Sunday, December 03, 2006

Who is HTP?

Justin Hakuta
- Founder, President
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 with a B.S. in Decision Science, Justin has constantly sought to combine his personal interest in human rights and his professional skills by working at organizations such as the Center for Court Innovation, Honest Tea and Seventh Generation. Hakuta researched the nonprofit community's response to human trafficking in the Philippines in 2007 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Justin created the Human Trafficking Project, a blog that documents trafficking worldwide, with Elise Garvey after witnessing the need for both increased public awareness of modern day slavery and additional resources for survivors of trafficking during rehabilitation and reintegration into their home communities. Hakuta is currently attending Harvard Business School where he is learning how to create innovative, sustainable solutions for social change.

Elise Garvey- Founder, Executive Director
In May 2007, Elise graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. with her B.A. in Political Science, International Relations, Spanish and European Studies. During her undergraduate work, she focused heavily on international organizations and forced migration issues by working and volunteering for multiple refugee resettlement organizations. After receiving her B.A., she carried out a Fulbright research grant on the response to human trafficking in Ukraine in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration Mission to Ukraine and the International Women's Rights Centre "La Strada - Ukraine." Afterwards, she served as Program Assistant to the Trafficking Victim Services Program of the International Institute of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Jennifer Kimball- Director of Content

Jennifer Kimball is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri. She plans to pursue a career in public service working to fight human trafficking. Currently, she is working in DC with the Truman Fellows Program, and she is a 2008 Harry S. Truman Fellow. Jennifer is the co-founder of Stop Traffic Now, a student anti-trafficking organization that started in April 2007. She is also the co-founder of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.

Meg McGill- Contributor
Meg McGill is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she completed coursework in both domestic crime victims’ rights law and international human rights law. Meg also worked as an intern and volunteer for the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and as a volunteer for the Volunteers of America Home Free restraining order program. McGill is currently working as a law clerk. She worked on a student-run law review for three years, but this will be her first experience blogging. Meg wants to ultimately pursue a career in human rights, specifically human trafficking, and/or crime victims’ rights law.

Amanda Gould- Contributor
Amanda graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Evansville majoring in Political Science and German. In 2010, Amanda received her M.A in International Development and her M.A. in Economics focusing on human trafficking and statistics from the University of Denver. Her research examined the quantitative aspects of human trafficking including how organizations estimate the human trafficking and what might predict slavery throughout the world. She had the opportunity to intern with the International Organization for Migration in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the Anti-Trafficking and Assisted Voluntary Return Intern during the summer of 2008 and helped establish the Human Trafficking Research Clinic at the University of Denver. She will focus on consumerism and human trafficking/modern slavery and what the average person can do to hold companies accountable with regards to slave labor.

Molly Bryant- Contributor
Molly hails from the great state Oklahoma. She recently graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where she obtained a B.A. in History and Non-Profit Leadership. During her junior year, Molly studied abroad throughout Central America listening to stories and struggles of the Latin American people both historically and currently. She fell in love with the culture and has since decided that she would like to focus her anti-trafficking work toward Spanish speaking populations, especially women who are forced into prostitution. In 2009, she traveled to Europe to research the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in women who have been trafficked into the sex industries in the Netherlands and Hungary. In October, she will hop a plane to Ecuador where she will teach English, eat her weight in avocados, and continue to research and report on human trafficking issues in Latin America.

Bia Assevero- Contributor
Bia is a French-American freelance journalist. She is fluent in French, English and Italian. Bia believes very strongly in the need for action and awareness to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery and hopes to contribute to both through her writing.

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  1. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Thanks for your work guys...appreciate the efforts.

    Also, thanks for the link to the Freeze Project on one of your earlier postings. :)

  2. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Great job guys!! I love your site now that i found it. Keep up the great work on providing the public with this info.

  3. This is so needed here in the U.S.
    Far too often, we don't think it could happen here, when all around us, it continues to grow.
    I was in India with Amy and know first hand the trials and tribulations of those afflicted, taken and abandoned by human trafficking. Your website is a great tool to help to continue to "get the word out" about this inhumane and hidden tragedy. We all need to make a commitment to becoming a change in this world to put a stop to this horrible human condition.

  4. Very good work to you and your entire team!!

    Please check out our site at

    Your advise, guidance and contacts would be most appreciated!

    - Phil Cenedella

  5. Good job guys! Thank you.

  6. Thank you for your dedication to the topic. I am a student studying sex trafficking as an independent research right now and you have helped me greatly!

    Take care