Marie Sazehn

Director of Advocacy

Marie joined STSM as the Director of Advocacy in August of 2019. In this role, she oversees the legal advocacy efforts of the organization, which includes court accompaniment for survivors and education about options for understanding and navigating legal systems.

Marie received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College summa cum laude in 2007 and her law degree from Elon University School of Law in May of 2013. She was licensed to practice law in South Carolina in November of 2013. Marie started with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office that same year with the main responsibilities of creating and developing a new human trafficking program and managing the statewide South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. Marie spoke and trained on human trafficking at over 150 events throughout the state and collaborated with the task force to write and release the South Carolina State Plan to Address Human Trafficking in 2014. Marie prosecuted domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct, and human trafficking cases during this time as well, and was a part of the team that secured the first state-level human trafficking convictions under the new law. She also directed the domestic violence program at the Attorney General’s Office including planning events like the annual Silent Witness ceremony. Marie joined the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division starting in 2016, working alongside the ICAC task force and prosecuting child exploitation and illicit file sharing cases. In 2017, Marie started with the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office as an Assistant Solicitor handling juvenile cases in family court, and eventually moved to prosecuting General Sessions level cases to include stalking, child physical abuse, and criminal sexual conduct matters.