Rose Mukhar is a social justice, human rights and crime victims' rights attorney with experience in cases involving children, women, refugees, and survivors of domestic violence, torture, and human trafficking. Her probono practice specialized in providing direct legal services to trafficked survivors, including immigration relief, legal advocacy of crime victim’s rights, expungement of criminal records, divorce, custody and restraining orders. Modeled after her probono practice, Rose created Justice At Last to expand the legal services and outreach she provides. Rose is inspired and driven by the strength, courage and grace of her clients.
Rose earned an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies, with a focus on human rights, and her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, and spent the summer of 2012 studying the prosecution of war criminals and war crimes involving child combatants in The Hague, Netherlands, through American University, Washington College of Law. It was during her graduate law studies that Rose realized that child soldiering is a form of human trafficking during armed conflicts and this inspired her to serve survivors of all forms of human trafficking and in particular with commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and children that are labor trafficked.
Rose also earned an M.A. in International Relations from the United States International University, and an B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College.
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Ruth is the Supervising Attorney of the Worker’s Rights Clinic at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center at Santa Clara University School of Law that provides employment law advice, and representation to low income, primarily immigrant clients and screens for human trafficking. She is also Special Counsel to Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, as well as Legal Services Chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, a member of the South Bay Coalition’s Executive Board, and an alternate delegate to the Santa Clara County’s Human Trafficking Commission. Ruth is Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition and a founding member of the Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative. She has conducted numerous trainings and panel presentations on employment rights of domestic violence victims, equal pay, workers' rights, and human trafficking to nonprofits, public entities, universities, and community groups. In 2013, Ruth received the Unsung Hero Award from the Santa Clara County Victim Support Network.
As an advocate for survivors, Andy has studied systems that perpetuate modern day slavery, traveled abroad to learn how other countries have reduced exploitation, and supported organizations that combat human trafficking from a variety of angles. Andy previously led development efforts for Exploit No More, a non-profit serving survivors of human trafficking in Milwaukee, WI, and worked for Marinus Analytics, a company that applies advanced technology to fight online sexual exploitation. Andy has professional experience in the banking industry, earned his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and now works for an enterprise software company in San Francisco.
Abigail Thomas hails from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her JD and Masters of Public Affairs with an emphasis in public and nonprofit management from the University of Missouri in May 2017. While in law school, she studied criminal justice and worked at a criminal defense law firm. Upon graduation, she moved to the Bay Area and now works in development and annual giving at Stanford Law School. She first became aware of and passionate about human trafficking after a significant trafficking ring bust in Kansas City. Prior to graduating, she volunteered with a few anti-human trafficking nonprofits, including the International Justice Mission. Abigail uses her legal background in the criminal justice system and experience in development and fundraising to help support Justice At Last's efforts to advocate for victims of labor and sex trafficking.
Originally from Canada, Meadow is a licensed attorney in both Canada and California. She is a Staff Attorney at HomeBase, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the social problem of homelessness. Meadow supports Bay Area communities in their efforts to end homelessness by assisting with federal grant application and compliance, training design and facilitation, needs assessments, and strategic planning. Academic focus in both Women’s Studies and International Human Rights led Meadow to a career of social justice advocacy. Meadow is passionate about using the law as a tool for life-changing impact and broad social change.
Sarah is a nonprofit professional with expertise in fundraising and communications. She currently works as a Leadership Gifts Officer at International Rescue Committee, one of the leading humanitarian aid organizations globally. Sarah holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and received her MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2016. Her background studying, volunteering, and living internationally has inspired a decade of involvement in charitable organizations serving the needs of marginalized communities, with a particular emphasis on women's and children's issues.
John Deterding spent 10 years in the US Navy, and deployed around the world as a submariner and Navy Diver. Following his military service, John worked for a large corporation doing chemical engineering consulting and sales in the Midwest before making his way out west to pursue a career in law. Upon arriving in Berkeley, John was quickly drawn to the anti-trafficking movement, and he currently serves as a program director for the Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project. John enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the East Bay with his wife Katie, one-year-old son Jack, soon-to-be baby boy, and their golden retriever, Bear. John is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and is currently a law student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Young is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has a diverse and broad professional background in mechanical engineering, math and physics education, data analysis as well as extensive experience in crime prevention, including sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and intervention. She loves to travel and when traveling to Thailand years ago she encountered the face of human trafficking that left her profoundly impacted by what she witnessed. This experience moved her to work toward bringing information and education about human trafficking into the world. She worked for a period of time as a Residential Counselor at a safe house for trafficked women. Young is currently working to pave a career path back into the international development arena.
