Andrea Wojtak is a senior human trafficking expert and international legal consultant. She identifies operational, legislative, and policy gaps in country responses to human trafficking, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation of children and organized crime. Her work includes recommending reforms, developing and delivering training curricula, and analyzing and drafting anti-trafficking, and other related legislation.
As an expert for the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) initiative, Andrea and another expert, Wayne Hissong, are working collaboratively with the Public Service Directorate of Jordan (PSD) to strengthen the abilities of the PSD’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and other first-line responders. They will develop basic and advanced skills in identification of trafficking victims and investigations, which will include interviewing victims, implementing proactive investigative strategies, assessing risks to victims and operations, and implementing multi-disciplinary approaches to trafficking investigations.
Andrea has worked in the area of human trafficking for over 20 years, starting with an appointment as the human trafficking advisor for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo in 2002. Ever since, she has advocated the importance of victim-centered, trauma-informed, approaches to human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation.
Based in Ontario, Canada, Andrea started her legal career in criminal law first as duty counsel and then as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Canada before she switched to working on human trafficking and other projects with international organizations worldwide. She holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts from Western University.