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The future of the anti-trafficking movement includes survivor engagement and leadership. Join us December 16 @11:30am Washington, DC time on this page for a live streamed panel discussion.

Hear the voices of resilient survivors and a thoughtful ally as they discuss how to engage survivors in meaningful ways and how the anti-trafficking movement can progress, in 2021 and beyond.

Some areas that will be discussed include: increased economic empowerment of survivors; the importance of mentorship to empower survivors to become leaders; implementing trauma-informed practices (rather than just including survivor voices); and influencing policy.

Participants are welcome to leave comments and ask questions in the chat space on this page; we will address as many as time allows.

This event is hosted by the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Office.

John Cotton Richmond

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Ambassador Richmond has had a distinguished career in the global battle for freedom. He co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute and served for more than 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He has regularly served as an expert to the United Nations Working Group on Trafficking in Person and pioneered the International Justice Mission’s anti-slavery work in India.

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Jessa Dillow Crisp

Co-founder and Executive Director, BridgeHope

Jessa Crisp uses her childhood experience of severe abuse and trafficking to illustrate both the stark realities of trafficking, and the truth that healing transformation is possible. After her escape and recovery process, Jessa went to school and holds a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a step towards her dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Jessa is the co-founder and Executive Director of BridgeHope, an anti-trafficking non-profit within the Denver-metro area and was recently appointed by the Governor of Colorado onto the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. Jessa inspires others through speaking engagements around the world, gives hope through mentoring other survivors of human trafficking, and provides high quality training and consultation services to both NGOs and government agencies.

Ashley Garrett

Practice Lead on Human Trafficking, ICF

Ashley is the Practice Lead on Human Trafficking for ICF, where she leads strategic planning, business development and corporate oversight to support ICF’s domestic and international response to human trafficking. She has more than 20 years of experience in designing and delivering training, technical assistance, and direct service programs in  the United States and more than 30 countries. 

She partners with governments, health care and behavioral health systems, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to identify and respond to the complex needs of all trafficked individuals and address the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities at risk of trafficking.

As the founding Director of the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons, she built and delivers technical assistance and training to over 50,000 individuals annually. Ninety percent of recipients after receiving NHTTAC training report high or very confidence in their ability to identify and respond to human trafficking. 

Previously, Ms. Garrett served as the Human Trafficking Lead at the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center; the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance National Program Manager at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; and the Regional Coordinator for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia and in North America and the Caribbean.

Amy Rahe

Director of North America for the Freedom Fund

Amy has been a leading voice on the need for survivors to be included in more meaningful ways within the anti-slavery movement through avenues such as employment and leadership. She is currently the Director of North America at the Freedom Fund in New York, managing major partnerships and engagements. Freedom Fund is a leader in the global movement to end modern slavery, identifying and investing in the most effective Frontline Organizations working to eradicate modern slavery. 


Prior to Freedom Fund, Amy acted as the Managing Director for Survivor Alliance in the United States, managing all partnerships, operations and programs. Survivor Alliance is a global anti-trafficking organization, fighting for survivors of trafficking to become leaders in the space.


Prior to Survivor Alliance, Amy worked at BlackRock as a Chief of Staff to the head of the Factor Based Strategies Team. She also taught a course at UC Berkeley on Domestic Sex Trafficking and acted as an advocate and mentor for youth in Oakland being commercially sexually exploited.

Amy previously sat on the Steering Committee of Code 8.7 and currently is a part of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Initiative’s Steering Group

Shandra Woworuntu

Founder and CEO of Mentari USA

Shandra is founder and CEO of Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program, Inc.. She is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence, and now lends her voice in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery at the global level, through raising awareness, education, advocacy, lobbying for legislative change, and empowerment.  She is an expert in trauma-informed services using a client-centered approach. 

As a survivor leader, Shandra has testified before and consulted with numerous governmental bodies in the United States, Mexico and the OSCE. In 2011, Shandra co-founded a survivor leadership program called “Voices of Hope” in New York. 

From 2013-2017, she was appointed The State of New Jersey Commissioner on Human Trafficking. In 2014, Shandra participated in the first Federal Survivor Forum Listening Session at the United States White House, along with 18 other survivors of human trafficking. In 2015, Shandra was appointed by former President Barack Obama to be a member of the first United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

Shandra has given lectures to colleges about human trafficking as well as trauma-informed journalism.  She is a member of Alliance 8.7 and is a WHY SLAVERY? Ambassador to the United Nations. 

Shandra has been honored by multiple organizations, and has been a motivational and inspirational speaker at events for institutions around the world. Most recently, she was a 2017 L’Oreal Women of Worth National Honoree and was one of 2020’s top 100 Most Influential Asian Americans in New York politics and policy.