Joyce Nakato

Joyce serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for Uganda at the Human Trafficking Institute. She previously served 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 human trafficking. She also provided capacity building trainings; counseling, mentorship, and coaching; built and nurtured relationships with service providers, beneficiaries, and community structures; and formalized partnerships with to develop and design frameworks and action plans for implementation of activities. Joyce has also served as case manager at Childs I Foundation, where she supported the reunification of separated children into family-based care through a case management process. In this role, she developed capacities of families and children to manage child rights violations; developed risk management plans to enable reduce potential child protection risks; acted as child protection and safeguarding focal person at the district level; and advocated for orphans and vulnerable children to access child protection services and ensure their effective referral to service providers and community support structures.

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 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.