Karen McLaughlin is an internationally recognized expert in victim assistance. She has pioneered the development of state, national and international victim assistance programs. As the director of the Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking, she coordinated 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and non governmental organizations in their efforts to rescue victims, investigate and prosecute cases of those who engage in this growing international slave trade. In the international arena, in 2008 Ms. McLaughlin was elected to the International Scientific Professional and Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.