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
Director of Educational Programs – Camerron Resener
Director of Educational Programs – Camerron Resener is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Project Management. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include international human rights policy and the intersection of migrant work and human trafficking. In 2013, Camerron co-founded an NGO in Charlottesville, Virginia that focused on general awareness of local trafficking and trainings to government agencies within the area. Prior to her studies at DU, she worked with International Justice Mission on their Colorado legislative advocacy team.
Community Outreach Director – Alexandra Erickson
Community Outreach Director – Alexandra Erickson is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in International Law and Human Security. Her specializations include gender studies, migration, and forced labor in global supply chains. Additional research interests focus on international human rights law, domestic legislation, and their impact on forced labor and human trafficking, as well as the relationship between law enforcement practices, government policy, and exploitation. Alexandra received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College, with a B.A. in Accounting and International Business.
Community Outreach Coordinator – Pamela Encinas
Community Outreach Coordinator – Pamela Encinas is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. She earned her B.A. in International Economics and Cultural Affairs with a second major in French Language from Valparaiso University. Her research interests include human trafficking among refugee and migrant populations, as well as gender-based violence in highly impoverished areas. Pamela first began her work in the anti-human trafficking field while interning at the non-profit Planète Enfants in Paris, France. Following her return to the U.S., she served as an intern for Free the Girls and a fellow for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Event Coordinator – Lindsey M. Posmanick
Event Coordinator – Lindsey M. Posmanick is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Foreign Policy. Lindsey’s research uses a feminist theoretical perspective to analyze U.S. government approaches to human trafficking in foreign countries. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies at the Josef Korbel School, she was the Co-Chair of Outreach and Research for the Guam Human Trafficking Task Force and published the first academic paper to appear in a peer reviewed journal analyzing human trafficking indicators for the U.S. Territory of Guam. She graduated as the State of Illinois Lincoln Laureate and Department Scholar from Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a dual minor in Political Science and Honor’s Pre-Law. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, trivia, and exploring the world with her husband.
Director of Communications and Social Media – Cecily Bacon
Director of Communications and Social Media – Cecily Bacon is an M.A. candidate in International Development with concentrations in Latin America and Project Management. Her research interests include human trafficking, forced labor, migrants, humanitarian aid, and how these topics intersect with sustainable development. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Spanish from Eckerd College. Prior to studying at DU she had an internship with Restavek Freedom working with their communications and child sponsorship departments.
Financial Director – Rosie O’Connor
Financial Director – Rosie O’Connor is an MSW/M.A. in International Human Rights Candidate with concentrations in children and youth and human trafficking. She is currently working at International Rescue Committee in the psychosocial support program and served for three years in the Peace Corps as a Youth in Development Volunteer in Thailand. She plans to work rehabilitating children exploited by violent conflict.
Director of Research and Projects – Samantha Tu is an M.A. candidate in International Development with a concentration in International Law & Human Rights. With a particular focus on Southeast Asia, her research interests include human trafficking, forced labor, unexploded ordnance (UXO), genocide, and education development. Samantha obtained her B.A. in Sociology, Law and Society with a minor in Business Administration at the University of California Riverside. Currently, she is a hotline advocate for the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) and a Research Assistant for the Korbel Asylum Project to assist attorneys on political asylum cases. At HTC, Samantha works on the Human Trafficking Index and on various research projects. She interned with the U.S. Embassy in Laos over the summer.