and other human rights violations. Ms. Ardito is a graduate of Cornell University and American University Washington College of Law.
Heidi Alvarez, M.A. is the Director of Social Services at the University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking survivors. In this capacity Ms. Alvarez oversees the provision of case management services and support to survivors of human trafficking. She believes in having a trauma-informed and holistic service-oriented approach when advocating for and empowering survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Alvarez has earned a Master’s degree in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Connecticut College.