Jennifer Swain, Deputy Director, youthSpark
Jennifer Swain presently works as the Deputy Director for youthSpark, Inc. (formerly the Juvenile Justice Fund) where she oversees the strategic implementation of current programs and community education initiatives as well as manages other internal activities of the organization. Prior to the current position, Jennifer served as the Program Director where her influential vision aided in the development of youthSpark Voices, the unique early intervention program to reach girls deemed high-risk for trafficking involvement or who do not self-identify as victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
She speaks and trains various groups on the trafficking issue, as well as presenting at various local and national conferences on victim identification and early intervention. She has worked as a consultant with groups working to build community collaborations and strategies to address this problem. She is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force— serving on the Keeping At-Risk Youth Safe work group. Additionally, Swain provides expert witness testimony for DeKalb Superior Court cases.
Prior to her work in the non-profit world, Swain worked in programming and communications for FOX5/WZDX in Alabama and has experience working with youth through mentorship and her longtime volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with countless hours of specialized trafficking training & education from various federal and local agencies.