LSW, serves as the Aftercare Training and Research Development Specialist for International Justice Mission.
IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.
Ms. Steffen joined IJM in June 2009 as an Aftercare Fellow in Mumbai, India where she aided in the design and implementation of Aftercare programs for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. In August 2010, she transitioned to IJM’s headquarters in Washington, DC where she is currently based. In her current role, Ms. Steffen develops training resources for IJM field office Aftercare staff in 15 field offices and contributes to the design, monitoring and evaluation of IJM Aftercare programs globally.
Prior to joining IJM, Ms. Steffen served as a Pediatric Social Worker at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona where she participated in a multidisciplinary team to address the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children and their families and responded to cases of suspected child abuse. Ms. Steffen holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois and a MSW from Arizona State University.