Deputy District Attorney, Office of San Diego District Attorney, San Diego, CA
Mary-Ellen Barrett has been a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney for over 25 years prosecuting a variety of cases from theft to murder. Ms. Barrett is the chair of the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council which is responsible for developing best practices to combat human trafficking. At the DA’s office, she handles all petitions to clear the criminal records of survivors and is assigned to the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective which provides anti-trafficking education to San Diego’s public schools. Ms. Barrett sits on the National District Attorney’s Advisory Board on Human Trafficking. Ms. Barrett has previously received the statewide prosecutor of the year award from the California Narcotics Officers Association and other awards for her work in promoting the rights of victims and survivors including, an “Angel of Trafficking Award” from the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and the “Client Advocate of the Year” award from North County Lifeline.