Director of Social Services, University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
Heidi Alvarez is the Director of Social Services at the University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors. In this capacity she provides holistic trauma-informed case management services to survivors of human trafficking as well as programmatic support for the center. She believes in having a trauma-informed and holistic service-oriented approach when advocating for and empowering survivors of human trafficking.
Prior to joining the SAFE Center, Ms. Alvarez provided case management and social services advocacy for victims of human trafficking, victims of torture, and asylum seekers at Polaris and at the University of Denver. Most recently, she oversaw a staff of social services coordinators at affordable housing properties in Washington, DC where she provided management and programmatic leadership to expand programs and services to residents.
Alvarez has a Master’s in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Connecticut College.