Yvonne Chen Bio
Yvonne Chen is the Co-Chair of the Transportation Outreach Working Group for the National Outreach Survey for Transportation, under the USDOT Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award.
As the Director of Private Sector Engagement for ECPAT-USA, Ms. Chen ensures businesses and relevant stakeholders understand how human traffickers and child exploiters use business structures to exploit victims and help identify, develop, and/or deploy tools and best practices to protect children. Ms. Chen brings a unique perspective having been a live-in coordinator for a residential program for those who have experienced sex trafficking.
Ms. Chen is a fluent Mandarin speaker and national expert on working with East Asian communities trafficked in massage parlors. She has a decade of experience providing direct services to trafficked persons. She also has trained and educated tens of thousands of community members and professionals to understand human trafficking and identify trafficked people. Prior to coming to ECPAT-USA, Ms. Chen worked as a Supervising Program Manager at another anti-trafficking agency and has experience working with different refugee populations in the States and South Africa.