Meet The Team

Bianca

Bianca Morales-Egan

Sr. Program Manager, Human Trafficking Prevention
Project Concern International
Project Roots

Once I really understood the severity and scope of the problem happening in our own backyard, I could not stand by and do nothing. I did my best to find what type of contribution I could make and primary prevention fit my passion, experience and skill set. Understanding how vulnerable people are coerced into exploitation hit home for me. As someone who has had times of vulnerability in my own life, I get how easy it can be to fall into a bad situation.  It could happen to any of us. I have seen how just one person can touch so many lives and the way you do your job can make an impact. Waking up every day with the courage and strength to do your job makes a difference in the world. It is the little things that make great change.

Catherine

Catherine Hanna Schrock

Program & Artistic Director, kNOw MORE
Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation
kNOw MORE

As a Theatre for Social Justice practitioner, I have always been so compelled by creative education to support people of all ages in not only understanding issues of injustice but inviting them to take action around injustice. In the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, we use an interactive drama that allows communities to see a realistic scenario of how trafficking can happen to a young people in San Diego. In this process we invite audiences into the drama to understand how the people around the victim could have said or done something to prevent the trafficking. Time and time again in our work, I observe that bringing communities into the story evokes empathy, education and action.

Gordon Jackson

National Director
3Strands Global
PROTECT

As a public school educator for over 40 years, I have always been concerned about the needs of our most vulnerable students. Each and every day in our public schools, too many students start their school day after having endured one crisis after another at home or, perhaps, having missed another meal because of limited access to good and healthy food. In my early years as a high school teacher, if I knew then what I’ve now learned, I would have likely recognized that some of my students – those considered vulnerable and those not – were being trafficked. In addition, if I had access to a program like the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, I could have played an instrumental role in a child’s life by teaching her or him how to protect themselves. Increasing understanding and awareness on the part of the adults on a school campus about human trafficking and child exploitation can prevent a child from experiencing these horrors. Prevention changes everything.

Julie-Lubisi

Julie Lubisi

Sr. Program Officer Human Trafficking Prevention
Project Concern International
Project Roots

As a social worker early in my career, I witnessed the countless struggles of victims and survivors.  Listening to their stories helped me understand the driving forces that led to their victimization. Equally important, I witnessed the enduring resiliency of those impacted by human trafficking.  These stories of struggle and resiliency motivate me to do this work. Collectively, we can prevent human trafficking in the lives of our youth and young adults by learning from those who have survived.

Katy

Katy Randall

San Diego Regional Director
3 Strands Global Foundation
PROTECT

For the last decade, I’ve been working with victims and survivors. But there is only so much you could do at that point. There is power in prevention, and I want to spend my time pouring into that. My favorite part of doing prevention trainings is when you share about possible red flags. Everytime I share people about them, eyes light up in recognition and everyone begins talking with their colleagues about students who may be trafficking victims. It’s at this moment where I know I’ve reached them.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Barrett

Deputy District Attorney
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

As a prosecutor, I have seen the long lasting and devastating effects this crime has on it’s victims. It soon became clear that we were not going to arrest or prosecute our way out of this issue. The best solution is to prevent this crime and the damage it causes by educating our students on the reality of being in ‘the life’ and by equipping them with resilience to resist its siren song. One case I prosecuted involved a person who had been a victim of human trafficking years earlier. The person got out of the life for a while but fell victim to the false promises of another trafficker and was trafficked again. During my case, we were able to get this person the help needed and now this person is thriving.

Sean

Sean Walsh

Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Officer
Project Concern International
Project Roots

I have always been passionate about working in education and spent the last year developing a sexual health program for public schools in Botswana. Many of the themes – healthy relationships, gender stereotypes, personal boundaries – translate to the human trafficking prevention programs that the Collective provides. It was alarming to find out that many of the teachers we work with have known students that portrayed some of the telltale signs of being trafficked. It is important to equip both teachers and students with the knowledge and tools to navigate these difficult situations.