Jennifer Swain serves as the Executive Director for youthSpark, Inc. (formerly the Juvenile Justice Fund) where she oversees the strategic development and implementation of the organization’s mission. Joining the team in 2008, Jennifer has served in several capacities where her influential vision aided in the development youthSpark’s early intervention model for youth experiencing exploitation and abuse, as well as their Youth Services Center based inside the Fulton County Juvenile Court, the largest juvenile court in the Southeast. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the issue of youth sexual exploitation, as well as presenting at various local and national conferences on victim identification and early intervention. She routinely offers technical assistance to groups and child-serving systems working to build community collaborations and strategies to address this problem locally, nationally, and globally. She is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force and also provides expert witness testimony for local Superior Court trafficking cases. Additionally, Ms. Swain is a Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow at Georgetown University where she is leading a collaborative effort to enhance the well-being of system-involved LGBTQ+ youth in Fulton County. In 2018, she was named the City of Atlanta’s first “Amazing Atlantan” by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, highlighting nonprofit leaders working to make a difference in the community.
Human Trafficking and the Black LGBTQ+ Community: Identifying and Protecting the Margins