Freedom Network Co-Chairs

 

Bill Bernstein, MS, LPC

Bill Bernstein is Deputy Director of Mosaic Family Services, an agency serving refugee and immigrant communities in the North Texas area. Bill directs the program at Mosaic that has served survivors of human trafficking since 2001, and has presented on the topic many times. The agency has a grant from the Department of Justice in collaboration with local Police Departments to provide comprehensive services to these clients, and provides case management, legal services, counseling and housing.  Bill is a founding member of the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Team, consisting of federal and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service providers. In March, 2011 Bill was sent to Brussels by the State Department for a meeting of 20 trafficking experts from the U.S. and E.U. He has served as the Chairperson of the Metroplex Refugee Network and twice served as Chairperson of the Domestic Violence Subcommittee for the Dallas County Community Plan. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who also originated the Multicultural Domestic Violence Program at Mosaic.

 

 

Kathleen Morris

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.

 

Ivy O. Suriyopas, Esq.

Ivy O. Suriyopas is an attorney and the Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). She provides legal representation, conducts community education and outreach, and engages in policy advocacy on human trafficking issues. This legal representation includes immigration assistance, criminal justice advocacy, and civil litigation for claims involving the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal and state laws. Ms. Suriyopas serves as a Freedom Network (USA) Co-Chair and a steering committee member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network. She co-authored the third edition of “Identification and Legal Advocacy for Trafficking Survivors” and the first edition of “Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual.” She is a recipient of the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Services Award. Her previous legal experience includes externships with the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins of the Northern District of California and the ACLU of Northern California. She served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and studied international human rights law in South Africa through Howard University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

 

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.