After HTC associates graduate, they are retained as “senior associates.” Our hope is to create a vibrant network of anti-trafficking advocates around the world.
Brooke Ward is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Gender. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. She began her study of human trafficking and sex work while on study abroad in Denmark.
At the HTC, Brooke worked on both social media and the Human Trafficking Index. Her research interests include gender-based violence in conflict areas, and the intersections of labor exploitation, migrants, and human trafficking.
Marie-Claire Bagazonzya is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights. She is interested in development, conflict resolution and human trafficking in relation to human rights. Claire earned her B.A. in International Affairs at Temple University in Philadelphia and Tokyo. After graduation, she facilitated educational events for youth with the Japan America Society of Washington DC. She worked with the HTC as a research assistant for event programming.
Emily Braucher is a dual M.A. graduate in International & Intercultural Communication and Cultural Anthropology with concentrations in International Development, Intercultural Conflict Management, Participatory Action Research and Vulnerable Populations. Driven by possibilities of innovative approaches to the prevention of human trafficking, Emily’s thesis offered an analysis of vulnerability reduction techniques to human trafficking used by women who were displaced by armed conflict in Colombia. She currently resides in Boulder, CO.
Dana Bruxvoort is an M.A. graduate. 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 managed the HTC website and blog and oversaw all social media.
Kate Castenson is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in International Law and Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Kate spent three years in Washington, D.C. working at Human Rights Watch as the Coordinator of the Arms Division. Kate graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California with a degree in international relations and a focus on Latin America. Her research interests include the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Kate is a Sie Fellow at Korbel and works as a research assistant. She was part of the HTC’s research team and worked on the Human Trafficking Index.
Anya Cherneff is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights, with concentrations in International Development and Gender. Anya’s research examined the complexities of domestic demand for prostitution and how it relates to the practice of sex trafficking. She used survey data to counter several popular myths about what drives male demand for commercial sex and proposed recommendations for curbing demand. Anya is a founding member of the HTC.
Jeanne Crump is an M.A. graduate 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 was 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.
Seth Daire is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with focuses on Forced Labor and Political Economy. Additional research interests include global supply chains, corporate social responsibility, and other forms of exploitive labor. In 2011, Seth worked onsite with Empowering Youth in Cambodia, which provides supplemental education for youth in slum areas of Phnom Penh. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Messiah College in Grantham, PA and has been working as an Internet marketing consultant for several years. He has also received training from the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. At HTC, Seth was a member of the research team and assisted with website strategy.
Sarah Davis is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking and International Security. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Westmont College. In 2012, she was a field office intern with International Justice Mission, working in the legal department of one of their South Asian field offices that addresses the commercial sexual exploitation of minors. Sarah has also worked as a Fellow for the Not For Sale Campaign. Her interests lie in ensuring holistic, restorative care is provided to trafficking survivors, while forming strong, collaborative relationships between law enforcement, NGOs, and policy officials.
Melissa Dohse is an M.A. graduate in Social Work with a clinical focus on families and trauma. She traveled throughout Southeast Asia in the spring of 2010 visiting organizations that are working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate sex trafficking survivors. Prior to moving to Denver, she lived in Flagstaff, AZ where she served as the assistant manager of Northland Family Help Center Domestic Violence Shelter. Her research for the HTC investigated the intersection of the Denver Juvenile Justice System and domestic minor sex trafficking. In particular, she surveyed service providers involved in the justice system and investigated the implementation of state and federal trafficking laws concerning minor girls in commercial prostitution.
Rachel Dyussengaliyev is an M.A. graduate 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. Rachel was the Events Coordinator for the HTC.
Lise Ehlinger is an M.A. graduate 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. Lise acted as Historian for the HTC’s 2016-17 academic year.
Otilia Enica is an M.A. graduate 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 worked with the HTC’s research and advocacy teams.
David Esarey is an M.A. graduate 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 managed the HTC’s Human Trafficking Index, assessing the global human trafficking trends and directionality flows.
