Our Amazing Team
All staff are trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), Motivational Interviewing®, and have been certified to conduct the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool (CSE-IT®).
Erin Barry: President & CEO
Erin is responsible for ensuring the successful day-to-day operations of the Youth Center. She conducts public trainings and presentations on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY), represents the Youth Center in the Governor’s Office Child Sex Trafficking Investigations and Care Coordination Multi-Disciplinary Teams, is Co-Chair of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking (AACAT), and a Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner. Erin is most proud to be able to provide legal advocacy for the Youth Center’s victims of CSEY. She is a member of the Juvenile Section of the State Bar of Texas. Prior to leading the Youth Center program, Erin served as in-house counsel for the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department and is a former Bexar County Assistant District Attorney of the Juvenile Division. Her volunteer work includes the Hidalgo Foundation Board of Bexar County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chicago, Childhaven of Seattle, the Blue Ribbon Task Force of San Antonio, the St. PJ’s Children’s Home Board, the Heart Gallery of San Antonio board, and the Bexar County Child Welfare Board.
Alexandria: Chief Case Manager
Alexandria has worked at the drop-in center program since its inception in October 2017. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. Alex has over 6 years of experience working with survivors of trauma. Her experience as a Common Thread advocate has provided the Youth Center staff with invaluable insight and knowledge about the CSEY victim, including the Stages of Change and how they affect a victim’s ability to permanently leave his/her perpetrator.
Jessica, LPC-Associate: Clinical Case Manager
Jessica obtained her Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has over five years of experience working with youth that are survivors of abuse and neglect. Jessica provides clinical assessments and long-term clinical services to Youth Center clients and guides the Case Management team in implementing effective long-term services that support successful outcomes.
Valeria: Case Manager
Valeria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has over 8 years of experience working with at-risk youth and their families, helping connect them with wraparound services for long-term support. Valeria is an effective and resourceful Case Manager with the innate ability to establish meaningful and prosocial relationships while empowering the youth. Her knowledge of statewide resources for victims is an invaluable resource to the Youth Center program.
Taylor: Case Manager
Taylor has over 2 years of experience working with youth who have experienced extreme trauma. She is skilled at building strong relationships with victims and is able to utilize the trust-based relationship to meet our clients’ needs. Taylor is currently in training to become a Certified Yoga Instructor, which will become an integral part of the Youth Center program.
Kayla: Case Manager
Kayla obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kayla is a former Rape Crisis Center advocate and has over 2 years of experience working with survivors of sexual exploitation. Kayla is extremely driven and passionate about victim advocacy and case management services for survivors of trauma.
Matthew: Asst. Case Manager
Matthew obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. He has more than a year of experience working with children from bad places in a variety of settings. Matthew is skilled at maximizing the time he has with each youth to assist them with their identified needs.
Carolina: Asst. Case Manager
Carolina obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Austin Peay State University. She has more than a year of experience working with youth and their families. Carolina is skilled at identifying and creating referrals to community resources, and at providing a nurturing environment for CSEY victims.