Ne’cole Daniels is an expert in combatting sexual exploitation and addressing the root causes of trafficking within various marginalized communities. This has been her passion and work for the past 16 years.
She is a co-founder of World without Exploitation and a member of SPACE International. Ne’Cole knows firsthand the personal impact of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Ms. Daniels is a survivor of sexual exploitation, having spent nine years trapped in the sex trade through multi-generational familial trafficking.
Ne’cole is an anti-trafficking expert and skilled in creating system change through training, partnerships, advocacy and policy. This work includes International United Nations speaking at the Commission on the Status of women, providing trafficking expertise at the British Parliament on the topic of racially marginalized women in prostitution. She also provided testimony that helped pass law in conjunction with Ireland’s Turn off the Red Light Campaign to change the laws for demand. In addition Ne’cole provides trainings to first responders, community providers, law enforcement and the Juvenile justice system.
Ne'cole has vast professional experience including working as the Director of programs for safe housing and supportive services for commercially sexually exploited minors. In this role Ne’cole managed a staff of twelve which included case management, mentor programs, and drop in center.
Harold D’Souza is a survivor, advocate and public speaker. He is the co-founder of Eyes Open International, an organization developing prevention efforts through survivor informed research. Harold is also a founding member of the National Survivor Network and is active in local anti-trafficking organizations. Notably, Harold was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and has continued this service under President Trump. He has been invited to speak and share his expertise throughout the U.S. and globally including India, the UAE, Morocco, and Belgium.
Harold is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the United States. Originally from India, Harold is well educated and has work experience in sales management. He holds a Masters of Commerce, Post Graduation Diploma-Human Resource Development and a Bachelors in Law from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Harold pursued the American Dream and came to the U.S. on the advice, support and encouragement of the man who would become his trafficker who reassured Harold the American Dream was well within reach. For 133 months Harold and his family were exploited at the hands of a trafficker, struggling to be free and to keep his family safe.
Harold has found a new purpose in life: to be the voice, courage, hope and freedom for victims. His mantra for staying focused and continuing the path is “What your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” (Napoleon Hill). Currently, Harold is working on a book called “Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well.” Harold’s philosophy is fix the problem and not the blame, and his favorite inspirational quotes are “I am a poor starter, but a strong finisher” and “Don’t worry, be happy.”
Josephine Feemster is a passion-filled, human trafficking activist whose story of resilience has inspired many. She deeply believes in the strength of survivor-led programming and being an essential support system as youth find their way out of "the life". Josephine is currently a Human Trafficking case manager for one of the largest rape crisis centers in Sacramento County and is proudly serving her second term on the California CSEC Action Team Advisory board. She was a founding member of the RISE Drop-In Center, a program for young survivors of sex-trafficking in the California Bay Area.
Her poise and perspective when speaking and facilitating is a refreshing contribution to the "survivor-empowerment" movement. She is also trained in the following CSEC methodologies: My Life / My Choice (Justice Resource Institute), Ending the Game (Sowers Education Group), and GEMS' VSL (Victim, Survivor, Leader) Model. Josephine has conducted training across the country, including for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistant Center (NHTTAC), Judicial Council of California, and California Department of Social Services.
Stacy Jewell, writer, director, and producer of the award-winning play 7 Layers Captive which premiered at the Kennedy Center, was raised in the D.C. metropolitan area. At age 19 she was abducted and forced into the dark world of sex trafficking. After being held captive for almost two years, she was liberated from the violence and the physiological abuse of the sex industry.
Stacy is an internationally recognized survivor leader and trainer with the Department of Justice and was honored at the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Press Conference by the Honorable, Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy. Founder of Whoisstolen, a creative arts troupe made up of survivors and anti-trafficking advocates that use the performing arts to raise awareness both nationally and internationally. Her compelling dramatizations have been featured on several media outlets and she has helped organizations such as The National Center of Missing and Exploited Children as well as the FBI and state level human trafficking task forces raise awareness, and she has travelled to High Schools and Universities across the country.
Stacy has dedicated her life to using the performing arts for community outreach and advocacy mobilization on behalf of the victims of sex trafficking from around the world. As Stacy often states, “entertainment and media are powerful forms in creating public awareness,” and she believes that helping survivors & advocates find their voice through creative expression is vital to the movement of ending modern day slavery.
Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional, and author of two nationally award- winning and critically acclaimed memoirs, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom and, Fierce, Funny, and Female. Marti is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist).
Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s. She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, severe PTSD and hard-core drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares them to motivate, encourage, and energize audiences.
An advocate for victims and survivors, Marti has spoken at the White House, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for Victims of Crime, on mental health and policy advocacy. From 2012-2017, Ms. MacGibbon served on the Indiana Attorney General’s state-wide anti-trafficking task force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. From 2013-2017, she developed curriculum for and taught a life skills class for women with trauma history in Marion County Jail. She has spoken to the California State Legislature in support of new legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking. She serves as a Board Member at HEAL Trafficking, Inc., and a Board Member at MENTARI Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program. Ms. MacGibbon is a member of the Justice At Last Advisory Board.
The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) honored Marti with the 2015 Indiana Lifetime Recovery Advocate Award, and the 2014 Recovery Advocate of the Year Award, for outstanding accomplishments in support of recovery, and her work in breaking away the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, and human trafficking.
Marti has performed at the world-famous Hollywood Improv and at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, and has traveled the U.S. as a professional standup comic. She is a member of the National Speakers Association.
Savannah Sanders is the author of Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals as well as a leading advocate in the effort to stop human trafficking in the United States. She has been involved in anti-trafficking training in Arizona and nationwide since 2010, and is particularly passionate about trauma-informed care and survivor leadership.
After overcoming devastating hardships in her youth (including child sex trafficking), Savannah is now living a full life as a victim’s advocate, exemplifying survivor leadership both personally and professionally. Savannah earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (ASU) with a Major in Social Work and Minor in Women and Gender Studies in 2014 and is pursuing concurrent Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Social and Cultural Pedagogy at ASU in the near future.
She is an active member of a large network of human trafficking survivor advocates. Sanders shares her compelling story of abuse and recovery as a source of inspiration and motivation for audiences across the United States, providing testimony on Emmy-nominated television news segments, in sex trade documentaries, at local events, and on talk radio.
Former Board Member, Emily Sims is the Founder and Director of West Marin Advocacy, a nonprofit organization providing services to survivors of family and community violence throughout Marin County. Emily advocates for the creation and implementation of equitable and inclusive services, particularly addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth and undocumented survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Russell G. Wilson is a human trafficking subject matter expert, academic researcher, trainer, and advocate. Russell graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Russell research looked at factors of resiliency for male survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in Cambodia. Russell’s extensive time living and traveling throughout South and Southeast Asia has given him a deep understanding of these cultures as well as the systemic mechanisms of human trafficking in these countries.
Recently, Russell worked with the National Human Trafficking Training and Assistance Center as a Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Fellow. He worked with a team of anti-trafficking experts from across disciplines to formalize the federal definition of what it means to be “Survivor-Informed” for federally funded programs.
Russell has a unique role within the anti-trafficking movement to challenge long-held preconceived perceptions between gender and sexual violence towards men and the trauma that
is not only a result of the specific act of violence but also the micro-aggressions experienced by male victims through the stigmatization of male sexual violence.
Russell’s journey is a unique story of surviving to thriving but also one of immense transformation. As a CSEC survivor and former foster child, he has unique and insightful perspectives on issues that male trafficking victims and survivors face in their daily lives. It is through these experiences that Russell brings authenticity and passion to his career and life.
Former Board Member, Debra Lewis has a professional background in sales and event planning for a large, global pharmaceutical company, and she has utilized this skillset with her current focus on non-profit fundraising strategy and outreach. Debra is both an anti-human trafficking advocate and an elder care advocate. As an active supporter of the anti-human trafficking movement, Debra has led several successful fundraising campaigns for other anti-trafficking organizations, and she continues to advocate for legislation and to raise awareness in the community. As an elder care advocate, Debra helps seniors navigate health care and social security benefits, and works to help them remain engaged in the community. Debra continues to advise and contribute to Justice At Last.
Former Board Member, Christine Silvey is a Master Certified Coach, Counselor and Somatic Practitioner specializing in helping women heal and breakthrough the sabotaging effects of unresolved trauma in their relationships, career, and life. A resident of the Bay Area her entire life, Christine became a volunteer advocate providing prevention education, legislative support and community outreach for victims of sexual exploitation when in 2013 she learned that California was the third largest hub of trafficking in our nation. Christine firmly believes that every sex trafficking victim, when provided the right tools, resources and support, can learn to THRIVE once again in their life. Christine continues to advise and contribute to Justice At Last.