Freedom Network Executive Director
Jean Bruggeman most recently served as a Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime within the US Department of Justice. She supported OVC’s efforts to improve and expand access to legal and social services for crime victims, provided training and technical assistance to service providers and government agencies nationwide, and supported OVC’s intergovernmental efforts to improve services for victims of human trafficking. Jean has provided leadership in the development of the Federal Strategic Action Plan for Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, the first OVC Human Trafficking Survivor Forum, and the upcoming OVC video series, “The Faces of Human Trafficking.” Jean has over 15 years of victim services experience and expertise in nonprofit management, language access, immigration, human trafficking and domestic violence. She has developed comprehensive legal and social services programs for survivors, provided direct legal representation to survivors, authored training resources, developed an interpreter service to ensure access to legal services in the District of Columbia, and served as the Interim Executive Director of a non-profit in Washington DC. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Bryn Mawr College, and is a member of the DC and Maryland (inactive) bar associations. Jean can be contacted at email@example.com.
Freedom Network Board
Amy Fleischauer, LMSW is currently the Director of Survivor Support Services at the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB), a program that supports the efforts of survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence in their work toward safety and self-sufficiency. Grounded in the principals of trauma-informed care, harm-reduction and the battered women’s movement, IIB provides culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services to approximately 180 survivors from 45 different countries of origin each year. Ms. Fleischauer has served as the co-leader of the Western District of New York’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force since its inception in 2007. In addition, Ms. Fleischauer serves as the Director of Survivor Support Services for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium, providing training and technical assistance for organizations administering direct care to survivors of human trafficking across fourteen states.
Ms. Fleischauer is a consistent presenter and panelist at state and national conferences on topics including working effectively with law enforcement partners, trauma-informed case management, cultural competency, and managing large-survivor cases. She has a certificate in Trauma Counseling from the University of Buffalo and recently became certified by SAMHSA to train on the topic of “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses”. Ms. Fleischauer was awarded the 2010 FBI Directors Community Leadership Award and the 2009 New York State Governor’s Certificate of Recognition for her anti-trafficking efforts. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of Freedom Network USA, having held positions of Membership Co-Chair (2010-2013) and Conference Co-Chair (2013-2015).
Kathleen Morris is the Program Manager for the International Rescue Committee in Seattle’s anti-trafficking program, known as the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN). Led by the IRC in Seattle, WARN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations providing intensive case management and comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking in Washington State. Kathleen oversees client services and outreach provided by WARN, leads collaborative anti-trafficking efforts as co-chair of the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking along with the US Attorney’s Office and Seattle Police Department, provides technical assistance to professionals and attorneys serving human trafficking survivors, and helps survivors work through a myriad of issues they face. Kathleen also trains social service providers, law enforcement, attorneys, and others on human trafficking, identifying victims, and providing trauma-informed services to survivors. She has provided training throughout Washington State, nationally and internationally on responding to and serving victims and survivors of human trafficking. Kathleen also serves as Social Services Committee co-chair and Steering Committee Member of the Freedom Network, a national network of providers serving victims and survivors of human trafficking. Kathleen is dedicated to providing the best and most comprehensive services to ensure that survivors have every opportunity to build the lives they want. Kathleen works across organizations and sectors to share experiences and learn from colleagues in order to best serve WARN clients. Kathleen received her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and is licensed in New York.
Dan Werner serves as supervising attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s immigrant justice initiative, which combats workplace exploitation and other human rights abuses of immigrants. He is an expert on human trafficking law and the co-author of A Guide to Civil Litigation on Behalf of Victims of Human Trafficking. In 2015, Werner received a $14 million verdict in a human trafficking case brought on behalf of skilled Indian workers brought to the United States for forced labor. He has lectured and testified in the U.S., Europe, and Asia on issues affecting victims of human trafficking and other forms of severe labor exploitation. Previously, he co-founded the Workers’ Rights Law Center of New York with an Echoing Green fellowship after six years as a lawyer with Farmworker Legal Services of New York. Werner also has represented citrus workers in Florida under a NAPIL fellowship. He is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
Florrie Burke, M.Ed., MA, LMFT, FN Chair Emeritus
Florrie Burke is a consultant on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery to both governmental and non governmental agencies. She helped start the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon in New York City where she oversaw both the Anti Trafficking Program and the Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and is a founding member and currently Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network. Ms. Burke is on the steering committee of the NY Anti-Trafficking Network. She has done extensive training, speaking and consultation on Human Trafficking issues, trauma and torture both nationally and internationally. She serves as an Expert Witness on cases of Human Trafficking and she is a member of the Global Training Initiative on Human Trafficking at the UNODC in Vienna and has been part of three working groups developing materials for first responders and others who may encounter Human Trafficking. Ms. Burke has been working with trafficked persons since 1997 when she designed and implemented specialized social services to sixty deaf Mexicans who were held in slavery in a peddling ring in NYC. Ms. Burke also designed and implemented a model for Community Trauma Response following the attacks on September 11th. In 2007 Ms. Burke received the National Crime Victims Recognition Service Award from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. She has been honored by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and was awarded the Annual Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award by the Freedom Network USA.
Suzanne Tomatore, Esq.
Suzanne Tomatore is the Co-Director of Immigrant Justice Projects (IJP) at the New York City Bar Association’s City Bar Justice Center. Ms. Tomatore represents survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse and violent gender-based crimes in immigration and other civil legal matters and trains and mentors other attorneys to do so. She has trained community-based organizations, health-care providers, law enforcement and government officials, including international delegates from the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Program, on human trafficking. She has lectured on this topic across the United States and abroad, including Canada, Venezuela, Mongolia and the Philippines. Ms. Tomatore has participated in international delegations with the U.S. government to Warsaw and Brussels. She was a co-chair of the Freedom Network from 2011-2013 and she currently sits on the Network’s board as Treasurer. She is an active participant of multiple anti-trafficking task forces including the Brooklyn DA’s Human Trafficking Task Force. She is a founding member of the New York Anti-trafficking Network. Ms. Tomatore was an instructor in immigration law at the City University of New York Graduate Center School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining the City Bar, Ms. Tomatore was a recipient of the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship for implementing and directing the Immigrant Community Domestic Violence Project, hosted by CUNY School of Law Immigrant Initiatives in New York City.