Freedom Network Co-Chairs
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.