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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Milwaukee Claudine O’Leary

Director Comey and Claudine O’Leary

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The Milwaukee Division honors Claudine O’Leary, a survivor of human trafficking and founder of Rethink Resources, a Milwaukee-based resource for victims of human trafficking.

Twenty years after being trafficked at a young age, Ms. O’Leary is passionate about Rethink Resources’ focus on issues affecting youth and adults involved in human trafficking, including outreach, advocacy, and group education, as well as issues of sexual violence—from sexual abuse and assault to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. After starting a support group in Chicago that turned into the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, Ms. O’Leary moved to Milwaukee, where she has been working to educate youth about the sex trade and other difficult topics like dating and sexual violence.

In 2013, Ms. O’Leary co-authored and co-researched two reports for the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission on sex and human trafficking. She was also appointed to the City of Milwaukee Health Department to coordinate a citywide planning process to improve resource systems and community response to sexual violence. As an independent consultant regarding human trafficking issues, Ms. O’Leary works with multiple non-profit social service organizations throughout the Midwest to enhance understanding of the issues and how to effectively and respectfully respond to victims and their families.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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