Director – Professor Claude d’Estrée (M.T.S., J.D.)
Professor d’Estrée is the Director of the Korbel School’s Human Trafficking Center and the Director of the International Human Rights Degree Program. He is also the Director of the Center on Rights Development and the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program of International Law & Human Rights with the Sturm College of Law. He has worked on human trafficking issues since 1999, advising on policy, law, advocacy and scholarly endeavors and has taught and lectured extensively on the topic for over 10 years. He began his work on human trafficking issues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and has served as the Special Rapporteur for UN.GIFT (UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) and as Senior Advisor to the Colorado State Legislature Task Force on Human Trafficking. In 2012 he was a Fellow at Yale University’s Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
Associate Director – Dr. Oliver Kaplan (Ph.D. Stanford University)
Dr. Kaplan oversees the center’s research program. He is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University as an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. His book project, “Civilian Autonomy in Civil War,” examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence and received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines where he has worked with community leaders, displaced individuals, sex workers, ex-combatants (including former child soldiers), NGOs, and government officials. His research has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Interest.
Graduate Student Staff
Research Projects Manager – Jeanne Crump is an M.A. Candidate in International Development with concentrations in microfinance and microenterprise development. She earned a B.S. in Anthropology at James Madison University in 2008 with a concentration in cultural studies. Jeanne is a part of the research team at HTC and has particular interest in assessing how targeted microfinance programs can help alleviate human trafficking. She previously worked as a Communications Specialist for an educational non-profit, and has over 5 years of marketing and media experience.
Clinic and Center Manager – Otilia Enica is an M.A. Candidate in International Human Rights with an Interdisciplinary Certificate in International Law and Human Rights and a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. Raised in Sweden it was there that she was taught the indisputable importance of human rights and introduced to the issue of human trafficking. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During this time she conducted research on trafficking policy in North Carolina and patterns on a North Carolina escort website. Otilia helped create and lead the first student anti-trafficking group on campus, Carolina Against Slavery and Trafficking. She works with the HTC’s research and advocacy teams.
Marketing and Communications Director – Rex Hamaker is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. He graduated summa cum Laude from Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in French, German, and Education before continuing to Old Dominion University where he completed an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. After teaching English in Saudi Arabia for five years, Rex is furthering his studies at the University of Denver while managing the HTC’s online presence as well as communications. He is an intern with Praxus.
Human Trafficking Index Project Manager – Kara Napolitano is an M.A. candidate in International Development with concentrations in International Human Rights Law and Refugee Protection. She earned a B.A. in Forest Management with a Certificate in Native American Studies from Colorado State University and a M.A. in Agroforestry from the University of Florida. Before deciding to further her studies at the University of Denver, Kara spent eight years traveling and volunteering in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia working mostly with education based NGO’s in post-conflict areas. She is currently working at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, a research-based non-profit in Denver, CO.