Special Agent STEPHANIE BENITEZ, Former National Human Trafficking Program Manager, FBI
Stephanie has investigated numerous forced labor and sex trafficking cases in the United States. She is the former National Human Trafficking Program Manager at FBI Headquarters. She frequently travels to train law enforcement on proactive human trafficking prosecutions in the developing world. Stephanie is also a diver on the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Recovery Team. She is currently stationed at the FBI’s field office in Denver, Colorado.
KIM BIDDLE, Founder & Executive Director, Saving Innocence
Kim has a Masters in Social Work and is the founder and Executive Director of Saving Innocence, an organization that provides restorative services to minor sex trafficking victims in the Los Angeles area. Kim has pioneered strategic partnerships with law enforcement to ensure that sex trafficking victims receive the care they need immediately upon their rescue.
Professor BRIDGETTE CARR, University of Michigan School of Law
Bridgette is the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing legal issues facing human trafficking survivors in the United States. Professor Carr received her BA (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and earned her JD (cum laude) from Michigan Law.
ASHLEY GARRETT, Lead for Services to Human Trafficking Victims, U.S. Department of Justice
Ashley currently leads the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime’s Training and Technical Assistance Center for human trafficking crimes. Prior to joining DOJ, Ashley served as the National Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security for assistance to victims of human trafficking.
RAHEL GERSHUNI, Former Israeli National Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator
Rahel has served as an advocate in the Israeli Ministry of Justice for more than 15 years in various capacities and as National Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for Israel’s governmental response to trafficking in persons. She has coordinated various Meetings of Experts for the United Nations Trafficking in Persons Protocol. The U.S. Department of State recognized Rahel with its Human Trafficking Hero Award in 2006. She has a BA in Ancient Studies from Columbia University, an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University.
HOLLY AUSTIN GIBBS, Director of the Human Trafficking Response Program, Dignity Health
Holly joined Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation and largest hospital provider in California, in 2015 and oversees efforts to recognize and respond to trafficked persons in the healthcare setting. In 2014, she published an academic book titled, Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery, and she is a current blogger for the Huffington Post. Holly has a B.A. in biology and formerly worked as a Senior Microscopist for an environmental microbiology laboratory. As a survivor of child sex trafficking, Holly has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous organizations, including the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and AMBER Alert program.
LISA KRIGSTEN, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Lisa is a distinguished former federal prosecutor who served as a presidentially appointed Principal Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. She has investigated and tried human trafficking cases, as well as other civil rights crimes. Lisa is currently a partner at the Dentons Law Firm, where she specializes in internal investigations. She also teaches trial advocacy at the University of Iowa’s School of Law.
KARIMA MALONEY, Former Human Trafficking Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice
Karima is a former federal prosecutor and a founding member of the Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecutor Unit. She has prosecuted forced labor and sex trafficking cases across the United States and received the Women in Law Enforcement’s Top Prosecutor Award for her work. Karima has trained law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges on victim-centered human trafficking prosecutions. She is currently a partner at the law firm of Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., in Houston, Texas.
BONNIE MARTIN, M.Ed., CACS, Professional Trauma Counselor for Trafficking Survivors
Bonnie is professional counselor specializing in complex trauma informed mental health care for thousands of victims of violence, exploitation and human trafficking. She has developed an evidenced based cross-cultural model for the treatment of complex traumatic stress that incorporates the most current neuroscientific research on brain development and attachment theory.
Special Agent DAVE MEADOWS, International Human Trafficking Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security
Dave has severed as the Manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s international trainings on human trafficking since 2010. He is a frequent speaker on proactive investigative strategies, interviewing techniques, and case identification.
RUTH FREEDOM POJMAN, Deputy Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking, OSCE
Ruth serves as the Deputy Coordinator for the Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to joining OSCE, Ruth worked as a Senior Advisor at USAID for 5 years and the Chief Program Specialist at the International Organization for Migration.
Hon. DANIEL WEISS, Judge & Former Human Trafficking Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice
Judge Weiss currently serves as a Federal Immigration Judge in Dallas, Texas. Prior to ascending to the bench, Judge Weiss was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit where he investigated and prosecuted forced labor and sex trafficking crimes.
MARA VANDERSLICE-KELLY, Director Human Trafficking & Slavery Center, United Way Worldwide
Mara is the founder and Executive Director of United Way Worldwide’s Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery. Prior to joining the United Way, Mara was a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House and coordinator of the President’s Advisory Council on Trafficking in Persons.
SHANDRA WOWORUNTU, Human Trafficking Advocate & Survivor
Shandra is a human trafficking survivor. After coming to the United States from Indonesia for work she was sold into the commercial sex industry. After her escape, she worked with the authorities to prosecute her trafficker. She serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, and in 2014, Shandra founded Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program, a non-profit organization to help survivors in their reintegration back to the community.