Our Mission

Free to Thrive empowers survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and to thrive by providing them with legal services and connections to other supportive services.

Our Story

 

Free to Thrive started with a question:

What more can be done to help human trafficking victims in San Diego?

When attorney Jamie Quient would ask that question to individuals working to support victims, she repeatedly heard the same answer: We need lawyers.

“We all have a role to play in the fight against human trafficking,” Jamie says, and she knew hers.

Jamie began her anti-trafficking efforts as an active member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego—eventually serving as its president—by spearheading the creation of a Human Trafficking Collaborative (HTC) focused on three discrete needs: legal and community education, policy advocacy, and survivor support. HTC has grown to over 250 members and now produces regular trainings for attorneys and community members and an annual Legislative Roundtable.  Through its advocacy efforts, HTC spearheaded the passage and signing of a California vacatur law (Penal Code 236.14) that provides restorative justice to human trafficking victims by removing any trace of related criminal charges from their record.

Jamie also began taking on pro bono cases while working full-time at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, the largest San Diego-based law firm.  Through her volunteer and pro bono work, Jamie came to realize that she needed to do more. Thus Free to Thrive was born, working to bring San Diego’s lawyers, law firms and law schools together to help address this serious need.

Free to Thrive works hand in hand with community organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, and law firms to ensure human trafficking survivors can live the lives they always dreamed of living. It’s a fulfillment of what inspired Jamie to become a lawyer.

“My whole purpose in going to law school was that I wanted to help people,” she says. With Free to Thrive, she’s inspiring a movement of like-minded attorneys to do likewise.

Board Members and Staff

Jamie Quient

President & Managing Attorney

Jamie Quient is the President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of all forms of human trafficking in their journey to becoming thrivers, while providing hands-on experiential...

Meghan Spieker

Chair and Treasurer

Meghan O’Ryan Spieker is outgoing Co-Chair of the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s Human Trafficking Collaborative, a national award-winning strategic initiative that brings together a diverse cross-section of lawyers and community leaders to execute programming and activities...

Katherine Braner

Vice Chair

Katherine Braner is the Chief Deputy of Development and Training for the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. With over twenty-three years of criminal defense litigation experience, she has been a staunch advocate for protecting...

Mehry Moseni

Secretary

Mehry Mohseni is a native San Diegan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Mehry was previously a Program Assistant for the National...

Ashley Rodriguez

Board Member

Ashley Rodriguez supports resource development at CPI, managing grants, individual giving, and special events. She also is the Board Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego, and is a board member of the Sherman Heights...

Patrick Ross

Board Member

Patrick’s entrepreneurial career covers the gamut of strategic and corporate communications. Currently leading external communications for Procopio, the largest firm in San Diego, he previously served five years in Washington, D.C., as a senior...

Our Allies

Serving human trafficking survivors is a team effort. Free to Thrive proudly works with a wide range of nonprofits, government agencies, and law firms to best serve the survivor community.

Law enforcement and government agencies

We work with a wide range of government agencies to support our clients in their efforts to thrive.

  • Office of the San Diego County District Attorney
  • Office of the Primary Public Defender
  • Office of the San Diego City Attorney
  • Office of the United States Attorney, Southern District of California
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • San Diego County Courts
  • San Diego County Probation
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • San Diego Police Department and police departments in cities throughout San Diego County
  • San Diego Regional Human Trafficking Task Force
  • San Diego Unified School District

Community organizations

We coordinate with numerous community organizations with a shared commitment to survivor empowerment.

  • Alabaster Jar Project
  • American Bar Association Survivor Reentry Project
  • Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
  • Children of the Immaculate Heart
  • Employee Rights Center
  • Freedom from Exploitation
  • GenerateHope
  • Hidden Treasures Foundation
  • La Maestra Community Health Centers
  • North County Lifeline
  • San Diego Employment Solutions
  • San Diego Youth Services
  • Survivor Leader Network of San Diego

Law firms

We benefit from pro bono work by individual attorneys at a wide variety of firms, with some of those firms also providing financial or in-kind support.

  • Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
  • Galente Law APC
  • Gomez Trial Attorneys
  • Jones Day
  • Klindenst P.C.
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Stark & D’Ambrosio, LLP
  • The Cabrera Firm
  • Wingert Grebbing Brubaker & Juskie, LLP