Co-Chair, National Survivor Network
Jess Torres (They/Them) is a queer indigenous migrant born in El Salvador, raised in NYC. An advocate in the anti-trafficking movement and the Survivor Leadership Program Coordinator at The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). Co-Chair of The National Survivor Network organizing a collective of over 250 human trafficking survivors and a local Los Angeles group called “Resilient Voices”. Jess is also a 2019 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow successfully passing their human trafficking initiative in the State of California. Jess has served as the Keynote Speaker for various national conferences and symposiums, recently recognized by the City of LA with a ‘Change Maker’ Award and given a Certificate of Recognition from the CA Senate in honor of “Outstanding Community Service” for their work as trainer with the California Department of Social Services. Jess is an independent consultant with various Federal and international agencies and owns a small soap business. Presently enrolled in the University of New Hampshire: Carsey School of Public Policy’s Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program for Fall 2020.