Dr. Sapna Batish is an environmental scientist, who is passionate about addressing the intersection of ecological destruction and labor trafficking. Her professional experience includes employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United Nations Environment Program, and the National Academy of Sciences. She loves to approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective and plans to use her knowledge of coastal ecology, remote sensing, climate science and environmental policy to combat the exploitation of both people and nature. Born in India and raised from the age of 8 in the United States, Sapna is proud of her heritage and sees herself as a global citizen, having travelled to 20 countries. She speaks Hindi and Punjabi fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Her Buddhist philosophy drives her desire to protect the environment through positive change in the lives of individuals. Sapna can be contacted at SapnaBat[email protected].
David Tian will be a Ph.D. Candidate at Johns Hopkins University in September 2016 and is currently a Master's Candidate at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC. For the academic year 2015-2016, David was awarded the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, a government-funded fellowship valued at over $33,000. He holds a Bachelor's degree with general honors from the University of Chicago. David is fluent in English and French, and has intermediate skills in Chinese, Spanish, and Korean. David does French-to-English free-lance translations and translated the best-selling book A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Maroon, and has written articles for NK News and other media outlets. He is also currently an English teacher for VIP Kid. David can be reached at [email protected].
Rebecca Turner is an attorney at a criminal justice non-profit in Washington, DC. Since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, her work has focused on capital punishment and prisoners' rights issues, including working on death penalty appeals, ensuring prisoners receive proper medical and mental health care, and working with prison systems to prevent and respond to sexual assault in their facilities. A native Floridian, she earned her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences at Florida State University. Rebecca can be reached at [email protected].
Allen Groue is a 2014-2015 Boren Fellow who spent his year with the program as a visiting researcher at the Islamic University of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, researching credit card fraud in Indonesia. From the University of Denver he earned two Master's degrees: an International MBA in 2014 and a Master of Arts degree in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration in 2015. He also graduated with honors from Hendrix College in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics and in International Relations and Global Studies. Allen speaks advanced Bahasa Indonesia and elementary Chinese, and outside of his time in Indonesia, has also lived in China and Fiji. Allen can be reached at [email protected].
Lavinia Gonzalez is a law student at the Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School in Tampa Bay, