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Human Trafficking Center


Faculty Staff

9805344695_7fb0c2d6d9_hDirector – 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.



KaplanAssociate 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

amber-pic-1-of-1Graduate Associate Director – Amber Moffett is an M.A. candidate in International Development with specializations in Forced Migration and Security. She just spent her summer in Geneva, Switzerland as a Humanitarian Assistance Fellow in Duke University’s summer Global Policy and Governance program where she interned for the International Organization for Migration. Her research interests include international policy and trafficking laws, the effects of migration policy on human trafficking, vulnerability of displaced persons, gender studies, and human security. She received her B.A. in Theatre, Film and Television from University of Colorado.



rachel-pic-1-of-1Events Coordinator – Rachel Dyussengaliyev is an M.A. Candidate in International Human Rights with a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. Her research interests include refugee protection and human rights in Central Asia. She earned her B.S. in Communications at University of the Cumberlands.






lise_picture_newHistorian – Lise Ehlinger is an M.A. Candidate in International Security with a Certificate in International Law and Human Rights. Lise is focusing her studies on Homeland Security and Strategic Intelligence. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security from Virginia Commonwealth University.






catie-picture-1-of-1Projects Manager – Catie Fowler is an M.A. candidate in International Studies with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance.  As a student at Korbel, her passions include disaster response, gender, and conflict.  She believes strongly in an empowerment model to assistance and hopes to lead to a career that emphasizes resilience and survivor/community empowerment at its core.  As Projects Manager, Catie works to organize a variety of HTC’s research, including ongoing library and taxonomy projects, investigating forced labor in global supply chains, and gaining a greater understanding of how US state domestic legislation impacts forced labor and human trafficking.




jocelyn-pic-squareDirector of Communications and Social Media – Jocelyn Iverson is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking.  Her research interests focus on migration and government abuses of human rights, including state-sanctioned forced labor, capital punishment and torture.  At the HTC, Jocelyn works on the Human Trafficking Index and heads the communications team.  She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington and worked for a number of years in the legal field before returning to her studies at Korbel. During the summer of 2016, Jocelyn interned with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking on their research and Action Plan teams.



kristy-pic-1-of-1Director of Educational Programming and Clinic Manager – Kristy Kumar is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations Human Trafficking, Gender, and Methods and Evaluations and supports the Human Trafficking Index project at the HTC. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Global Poverty and Practices from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, Kristy conducted research on root factors of entry into child commercial sexual exploitation in Bangkok slums and in 2012 she served as a community organizer and Fulbright Scholar in Perak, Malaysia. Prior to her studies at DU, Kristy worked as a Case Manager and Youth Leadership Coordinator at FAIR Girls, an international nonprofit based in Washington D.C dedicated to preventing human trafficking of women and girls by supporting survivors through counseling, crisis response, and working in collaboration with local law enforcement.



katja-pic-1-of-1Financial Officer – Katja Lundin is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with a certificate in International Law and Human Rights and a focus on human trafficking especially focusing on conventions and treaties; as well as looking at the relationship between law enforcement and health clinicians and their treatment of sex workers and victims of trafficking. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.




leanne-pic-1-of-1Human Trafficking Index (HTI) Project Manager – Leanne McCallum is an M.A. candidate in International Studies, with concentrations in Human Rights and Human Trafficking. She began her interest in anti-trafficking efforts in 2011 with an ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Fellowship, studying human trafficking of vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia. She also conducted advocacy and education on human trafficking issues within the Pacific Northwest from 2012-2015. Ms. McCallum received her undergraduate degree from Linfield College, with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Political Science.