Karen Romero is the Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI) Director.
The Training Institute develops and delivers high-quality training and technical assistance to human trafficking programs and allied fields. Karen joined Freedom Network USA with a history in direct service provision and program management in the areas of human rights and immigrant rights.
Karen is a native Spanish speaker who worked with survivors of sexual assault as a bilingual therapist at Utah’s Rape Recovery Center, where she was trained in EMDR. She went on to direct the YWCA Utah domestic violence shelter and oversaw a team of case managers as well as provided therapy to survivors of domestic violence. Later, she served as the Social Services Director for Ayuda, an NGO based in DC, serving survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, and unaccompanied minors. Most recently, Karen worked at Polaris as the Training and Survivor Services Manager. Karen received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.