Joyce Nakato

Victim Assistance Coordinator for UgandaAt HTI, Joyce supports the coordination of victim-related needs in human trafficking investigations. She works in close collaboration with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) investigative department in Uganda and provides guidance and technical assistance to investigators and prosecutors on victim-related issues as well as partner with NGOs to ensure that victim service-related needs are met. Joyce has more than 10 years of experience in humanitarian work where she coordinated the provision of emergency services and referrals on victim identification, provided case management services for vulnerable women and children, life skills trainings; counseling, mentorships, and coaching; built and nurtured relationships with victim service providers, beneficiaries, and community structures; formalized partnerships with them to develop and design frameworks and action plans to enhance resilience and restore victim’s social functioning. Joyce’s past work includes serving as a case manager at Childs I foundation where she supported the reunification of separated and Institutionalized children into family-based care and other alternative care options for 7 years, and recently as the vocational Skills Coordinator at Samaritan’s Purse International Relief where she coordinated vocational skills training programs and case management services for survivors of trafficking in persons. Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration.

Joyce is a graduate of social work and social administration. She lives in Kampala, Uganda, with her family.

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Kelli Ross

Kelli is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.