Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, MBA, MTS
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.
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.
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.
Paula Meyer Besler, JD
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.
GSO LIAISON TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
Wilonda S. Green, MBA
Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, THE SELAH WAY FOUNDATION
FORMER ANTI-SLAVERY COMMISSIONER FOR UK, SANTA MARTA GROUP
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES
PARTNER-IN-CHARGE OF GLOBAL COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES, JONES DAY
EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS, WASHINGTON DC
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BECTON, DICKENSON & COMPANY, BD
NY DIRECTOR OF UNODC, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF DRUGS & CRIME
Father Roger Landry
PERMANENT OBSERVER OF THE HOLY SEE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
PRESIDENT OF AIRLINE AMBASSADORS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BECKET FOUNDATION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRIST MEDICUS FOUNDATION
Cathy Miller, RN, PhD
PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR LEAD
FACULTY, UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Jennifer Graebe, RN, PhD Candidate
SOVEREIGN MILITARY HOSPITALLER ORDER OF MALTA PERMANENT OBSERVER MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill
NEW YORK, AMBASSADOR
GENEVA, AMBASSADOR TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS