STAFF

Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, MBA, MTS 

CO-FOUNDER

Deb is critical care nurse by training with a BSN, MBA and a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in bioethics. After working in healthcare and the private sector for 30+ years, she now concentrates in public, non-profit organizations, and philanthropy. She desires to combine her passion for healthcare, business skills and faith. She currently is a Delegate for the Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, focused on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis. She co-founded Global Strategic Operatives, a group formed out of a United Nations initiative for the eradication of Human Trafficking.

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Dr. Cathy Miller

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Dr. Miller has worked with anti-Human Trafficking organizations for over 10 years and cared for victims and survivors in the clinical setting for over 20 years. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Health and Sciences at Tyler. She presents and trains nationally and internationally on the subjects of human trafficking, complex trauma, and child sex trafficking. Cathy has multiple published works on child and adolescent complex trauma and child sex trafficking. She joined Shared Hope International (SHI) as a Fellow in 2010 becoming their Health Care Consultant and trainer in 2014.

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Petra Linden, MPH

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Petra Linden has been involved with human trafficking prevention and response work for many years both across the country and internationally. She is the Systems Director at CommonSpirit Health. In Stockton, California she led a coalition of healthcare providers to develop human trafficking response programs in local hospitals.  Internationally she developed an online training module on human trafficking for physicians in India and leads training teams of physicians and healthcare personnel.  She has also volunteered with Free the Slaves to support Indian nonprofits by providing training, evaluation, and strategic planning.

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Paula Meyer Besler, JD

LEGAL CONTRIBUTER

Paula Meyer Besler has been a lifelong advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and has a passion to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking in our country. Her mission is to raise awareness, create strategic partnerships, advocate for and advance legislation, and garner individual and corporate support to combat this epidemic in America.

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Alex Johnson

GSO LIAISON TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

Wilonda S. Green, MBA

GSO COORDINATOR

ADVISORY BOARD

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, THE SELAH WAY FOUNDATION

Kevin Hyland

FORMER ANTI-SLAVERY COMMISSIONER FOR UK, SANTA MARTA GROUP

Annette Kennedy

PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES

Cindy McCain

MCCAIN INSTITUTE

Laura Ellsworth

PARTNER-IN-CHARGE OF GLOBAL COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES, JONES DAY

Derek Benner

EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS, WASHINGTON DC

Gary Cohen

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BECTON, DICKENSON & COMPANY, BD

Chris Carroll

DELIVER FUND

Simone Monasebian

NY DIRECTOR OF UNODC, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF DRUGS & CRIME

Father Roger Landry

PERMANENT OBSERVER OF THE HOLY SEE TO THE UNITED NATIONS

Nancy Rivard

PRESIDENT OF AIRLINE AMBASSADORS

Montserrat Alvarado

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BECKET FOUNDATION

Louis Brown

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRIST MEDICUS FOUNDATION

Raymond Burnes

MORGAN STANLEY

RESEARCH TEAM

Cathy Miller, RN, PhD 

PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR LEAD

Michael Breen

FACULTY, UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Jennifer Graebe, RN, PhD Candidate

ASSISTANT

SOVEREIGN MILITARY HOSPITALLER ORDER OF MALTA PERMANENT OBSERVER MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill

NEW YORK, AMBASSADOR

Michel Veuthey

GENEVA, AMBASSADOR TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

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