Heather C. Fischer is the senior advisor for human rights crimes at Thomson Reuters Special Services. Fischer currently serves on the Thomson Reuters Special Services Executive Leadership Team, informing its work on the intersection of national security and human rights crimes, including human trafficking and child exploitation. Additionally, she leads the company’s strategy to promote Women, Peace and Security.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters Special Services, Fischer most recently served as the U.S. Government’s White House special advisor for human trafficking. In her capacity as the Human Trafficking Czar, she coordinated the Executive Office of the President and the 20 federal agencies on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Previously, Fischer also served as special advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department. Before her government roles, Fischer held advisory roles at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and at Love146, a global nonprofit dedicated to combating child sex trafficking and exploitation.
Today, Fischer is an advisor to the United Nations Order of Malta and the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (WIFLE). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as the board chairperson of the Freedom Collaborative.
Fischer is a recent recipient of the prestigious Eisenhower USA Fellowship. She is currently a candidate in the Executive Master of International Relations program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Fischer holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Liberty University.