Founder and Executive Director
Jeri Moomaw is the executive director of Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative. In 2016 she was awarded by Office of Justice Programs for her work in improving the lives of trafficking survivors. She is a consultant for Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign and a member of Office of Victim of Crime (OVC TTAC) and Office on Trafficking in persons (NHTTAC) consultant networks as a human trafficking subject matter expert. She has dedicated her life to and has worked for the past 15 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 frontline professionals to be able to recognize and respond to trafficking and violence. Jeri is a skilled trainer, focusing on system gaps and opportunities to identify victims, how to enhance screening and response protocols, and how to respond in a trauma-informed and culturally appropriate manner. Because she focuses on community and individual empowerment, you can expect to walk away from her workshops motivated, educated and with new tools to enhance your work. You will know not only what to look for and how to respond, but you will understand precisely how violence against women affects everyone. Jeri lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, Alan, and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Dr. Alexandra Pierce
director of programs
Dr. Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce is an applied sociologist of American Indian (Seneca) and European descent. She has 20 years’ experience conducting research on domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking and 17 years’ 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 (UROC). 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.
Indigenous Outreach COordinator
Roxanne White 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.
Project Director, 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 director 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, and can often be found meeting with community leaders and organizations at Storyville Coffee in Queen Anne. She is a proud daughter, sister, and auntie.