Callum Forster is an M.A. graduate in International Studies. His undergraduate degree in International Relations is from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His research focused on incidences of human trafficking and forced labor in fragile states.
Catie Fowler is an M.A. graduate 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 worked 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. Catie also worked on the Human Trafficking Index throughout her time with HTC.
Jessica Furmanski is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with interests in human trafficking, children’s rights and international security. Her undergraduate degree in Economics is from The University of the South where her studies included a focus in International Studies and Psychology. Following her work in finance, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, working in the areas of youth education and empowerment. Jessica is specifically interested in how the rights of boys are overlooked due to the growing awareness and focus on women and girls’ rights.
Amanda Gould is a dual degree M.A. graduate in International Development and Economics with concentrations in Statistics and Human Trafficking. Due to the incongruities in the statistics of human trafficking used by international organizations, Amanda’s thesis explained the methodologies used to produce these numbers. The study also explained the shortcomings of such methodologies and potential solutions in the hope of fostering continued progression in the methods used. Amanda currently works for Free the Slaves.
Corey Greer is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a focus on women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly the intersection of Islam, terrorism, and gender-based violence. At the HTC, she worked on the Human Trafficking Index and assisted with advocacy events. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida where she minored in Humanitarian Assistance and International Development. After earning her B.A., she volunteered and worked in Argentina, Taiwan, Croatia and Canada.
Ashley Greve is an M.A. graduate 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 coordinated the Human Trafficking Center’s advocacy and outreach efforts and was also a Sie Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Rex Hamaker is an M.A. graduate in International Administration with concentrations in Human Trafficking, Nonprofit Management, and Human Rights. 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 furthered his studies at the University of Denver while managing the HTC’s online presence as well as communications.
Hyshyama Hamin is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in humanitarian assistance, human trafficking, international law and gender. She was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Nepal and earned her B.A. in Development Studies from Kathmandu University. She has experience working on gender-based violence and women and peace building issues in both Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hyshyama was former Communications Coordinator at HTC between March 2013 and May 2014, and also a Fulbright Scholar and Sie Fellow at Korbel.
Jennifer Hankel is an M.A. graduate 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 coordinated the Human Trafficking Center’s research efforts and was a research intern with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT).
Elizabeth Harrell is an M.A. graduate 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.
Sarabeth Harrelson is an M.A. graduate in International Development with concentrations in Humanitarian Assistance and Human Trafficking. She has participated in humanitarian outreach missions throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America working with medical, educational, and construction teams. A Colorado native, she decided to return to her home state to pursue a graduate degree after living in Nepal for a year teaching English and working in a rehabilitation center for trafficking victims.
Chrissy Hart is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, working in the area of girls’ education and empowerment. Prior to moving to Denver, she lived in Washington, D.C. and worked as an Advocacy Assistant with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Her research focused on the work of international organizations, local and international non-governmental organizations, and local government in responding to the needs of youth and young adults formerly affiliated with the LRA in northern Uganda.
Eric Helms is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Roma Rights. As a Community Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Bulgaria, he was exposed to the growing problem of human trafficking within Eastern Europe’s Roma population. Eric spent three months in south central Bulgaria doing field research in Roma communities. His research examined the efficacy of preventive measures by the government, international organizations and anti-trafficking non-governmental organizations in reaching at-risk Romani individuals.
Kenneth Hood is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Latin America. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Communications. Prior to his graduate studies, Kenneth served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where he worked in youth education and empowerment. His research focused on the treatment of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic.
Jody Haskin is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Human Trafficking and Policy. Her research addressed the current policy in Canada regarding human trafficking, including the implications it has on major transit hubs and on the United States/Canadian border. Jody’s interests in human rights policy stems from her social work background, as well as from her previous work as a legal assistant in a Chicago law firm.
Chris Hunt is a 2012 M.A. graduate in International Development. At the HTC he worked on the HTC taxonomy project and a critique of the practical availability of services required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Re-authorization Act of 2008. He has since worked with both local and international-based nonprofit organizations on various projects for the purpose of mitigating risk to populations vulnerable to human trafficking and modern slavery. In particular, he is interested in researching issues of trafficking for the purposes of child labor in Latin America. He is currently working with the DU School of Social Work on a social network analysis of the stakeholders involved in the anti-human trafficking movement in Peru, where children make up a large portion of the labor force in the illegal gold mining operations in the Amazon jungle.
Kimberly Hunt is an M.A. graduate in International Development with concentrations in Human Trafficking, Humanitarian Assistance and Nonprofit Management. She has been actively combating human trafficking for seven years. While interning in Cambodia she worked in the preliminary stages of development of a Child Helpline for all Cambodian children. She also volunteered in both recovery of trafficking survivors and in a prevention program helping Vietnamese children. Upon returning to the U.S., she was accepted as a fellow with Polaris Project, furthering her understanding of human trafficking in the U.S. She assisted with the HTC Taxonomy project.
Jocelyn Iverson is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. Her research interests include migration, social justice issues, and human rights abuses, specifically looking at labor abuses, capital punishment and torture. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. During the summer of 2016, she interned with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking on their Research and Action Plan teams. At the HTC, Jocelyn worked on the Human Trafficking Index and was Director of Communications and Social Media.
Jillian ‘JJ’ Janflone is an M.A. graduate in International Studies with a focus on East Asia, Migrant rights, and Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. JJ earned a B.A. in English with minors in Chinese language, History, and International Relations from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Korbel, JJ spent three years working for the Hebei Institute of Tsinghua University in China. She currently works for Swan Colorado as the media and marketing coordinator.
Lauren Jekowsky is an M.A. graduate International Human Rights with a concentration in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. She was first presented with the issue of human trafficking while studying criminology at the University of Tampa. After graduation, Lauren worked for Rescue 1, an anti-trafficking NGO. After seeing many causal and structural issues revolving around human trafficking, she decided to continue her education at the University of Denver.
Ellen Jorgenson is an M.A. graduate and Peace Corps Masters International student in International Development, with an emphasis in Educational Development and a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. She has interests in how education can be used as a tool in better understanding contemporary slavery and human trafficking domestically and internationally. After learning more about the topic, she realized how little awareness existed among schools and teachers. She hoped her research would serve as fresh look at education, implementing a well-rounded history curriculum and literature for students age K-12, and empowering educators to better understand how human trafficking and modern day slavery affects schools and the children they serve.
Stephanie Kenner is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, International Administration, and Humanitarian Assistance. She earned her undergraduate degrees from Indiana University. As the Associate Director of Research in 2013-2014, Stephanie coordinated all student work on the Human Trafficking Index. Her individual research foci are on child trafficking in transnational adoption and best practices for aftercare services.
Erin Kesler is an M.A. graduate in International Development with concentrations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. Her regional emphasis is Southeast Asia, although most of her previous experience lies within the realm of human rights in Africa. She has participated in humanitarian outreach and development trips throughout Africa, Central America and South America working primarily with education and sustainable development. In August 2012, Erin and her husband began serving in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps.
Schuyler Copple Klock is a Master of Social Work graduate with a focus on trauma, particularly sexual violence. Born and raised in Southeast Asia, she earned a B.A. in International & Multicultural Studies before working for World Vision for over three years in Washington, D.C. as she supported and managed relief projects primarily in South Sudan and Mauritania. During her graduate studies at DU she interned at Ralston House, a child advocacy center, and Moving to End Sexual Assault, a rape crisis center. While an HTC associate Schuyler’s research focused on trauma therapy modalities utilized with survivors of sex trafficking. Schuyler is currently an LSW and Caseworker on the Sexual Abuse Recovery Team at the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services.
Jessica Kovarik holds an M.A. in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Denver. Jessica also holds a B.A. in International Environmental Policy. After graduation, she served as a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer for Peace Corps in a rural indigenous community in the cloud forests of Panama. During her graduate program, Jessica completed internships with International Rescue Committee and Save the Children in their education in emergencies programs. As an associate with the HTC, she conducted independent research on the impact of human trafficking on the Native American youth population. Jessica is currently Director of Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services, and oversees programs that support refugees, immigrants, asylees and trafficking victims in the state of Alaska.
Kristy Kumar is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking, Gender, and Methods and Evaluations. 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. Kristy worked in the Human Trafficking Index Project and was the Director of Educational Programming at the HTC for its 2016-17 academic year.
Colin Lawrence is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is in International Studies and Japanese, focusing on international relations and human rights in East Asia. After graduating from Hope College, he worked as an assistant language teacher in Kagoshima, Japan with the JET programme for three years, focusing on grassroots internationalization and English education. He has spent time in the Philippines working directly with anti-trafficking organizations to ratify ILO convention 189 for domestic workers rights. Colin has interned with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the US Department of State. Colin is currently employed at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.
Peter Lucas-Roberts is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking, and China Studies. He taught English in China for four years, an experience which instilled in him a desire to help alleviate injustice of all kinds. His research focuses on current efforts to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking in the United States and abroad. Within his HTC research he studied the national legislation and corresponding action of states that have ratified the U.N. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially in Women and Children as they relate to the provision of victim services.
Katja Lundin is an M.A. graduate 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. Katja was the Financial Officer for the HTC.
Mindy Mann is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in International Law. Mindy first became aware of the pervasive danger of human trafficking as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria while working with at-risk, orphaned girls. While working with the HTC she focused her research project on current cooperation processes between law enforcement and NGOs in Colorado around the issue of human trafficking. The study compiled the knowledge, expertise and experiences of law enforcement and NGOs in an attempt to recommend practices that may better address the issue of human trafficking in Colorado.
Laurel Mazur is an M.A. graduate with degrees in Economics and Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Denver with a B.A. in International Studies and Economics. Her research focuses on international macroeconomics and human trafficking in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Leanne McCallum is an M.A. graduate 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. She received her undergraduate degree from Linfield College, with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Political Science. Leanne interned for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in 2017 and was the Human Trafficking Index Project Manager for the HTC.
Amber Moffett is an M.A. graduate 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. At the HTC, Amber was Graduate Associate Director for the 2016-17 academic year and worked in the Human Trafficking Index.
Alex Monroe is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Program Management, Education, and Human Trafficking. As a Peace Corps Volunteer to the Philippines, Alex gained hands-on experience working in anti-trafficking advocacy and learned that education and awareness about human trafficking were urgent needs among Filipino youth. Taking from his experience in the Philippines, Alex’s research aimed to reveal the lack of proper knowledge of human trafficking among American students and mended this shortcoming through the creation and implementation of a holistic anti-trafficking advocacy curriculum, AWARE: A Curriculum for Understanding Human Trafficking and Promoting Awareness. Alex analyzed the impact of the Aware Curriculum through case studies of sixth grade classrooms in Denver using diagnostic/formative and summative assessments, classroom observation, and written assessments to gauge comprehension of key concepts and student thought processes surrounding anti-trafficking advocacy.
Kara Napolitano is an M.A. graduate 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.
Emily Nelson is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a certificate in International Law from the Sturm College of Law with a concentration in Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, & Human Rights. She earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, with an emphasis on Political Science and Law. Emily has volunteered, worked, and traveled extensively within the United States and in Central America, the Central African Republic, Germany, Bulgaria, India, China, Japan, and Taiwan. At the HTC, Emily assisted in expanding resource databases for research into human trafficking and forced labor.
Jake Orr is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Human Rights and Security. He received a B.A. in International Politics from San Diego State University. His research explored human trafficking trends in the People’s Republic of China; specifically how the government’s ‘one-child policy’ affects the trafficking and smuggling of infants and young children both within China and abroad. Jake currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Page is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Latin American Economics and Human Trafficking. Prior to beginning graduate studies at the University of Denver, Jonathan worked as an intern at the International Rescue Committee assisting refugees in search of full time employment. Jonathan plans to take these experiences and continue his career in the field of human rights. Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a B.A. in Spanish. He grew up in Dallas, Texas.
