Freedom Network USA

Jean Bruggeman

Executive Director

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Jean Bruggeman is the Executive Director of Freedom Network USA, a national alliance of experienced advocates working with survivors of all forms of human trafficking to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity.  Most recently, Jean 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 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 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.