Prior to retiring in 2014, Elizabeth Fildes served both as the head of the Western New York Human Trafficking Alliance and as the Program Director of Human Trafficking for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. In 2012, the U.S. State Department selected Ms. Fildes as an envoy to travel to Africa and assist local authorities in recognizing and preventing sex crimes against children. Currently, she serves as a consultant and provides technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
“We must treat sex trafficking as a violent crime because the victims experience countless hours of sexual abuse and psychological torture. The traffickers who recruit them intentionally seek them out for monetary gain and exploit them with no regard for their life or well-being.”