Tessa (Powell) Clark, M.A. in International Human Rights (University of Denver, 2011), M.S. in Library Science (University of North Texas, 2007), B.A. in English (University of Kentucky, 2005). Tessa served as Knowledge Manager and Associate Director at HTC. During her time as an associate, Tessa oversaw the Human Trafficking Practicum, the building of a human trafficking research database, the taxonomy project, and served on the committee for the Conference on Religion, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery held at the University of Denver in 2011. Her research focused on the Christian response to human trafficking and she was chosen to present her research at the conference. She is currently the Records Analyst at the Austin Police Department and is responsible for department records across 89 units. She works with Allies Against Slavery in her free time. Her current research interest focuses on the role of law enforcement in recognizing and preventing human trafficking at the local level.
Bryna Rabehl is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a certificate in International Law. Her research interests include the relationship between drugs and human trafficking, the impacts of international airports on human trafficking, and child rights. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. At the HTC, Bryna worked on the Human Trafficking Index Project.
Heather Randall is an M.A. graduate in International Development and has certificates in Global Health Affairs and Humanitarian Assistance. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She worked as the Budget Director for the Human Trafficking Center and was part of the research team for the Human Trafficking Index. Her independent research focused on child health and trafficking in the fishing industry in Ghana.
Holly Redmond is an M.A. graduate in International Security, focusing in intelligence and illicit trade. She graduated from Regis University in 2009 with a B.A. in Politics and an emphasis in International and Comparative Politics and a minor in History. After graduation, Holly interned at The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute, Center for International Trade and Economics in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, Holly was hired at the government affairs office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she spent three years doing research and administrative work for the firm’s lobbyists.
Pema Richeson is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in International Development and Human Trafficking. Pema was born in Darjeeling, India, grew up in Singapore and now calls Denver home. Pema used a multidisciplinary approach to incorporate the fields of human rights, gender rights, public health and political economy, as they influence and perpetuate human trafficking on the Indian subcontinent. Pema conducted fieldwork in Kolkata and New Delhi, collecting data, and surveying various organizations and programs in place which serve the targeted female populations. Pema’s research culminated in a two-part Substantial Research Paper covering the Indian subcontinent. The first section emphasized the way in which psychosocial interventions are implemented for female survivors in West Bengal while the second part looked directly at policy including state and Government of India response to human trafficking and modern slavery. She currently resides in Denver.
Tori Robertson is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with certificates in International Law & Human Rights and Global Health Affairs. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science from William Jewell College located in Liberty, Missouri. Tori was an HTC blog editor and member of the research team, with particular interest in Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reconciliation of child soldiers. Tori was an intern with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LHCT) and with the United Nations Development Program, Economics and Livelihoods Division.
Peter Rocco is an M.A. graduate in International Studies with concentrations in statistics, comparative politics, and intelligence. A Brooklyn native, he worked in Washington, D.C. as a researcher at CQ Roll Call, a media company focused on U.S. politics and policy, where his work focused on homeland security, defense and foreign policy. He previously served as a legislative assistant for Congressman Michael E. McMahon (D-N.Y.), a former member of the Foreign Affairs committee. He also worked as an associate at Edison Research, exclusive exit pollster of the U.S. presidential election for major domestic media outlets. He is a 2007 graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine (B.A. – German, Sociology). Peter is a Sie Fellow at Josef Korbel School.
Rachel Schumacher is an M.A. graduate in International Security with focuses on Corruption, Economic Crime, Intelligence and Homeland Security. At HTC, Rachel worked on the Human Trafficking Index. Her research interests include law enforcement responses to human trafficking, and the relationships between human trafficking trends and areas of conflict and natural disasters. She earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she was also employed as a research assistant on international sex trafficking trends and trends in anti-trafficking legislation.
