Karen Romero is the Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI) Director. The Institute develops and delivers high quality training and technical assistance on human trafficking. Karen leads the FNTI Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) which addresses access to housing for human trafficking survivors. Karen joined has a history of direct service provision and program management in the areas of human rights including violence against women and immigrant rights. She received her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah. Karen is a native Spanish speaker who worked with survivors of sexual assault as a bilingual therapist at Utah’s Rape Crisis Center. She went on to direct a residential program for victims of domestic violence at the YWCA Utah and later served as the Social Services Director for Ayuda in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Most recently Karen worked at Polaris on the strategic initiative to address the sex trafficking of women and girls from Latin America.