Our Team

 

Jeri Moomaw, Founder & Executive Director

In 2016, Jeri was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for her work in improving the lives of trafficking survivors. She is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victim of Crime and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Trafficking in Persons consultant networks as a human trafficking subject matter expert. She has worked for the past 17 years with youth and adult high-risk individuals, developing and overseeing programs, and creating curriculum and training content to combat commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, gangs, and violence against youth and women. She is an expert on Native issues and human trafficking in Indian Country. As someone who has been personally impacted by this kind of violence, she also knows first-hand the individual and the collective toll it can take. She has made it her mission to bring awareness, education, and tools to equip communities and front-line professionals to be able to recognize and respond to trafficking and violence. Jeri lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, Alan, and is a proud mother and grandmother.

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MARISSA PEREZ, PROJECT MANAGER, THE YARROW PROJECT

Marissa (Oglala Lakota) has been involved in sexual assault and anti-trafficking awareness, prevention, and advocacy for over five years. After serving as a certified Sexual Assault Response and Prevention victim advocate when she was a U.S. Army officer, she founded the Yarrow Project, a program designed to assist Native victims of sexual exploitation. She was first made aware of the problem of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Indian Country while attending the Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime Human Trafficking Grantee Meeting in Washington, D.C. This led her to continue to find ways to work in the anti-trafficking community, volunteering with Seattle Against Slavery before founding the Yarrow Project with the encouragement of her family and community. She is a trainer and panel speaker in the fields of human trafficking, sexual assault, and inter-generational trauma. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and serves as a Logistics Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. She currently lives in Burien, Washington. She is a proud daughter, sister, and auntie.


Roxanne white, MMIWG & INDIGENOUS OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Roxanne is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce/Nimiipuu'it Tribe and is a Yakama descendant, raised in Yakama territory. She is recognized for her work on Native issues and has years of experience in direct client outreach. Her goal is to assist Indigenous women and girls impacted by trauma by supporting them through the process of healing through culture and traditional ceremony. As a survivor of trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, Roxanne uses her personal experience to bring awareness to the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women of Turtle Island. She is currently a resident of Duwamish Territory in Seattle, Washington. She is a proud mother of two sons and a loving grandmother, daughter, niece, auntie, and sister.

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Erik GrAy, Policy & Advancement Manager

Erik is an artist, founding partner of Queers Uniting to End Exploitation, national speaker, human trafficking survivor expert, and community leader in Seattle, WA. He seeks to revolutionize the systems that sought to serve him but failed. Erik has been a community organizer and activist – centering HIV prevention/care and anti-oppression work for the past decade in the Seattle area. Today, Erik takes focus in anti-trafficking and sex work movements. Within these movements, he most recently championed gender and LGBTQ2IA+ inclusion for CSE (commercial sexual exploitation) services in King county through his work at REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Previously, he launched a shelter focused on serving youth of color with YouthCare. He is the first male survivor advocate in Seattle, WA intentionally serving survivors of all genders. He has also served on the Kitsap County Human Rights Commission, as Student President of Olympic College, on multiple Diversity Advisory Boards and Bailey-Boushay HIV/AIDS hospice. Erik continues his dedication to public service through the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission Human Trafficking Taskforce Chair, and with the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Commission (SEAMEC) Steering Committee.