Christine Balarezo is the Program Associate at Collective Liberty, a national human trafficking organization. She is a human trafficking scholar with ten years of experience in the field, and has expertise in mixed-methods trafficking and policy research. Christine began her career in academia serving as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Scholar, where she conducted fieldwork across Israel on its human trafficking policy. She has an interest in supporting research and advocacy on the trafficking of minorities, as well as the sexual exploitation of males. As a multicultural Latina and single mother, Christine is also passionate about working with and supporting vulnerable populations within human rights, higher education, and the mental health fields. She has volunteered in various capacities tutoring students, raising funds for refugees and asylees, teaching ESL to domestic abuse and human trafficking survivors, and serving as a crisis counselor. Christine received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Texas, and her M.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida. When she’s not working, she enjoys being a global nomad, cooking Peruvian and Asian food, spending time with her son, and walking their two dachshunds, Rusty and Gia.