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Elizabeth Fildes

Independent Consultant
Retired Law Enforcement
Hamburg, NY, USA


Mrs. Elizabeth Fildes served as a Spanish speaking Erie County Deputy Sheriff for 33 years. During her time with the Sheriff’s office she worked in the Erie County Holding Center, City Court and the County Court.  She is also a certified Bilingual Elementary Education school teacher and has a Master’s degree in International Business Management from D’Youville College.  While working as a Deputy, she was assigned as the Program Director for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to the Human Trafficking Task Force.  As Program Director she trained law enforcement officers in the Western New York District, and assisted in gathering intel and in the interviewing process of potential victims. In addition, she was also a member of the NYS DCJS Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking, and has been deemed an expert on the topic of human trafficking by the U.S. State Department.  Deputy Fildes has trained government, law enforcement, non- government organizations and media in Guatemala, Ecuador, Africa and Canada.  Currently she is a private consultant and continues to teach law enforcement, community groups, and college students.

Deputy Elizabeth Fildes has received numerous awards and recognition for her outstanding service and commitment to the field of law enforcement including but not limited to the: 2011 62nd Annual Buffalo News Outstanding Citizen Award; 2012 Award for her Humanitarian efforts from Daemen College along with 2012 Police Officer of the Year from the Erie County Bar Association for her dedicated work in her community; 2014 Women of Character, Courage and Commitment award from the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.  She was also one of the founders of United Hands of Hope House a future home for victims of human trafficking. In 2013 Deputy Fildes was selected as one of New York’s New Abolitionists which is a groundbreaking photography project that celebrates and promotes leadership in the movement to end modern day slavery in New York.

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