Shima Rostami, Researcher

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.

2016Lora Meyersshima Rostami
Lorraine Armenta-Buelna

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.

Harold D'Souza

Harold D'Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking.Today, Harold is a Survivor, Advocate and Public Speaker. He is a founding member of the National Survivor Network, CAST. Harold has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Historic United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. 

2016Firas NasrHarold D'Souza
Firas Nasr

Firas Nasr is the Director of Communications at Human Trafficking Search. Firas has conducted research on sex trafficking in New York and continues his research in Washington, DC. He was previously a Humanity in Action fellow and an Independent Scholar in Human Rights at Middlebury College.

2016Lora MeyersFiras Nasr
Benjamin L. Corey, DIS

Benjamin L. Corey is an author and speaker whose work has regularly appeared in places such as TIME, Sojourners, and Patheos, among others. He is also a popular cultural commentator with interviews appearing with CNN, Huffington Post Live, and Sirius XM with John Fugelsang.

Maureen Sheridan Kenny, JD

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

Tawni Maisonneuve

Tawni Maisonneuve is a survivor and public speaker for victim awareness. She has served as the general manager to the Mayor of St. Cloud, MN.  She has also served as a Community Analyst to Senator Kleis and she has been a writer/poet and has provided peer support for victims.

Bobbi Finn-Will

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.

2016Lora MeyersBobbi Finn-Will
Charles Hounmenou

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.

Kathy Chen

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.

2016Lora MeyersKathy Chen
Kirsten Stopher, LSW, RA

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.

2016Lora MeyersKirsten Stopher
Danielle Haynes, MA

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.

2016Lora MeyersDanielle Haynes
Willie Knighten Jr, CDCA

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, LLB, LLM, PhD, PGCert, Dulta

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.

2016Lora MeyersJason Haynes
Donna Sabella, PhD. PMHNP-BC

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.

2016Lora MeyersDonna Sabella
JoAnn Streeter Shade, D.Min.

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.

Christopher Woeste, JD

Christopher Woeste is a Victims’ Rights Attorney at OCVJC. Chris graduated from Ohio State University earning a Master’s in Public Policy and law degree. Before joining OCVJC, Chris was a law clerk at Zeidan and Associates.

Elizabeth Well, JD

In 2013, Elizabeth joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. In her capacity as Legal Director, Elizabeth has worked to ensure that crime victims’ rights are upheld during the criminal justice process.

2016Lora MeyersElizabeth Well
Clarissa Grimes

Clarissa Grimes is a second-year law student at Michigan State University and has served as a legal intern for the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

2016Lora MeyersClarissa Grimes
Jeremy Norwood, PhD

Dr. Jeremy Norwood is Chair and Associate Professor in the the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice at Spring Arbor University. His current research focuses on human trafficking in venues such as Backpage, massage parlors, and migrant farmworker camps.

2016Lora MeyersJeremy Norwood