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  • Karina Velasco

    Karina has nine years of experience providing direct services to diverse and vulnerable populations that range from children to older adults. Karina obtained a dual-associate degree in General Studies and Mental Health from Montgomery College in 2013 and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017. Karina is licensed to practice Social Work in the State of Maryland. While attending school, Karina worked as an outreach specialist and case manager for youth at risk focusing in the areas of education, sex education, violence reduction and substance abuse. Later, she began her work with unaccompanied minors and survivors of human trafficking. She provided wrap-around services while facilitating intake and comprehensive assessments. She completed and coordinated referrals to the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) to obtain U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) certification. Karina has worked with the immigrant community in different capacities over the past decade, beginning with her work as a youth leader helping bring change and educational opportunities for undocumented students through the passage of the Maryland Dream Act. In the same manner, she conducted widespread regional outreach, organized and mobilized community members to advocate for social justice and human rights more specifically with individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Karina has received extensive yearly training in different areas such as case management, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, positive youth development, human development among other areas. Karina is currently the Rapid Response and Client Engagement case manager at the UMD SAFE Center. As the Rapid Response and Client Engagement case manager, she facilitates comprehensive and trauma-informed services to survivors of Human Trafficking.
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