Lisa serves as the Legal Programs Coordinator at the Human Trafficking Institute in Uganda. She previously served with International Justice Mission in Uganda, where she supported the advocacy of Ugandan lawyers on behalf of victims of gender based violence, as well as coordinating training and developing tools and guidance to improve the capacity of justice sector officials in their response. She continued to conduct research, develop manuals and tools related to gender based violence as a consultant in Uganda, working with government, UN agencies, international and local organizations to support improving access to justice and the justice sector’s response to gender-based violence. Lisa practiced law in Australia and served as the Legal Associate to the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, where, as well as assisting the Chief Justice in court, she prepared papers and published journal articles on children’s rights, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and child trafficking. Lisa is a graduate of the Australian National University. She lives in Kampala, Uganda.
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. View all posts by Kelli Ross