Samantha Thomas, MA

Samantha Thomas is a researcher with Human Trafficking Search. Samantha holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University and a MA in security studies from Georgetown University. Her interests include public opinion formation and social network analysis. Her current research focuses on the history of slavery at American universities.

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2016Lora MeyersSamantha Thomas
Mohammad Ashraful Alam

Mohammad Ashraful Alam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Police Science at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University. He is a founding member Human Trafficking Global Organization, and is member of the World Society of Victimology. He has presented papers in the USA, Australia, Japan and Bangladesh

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Tanisha L. Knighton, M. C.J, PhD

Dr. Tanisha L. Knighton is an independent consultant and national trainer, has over 17 years of combined social work experience with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services and the Missing Persons Unit for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. She provides training on a plethora of topics for various agencies and national conferences.

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Theresa Flores, LSW

Ms. Flores is a best selling author, survivor and licensed social worker. She has received many awards for her work including the Courage Award from Governor Kaisch. Her story has been featured on the Today Show, America's Most Wanted, Night line and many more. Her work includes trainings, survivor retreats, and SOAP.

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2016Lora MeyersTheresa Flores
Serpent Libertine

Serpent Libertine, former sex worker and current sex worker rights activist, began organizing with Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)-Chicago in 2006 and started SWOP-MI as well. She is the current North American representative for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. She currently works as a social worker in Chicago.

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Lindsay Blewett, MA

Lindsay is a long-time sex worker and activist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds an MA in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies from York University, and is currently in her second year of the PhD program of the same name. She is the former vice-chair of Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist (POWER).

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2016Lora MeyersLindsay Blewett
Sherry Tripepi, MSW, LISW-S

Sherry Tripepi, MSW, LISW-S, is an Associate Lecturer in the Social Work Program at The University of Toledo. She received her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor in the State of Ohio. Her experience spans over 30 years.

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2016Lora MeyersSherry Tripepi
Steve Mentrek

Steve Mentrek is the Executive Director with SuperSchade’s Foundation. He has assisted young women with developmental disabilities, being sexually trafficked, and worked with the options through Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Through his experiences he has identified major gaps in how to support victims of sex trafficking with developmental disabilities.

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2016Lora MeyersSteve Mentrek
Pat Stephens

Pat Stephens is the Director of Provider Supports Department at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has a Master’s in Education, eight years’ experience in the Mental Health and 19 in the DD field. She is a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and PATH program.

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2016Lora MeyersPat Stephens
Christopher Stollar

Christopher Stollar is a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism. He conducted more than three years of research on sex trafficking for The Black Lens, a dark literary thriller that exposes the underbelly of sex trafficking in rural America. For more information, please visit

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Joseph Osuigwe, Executive Director

Joseph Osuigwe holds a Bachelor of Education. He is an anti-human trafficking advocate, author and researcher. He has been in the forefront of combating human trafficking in Nigeria through advocacy and training. Joseph has educated over 4000 young people and stakeholders on how to prevent human trafficking.

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2016Lora MeyersJoseph Osuigwe
Erin Thompson

Erin joined the SSA in 2001 upon graduation from the University of Toledo. She started her career as a Claims Representative, specializing in Retirement, Survivors, Disability, and Health Insurance. Erin became a Social Security Administration Public Affairs Specialist in 2004, and is the primary contact for presentations for the agency in the Toledo area.

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2016Lora MeyersErin Thompson
Katie Bush, MA, RN, CEN, SANE-A

Katie Bush, MA, RN, CEN, SANE-A, spent over 10 years working as a court advocate helping victims of domestic violence, assault, menacing and stalking. She is a registered nurse working towards her nurse practitioner degree. Her focus areas include simulation education, emergency nursing, disaster medicine, and forensic nursing.

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2016Lora MeyersKatie Bush
Barbara J. Condo

Barbara Condo, Founder of One Way Farm, has forty years’ experience of breaking the cycle of abuse, abandonment and trafficking in 10,000 children. She is trained in legal, moral and family ethics and has received 30 awards for ethics and community service. Ms. Condo authored a book recounting her own abusive childhood.

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Stephanie Huntley, BA

Stephanie Huntley is a school counseling graduate student at Bowling Green State University. As a graduate assistant with interests in this area, Ms. Huntley works with Dr. Rose on these issues and has experience providing such trainings at the regional level.

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Ashley Wickerham-Cutcher, MSW

Mrs. Wickerham-Cutcher is a masters-level social worker, and the Associate Director of the University of Toeldo’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. Co-chair of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition’s Protocols Committee, Mrs. Wickerham-Cutcher is also a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission’s Research & Analysis committee.

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Jared Rose, PhD, LPCC, NCC

Dr. Jared Rose is an Assistant Professor in Bowling Green State University’s counseling program, and a Licensed Clinical Counselor & National Certified Counselor in private practice. He has extensive experience in investigating, training, and treatment on the sexualization of children, the mental health issues that arise, and the connection with human trafficking.

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2016Lora MeyersJared Rose
Melissa Brockie, MSW

Melissa Brockie has her MSW and is a Director at a homeless youth servicing agency in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been engaged in anti-trafficking efforts over the last six years working directly with clients, research and program development. She runs Starfish Partnerships, a peer mentorship program for survivors of trafficking.

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2016Lora MeyersMelissa Brockie
Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S

Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S is the Director of Professional and Community Services for The Salvation Army of Central Ohio. Michelle is responsible for The Army’s workforce development, basic needs, and anti-human trafficking services in Central Ohio. She serves as the Chair of the Victims Services Committee on the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, as well as coordinates the Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition.

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2016Lora MeyersMichelle Hannan