Jess Torres

Consultant, Survivor Leadership Program Manager, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Jess is the Survivor Leadership Program Coordinator at The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). Co-organizing a Los Angeles based survivor group called Resilient Voices and the National Survivor Network. A 2019 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow successfully passing their human trafficking prevention / foster care training bill (AB 865) in the State of California and their Title IV amendment (SB 493) in 2020. In addition to policy and leadership development work, Jess has served as a guest lecturer in academic spaces, a keynote speaker, trainer and presenter for various anti-trafficking efforts throughout LA County and the state of California. They were recognized by the City of LA with a ‘Change Maker’ Award and a Certificate of Recognition from the CA Senate in honor of “Outstanding Community Service” for their work as trainer with the CA Dept. of Social Service. Jess is also an independent consultant, collaborating with various Federal agencies (FBI, DOS-JTIP, DHS, HUD, HHS, DOT) and participating in a variety of national conferences and symposiums. They are currently a Master’s candidate in Community Development: Policy and Practice from the University of New Hampshire.