Our Team

 
 
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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 of 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 dedicated her life and worked for the past 17 years with youth and adult high-risk individuals, developing and overseeing programs, 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. Thus, 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.


DR. ALEXANDRA PIERCE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Dr. Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce is an applied sociologist of American Indian (Seneca) and European descent. She has 20 years of experience conducting research on domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking and 17 years of experience designing and evaluating nonprofit programs serving at-risk and trafficked women and girls. A survivor of sex and labor trafficking, Sandi was the principal investigator and author of Shattered Hearts, the first research ever published in the United States on commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian girls and women. She is nationally recognized as an expert trainer on sex trafficking, and in 2015, she developed a 10-module train-the-trainer Sex Trafficking in Indian Country curriculum for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. She also co-authored Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis with Dr. Lauren Martin at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. Sandi holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and was the founder and president of Othayonih Research, an independent applied research and evaluation consulting firm from 2008 to 2017. She is a member of Shared Hope International’s JuST Experts Council, served on the American Psychology Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force, and has won multiple awards for her work on the issue. Sandi is also an active member of a national network of domestic sex trafficking survivor-leaders and of the Native Research Network.

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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 currently a resident of Duwamish Territory, Seattle Washington. She is a proud mother of two sons and a loving grandmother, daughter, niece, auntie, and sister.


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. She was a certified Sexual Assault Response and Prevention victim advocate while an active duty US Army officer, and has since worked with Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative to develop 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 DC. 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. As a program manager for Innovations HTC, 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 US Army Reserves. She currently lives in Burien, Washington. She is a proud daughter, sister, and auntie.


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ARIANA ORFORD, MANAGING ATTORNEY, WASHINGTON SURVIVOR REENTRY PROGRAM

After Ariana worked as a victim advocate nearly 10 years ago, she decided to dedicate her career to ending violence against women. As a prosecuting attorney, she advocated for survivors of domestic violence in trial. Then as a legal aid attorney, she fought to protect the privacy of victims in criminal cases and to get protection orders for survivors of domestic violence. She is an author of the Prosecutor's Domestic Violence Handbook and the Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Report to the Washington State Legislature and Governor Jay Inslee. She has trained prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, legal aid attorneys, and pro bono attorneys on protecting victim privacy and working with survivors of sex trafficking. In March 2018, she founded the Washington Survivor Reentry Program, the first legal program in Washington State focused on helping survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking clear criminal records and remove barriers to reentry. The program mobilizes over 100 pro bono attorneys statewide to help survivors vacate convictions and seal court records.