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Karen Bryson

  • Hosted by Mosaic Family Services
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Dallas, Texas
  • Law school Syracuse University College of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Mosaic Family Services has been working with trafficked persons since 2001. In 2016 Mosaic Family Services implemented the Specialized Services for Victims of Trafficking Program with one primary attorney to complement other legal services. Since its creation, Mosaic Family Services has seen dramatic increases in requests from foreign national trafficked persons in our service areas, particularly immigration, including filing of T visas and advocacy for continued presence. This has also necessitated prioritization of victim rights representation in trafficking crime prosecutions in which specific rights violations and concerns have been identified, from reporting through restitution. The need for this type of assistance is only amplified in minor victims of human trafficking. Minor trafficking victims, particularly victims of sex trafficking, have unique specialized service needs. Mosaic Family Services personnel have observed that time is crucial in meeting with youth survivors in order to gain trust and begin educating, empowering and motivating youth to adhere to service plans. Specialization in the dynamics of trafficking and legal needs of victims, in addition to youth rights, is crucial in this work. 

Karen Bryson is dedicated to serving victims of crime.  She previously worked on the Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault project prior to joining Equal Justice Works Fellowship with Mosaic Family Services. She worked with victims of trauma and would like to continue to serve underrepresented populations. This Fellowship allowed Karen to create maximum impact in the growing fight against human trafficking. Karen’s role provided screening and education to victims of human trafficking, with a focus and specialty in serving sex trafficked minors. She also provided advocacy and direct representation to survivors who were involved in a criminal investigation or wished to report human trafficking crimes, as well as survivors with meritorious claims arising out of trafficking victimization. In addition, Karen conducted outreach and training to community partners and stakeholders. 

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