Krasi Shapkarova is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Human Trafficking. Originally from Bulgaria, Krasi moved to the U.S. to pursue a Psychology degree. While completing an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in Houston, Texas, she became aware of the issue of human trafficking and decided to pursue further education, training, and experience in the field. She came to the University of Denver because of the available opportunity to receive relevant skills and knowledge while collaborating with fellow modern-day abolitionists.
David Shaw is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Human Rights and Development. As an associate of the Human Trafficking Clinic he researched the use of the term slavery in the anti-human trafficking movement from a historical perspective. He first became interested in the issues of human trafficking and forced labor while participating in humanitarian relief operations in Sumatra following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. David earned his B.A. in History and Modern Languages at Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a veteran of the US Navy.
Fiona Shepherd received her M.A. in International Human Rights in 2012, with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Project Management. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in a Chicago residential detention center for undocumented immigrant and refugee youth. She served as Lead Coordinator of the University of Denver’s AmeriCorps program and as Program Director for the US:Brazil Connect’s fellowship program. Upon graduation she served in Eastern Europe with the Peace Corps.
Stacy Shomo is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a certificate in Global Health Affairs. An experienced Registered Nurse, her areas of research interests focus on health as a human right, including addressing health disparities, access to reproductive healthcare, and improving healthcare infrastructure in developing countries. She received her AAS in Nursing from Community College of Denver and her B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. Stacy has also volunteered for medical clinic programs in Nicaragua.
Heather Simmons is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. She received a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and practiced in the mental health field for several years. She has experience in fund raising and economic development, counseling with trauma survivors, participating in humanitarian assistance projects following Hurricane Katrina, and other organizational and development activities both in the United States and abroad. She is currently involved in research regarding international economic migration and its nexus with human trafficking.
Michele Soli is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Forced Labor & Human Trafficking and International Law and a regional focus on Latin America. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Spanish. During her undergraduate career she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, and before coming to Denver she spent a year teaching English in Granada, Spain. Her research for the HTC focused on the impact of immigration policy on the forced labor of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and particularly in Colorado.
Silvia Tamminen is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a concentration in Migration and Refugee Issues. Originally from Finland, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her university education. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in International Studies. She has worked with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and within Refugee Resettlement. Her interest lies in how human trafficking affects refugees and migrants.
Rougui Toure is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. She earned a degree in Political Science and a degree in French as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia at Wise. She focuses on the intersection of refugee migration with human trafficking. She previously interned with UNHCR for the current Malian crisis.
Courtney Tudi is a dual degree graduate with a J.D. at Sturm College of Law and an M.A. in International Human Rights with Concentrations in International Development and Human Trafficking at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She was raised in Arizona and spent time living in California and Japan. Her research focuses on the use of child labor in the soccer ball manufacturing industry in both Pakistan and India. Her writing has expanded to include not only an examination of the labor situation, but also how humanitarian aid is often offered to the detriment opposed to benefit of those being “helped.”
Ryan Beck Turner is an M.A. graduate in International Administration with concentrations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking and Non-Profit Management. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from The Ohio State University. After graduating from OSU, Ryan spent two years in Pune, India coordinating an HIV prevention and awareness campaign called Wake Up Pune. As campaign coordinator, Ryan worked closely with diverse communities including sex workers, injecting drug users, trafficking victims and survivors, students, and religious groups. As 2013-2014 Associate Director of Advocacy, Ryan facilitated training and outreach activities, guided policy research and curricula design, and worked with local partners to promote more effective anti-trafficking policy. Ryan is particularly interested in the ethics and philosophy that inform anti-trafficking efforts.
Alexandra Woods is an M.A. graduate in International Human Rights. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and wrote her honors thesis on human rights abuses of women and Bahá’ís in Iran. Following her undergraduate studies, Alex worked as Assistant Director of Development for City of Hope’s San Francisco Development office and then worked as a GIS technical consultant for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in 2011. Her research focused on the impact of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.