Andrea Sparks is the Director of the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team. The Team leads collaborative efforts to build sustainable capacity, enhance expertise, and promote policies to prevent child sexual exploitation, to help survivors heal and thrive, and to bring exploiters to justice. Since Andrea’s appointment by the Governor four years ago, Texas has become a national leader in developing trauma-informed coordinated care and services for child and young adult victims. In addition to building a continuum of survivor care in Texas, Andrea leads the Team’s efforts to prevent exploitation and to support the criminal justice system in holding exploiters accountable. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law and serving as a staff attorney at the Texas Supreme Court, Andrea represented children and families in child protection cases. She then served as the Director of Public Affairs for Texas CASA and Executive Director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Texas Regional Office.