I AM JASMINE STRONG Campaign Consultant
Andrea Powell is a private consultant and the founder of FAIR Girls, a D.C. headquartered nonprofit providing safe housing and innovative programming for young women and girls aged 11 to 26 who are survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Powell led the FAIR Girls’ team to create and open the only safe home for young survivors of human trafficking in the nation’s capital area. Powell has led crisis response teams where she assisted law enforcement and other frontline responders in finding and recovering survivors of human trafficking who were later offered safety and supportive services. Powell has developed and led trainings for local and federal frontline responders, including the FBI, child welfare agencies, schools, and U.S. Marshalls, on how to best identify and serve survivors of human trafficking. In 2008, Powell was the co-investigator for a Department of Justice funded study on the pathways of American youth into sex trafficking. This data was then used to create an internationally utilized prevention education program, Tell Your Friends, that has now educated 55,000 youth in 69 junior and high schools across the United States as well as state institutions in Bosnia, Russia, Serbia, and Uganda. In 2017, Powell joined D.C. Superior Court in co-designing an innovative court program that ensures detained and neglected youth in the court system are screened for trafficking and offered specialized court programming linking them to mentors, services, and a chance to break the cycle of the juvenile justice system in their lives.