Andrea Powell (Executive Director) co-founded FAIR Girls in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Director. For the past 8 years, Andrea has led FAIR Girls’ efforts to prevent the trafficking of girls in the United States and in FAIR Girls’ global programs in Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Russia, and Uganda. In her current position at FAIR Girls, Andrea over-sees all operational, programmatic, and developmental aspects of FAIR Girls. Andrea currently serves as the FAIR Girls’ chief liaison to the D.C. Anti Trafficking Task Force and has trained hundreds of U.S. and international audiences, including federal and local law enforcement, service providers, state and federal policy makers, teachers, how to identify and assist child victims of sex and forced labor trafficking. In 2009, Ms. Powell served as co-investigator to a Department of Justice funded study on commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. Ms. Powell currently acts as an adjacent professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her efforts to stop the trafficking of youth have been featured in media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, Marie Claire, NightLine, The Katie Show, the BBC, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and Voice of America.
Andrea Powell (Executive Director) co-founded FAIR Girls in 2003 and currently serves as Executive Director. For the past 8 years, Andrea has led FAIR Girls’ efforts to prevent the trafficking of girls in the United States and in FAIR Girls’ global progr
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February 13, 2013
This week is meant to be a celebration of true love all around the world. We sneak flowers into our loved ones’ offices, send sweet notes to our grandmothers, host Valentine parties in school classrooms, and watch movies like The Princess Bride. Growing up, I knew that you “can’t buy love.” Sadly, I’ve met hundreds of girls who have been lured by men who pretended to love them and then sold them for sex. One of these girls is named Valerie. Actually, Valerie isn’t her real name. I don’t know her real name because I’ve never met her. It’s the name tattooed on her back, so I call her Valerie...
Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls Online: Dozens of Anti-Trafficking Experts Dispute Village Voice’s Claim That Its Efforts to Stop Sex Trafficking Are ‘Effective’December 3, 2011
On December 2nd, FAIR Girls (an agency I co-founded in 2003 to help find and empower high risk and exploited girls) and fifty-three leading anti-trafficking experts and organizations sent a letter to Village Voice Media demanding the immediate and permanent removal of the Adult section of its subsidiary’s Web site Backpage.com where advertisements placed by others have resulted in the sex trafficking of women and girls. FAIR Girls chose to sponsor this letter because we have worked with over 125 sex trafficked girls in the United States. Many were advertised by their traffickers on web sites...