Shima Rostami is a Researcher and an Intern for SCCAT (St. Charles Outreach Coalition against HumanTrafficking). She is doctorate student at Lindenwood University. She obtained her Masters in Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University and her Bachelors of Science in Islamic Jurisprudence and Law- Tehran, Iran.
Lorraine Armenta recently completed her formal training as an MSW at Cal State University San Bernardino but her passion for working with victims of sexual exploitation began long before. Lorraine is a past presenter and is a SAMHSA-funded MFP-Y fellow selected by the Council on Social Work Education for 2015-2016.
Maureen Sheridan Kenny is a Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Human Trafficking Law Clinic at the law school. She specializes in providing legal services for juvenile and adult sex-trafficking survivors and in providing education and awareness
Bobbi Finn-Will is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toledo Criminal Justice Department. She has served as Director of Oregon Probation and as a Probation Officer for Toledo, Ohio. She is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Board member and serves on the Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force Municipal Court Committee.
Dr. Charles Hounmenou is an Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work, UIC. His research areas include human trafficking and human rights of detainees. Recently, Hounmenou conducted a three-country study of child prostitution in West Africa. His current research includes a study of characteristics of child prostitution in Chicago.
Graduated from Denison University, joined AACS in 2013; has lead and developed culturally specific trauma-informed care for victim services to better address issues which are lacking in the current criminal, social and legal services when working with domestic violence, sexual assaulted, elder abused and human trafficked victims.
Kirsten Stopher, LSW, RA, self-proclaimed student of people, is working to achieved her Masters in Social Work from the Ohio State University. Ms. Stopher has been blessed with the opportunity to walk alongside survivors of human trafficking for several years. She continues to walk alongside survivors through her internship at Amethyst, Inc. which includes many CATCH Court participants.
Danielle Haynes has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Studies from The Ohio State University. She earned her Master of Arts in Global International Relations while living abroad in Europe and China from Webster University. She has been on the committee for Toledo’s Take Back the Night for the past 3 years, and is an Outreach Advocate for the YWCA HOPE Rape Crisis Center.
Willie Knighten Jr., native of Toledo, Ohio, currently works in behavioral health, mentoring, and re-entry. Willie spent 13 years in prison before being exonerated by the late Judge Skow. He strongly advocates for responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage. Willie also has a Toledo TED talk and is an anti-gang activist.
Jason Haynes is a Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, where, among other things, I teach Human Rights Law. I completed my PhD on the International and European Law on Human trafficking, with special focus on the law and practice on human trafficking and Eastern Europe. I have published and made conference presentations on various aspects of anti-trafficking law and practice.
Donna Sabella is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with sex trafficking victims in correctional, substance abuse and residential treatment settings. She is also the Seedworks Endowed Professor for Nursing and Social Justice at UMass Amherst and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Human Trafficking.
JoAnn Streeter Shade has ministered in Salvation Army congregations and social service programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and counseled at North Coast Family Foundation. She earned a M.A. in pastoral counseling and a D.Min. in women's studies from Ashland Theological Seminary. She writes and teaches through Gracednotes Ministries.