FBI recognizes Dr. Abigail Judge for service to survivors of sex trafficking – NBC Boston

A local outreach director who helps victims of human trafficking was nationally honored today in Washington, DC

Dr. Abigail Judge received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in recognition of her service to sex trafficking survivors.

Dr. Judge, along with her colleague Sandra Andrade, helped establish Boston Human Exploitation and Trafficking, or HEAT, a collaborative program with the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit and Mass General Hospital.

FBI Director Christopher Wray today joined Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division, in honoring Dr. Judge at FBI Headquarters to emphasize the importance of community partnerships.

“Today we honor the dedication and commitment of Dr. Judge to work with us and the community to help victims escape this cycle of cruel abuse and provide them with access to vital resources. In the meantime, the FBI Boston Child Exploitation – Human Trafficking Task Force will continue working every day to bring the predators who brutalize them to justice,” said Cohen.

Dr. Judge and Andrade were featured last year in our award-winning series “Trapped and Trafficked,” which focuses on human trafficking in Massachusetts.

Building trust and helping victims overcome trauma is a crucial part of breaking the cycle of human trafficking.

We met them last week at their new drop-in center near Mass and Cass, which offers area women a safe place to get off the streets.

“I hope it inspires people to focus and understand the unique needs of individuals who are still trafficked, who are still cycling in and out of exploitative relationships and active addictions. It’s a unique population, and I think there’s a is one that is relatively overlooked that we would like to shed some light on.” said Doctor Judge.

Our “Trapped and Trafficked” series was also recently honored with a New England Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Report.