Human Trafficking Center



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.



Kaplan 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.



jenniferAssociate Director of Research – Jennifer Hankel

Jennifer is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Methodology, Forced Labor, International Law and Administration, and International Projects. She graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from Northwestern College, Iowa with degrees in Social Work and Political Science. During her undergraduate, she conducted community outreach in Tamil Nadu, India and was a development intern for a nonprofit serving both sex workers and trafficking survivors in West Bengal, India. Her empirical research has focused on rural intimate partner violence, internet pornography, racial dating preferences, and harm-reduction of sex work in Denver. She coordinates the Human Trafficking Center’s research efforts and is currently a research intern with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT).




Associate Director of Advocacy – Ashley Greve

Ashley is an M.A. candidate in International Administration with concentrations in Nonprofit Management, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, and Human Rights and Law. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with her B.A. in Spanish Literature. She went on to serve two years in Peace Corps Ukraine, where she collaborated with IOM and local NGOs on counter-trafficking efforts. She coordinates the Human Trafficking Center’s advocacy and outreach efforts and is also a Sie Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.




danaMarketing & Communications Coordinator – Dana Bruxvoort

Dana is an M.A. candidate in International Development with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Human Rights, and Research Methodology. She received her B.A. in Public Communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. and has a background in public relations and marketing. Dana has conducted educational and health outreach with vulnerable populations in Thailand and most recently worked in Ghana, West Africa, managing a microenterprise project. Her interests lie in nonprofit management, media representations of human trafficking, and trafficking interventions. Dana manages the HTC website and blog and oversees all social media.



hmmEvents Coordinator – Elizabeth Harrell

Elizabeth is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with a certificate in Global Health Affairs. She earned a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where her interest in migration and trafficking was sparked through her work with asylum-seekers as an English teacher while studying in Malta. Upon graduation, Elizabeth served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Urban Peak in Denver and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, working with homeless and at-risk youth respectively. Elizabeth is involved with the HTC’s research and advocacy efforts and coordinates the center’s events and outreach. Elizabeth’s main interests include health issues among sex workers, especially HIV prevention, as well as reproductive health concerns among refugee populations.




Human Trafficking Project Manager – David Esarey

David is a  M.A. Candidate in International Human Rights with an Interdisciplinary Certificate in International Law and Human Rights and a concentration in Methodology. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.A. in Social Work from Asbury University, during which time he spent time living and working in Romania and Ukraine. He has particular research interests in policy analysis and the rights and treatment of minority groups, such as the Roma. David is currently managing the HTC’s Human Trafficking Index, assessing the global human trafficking trends and directionality flows.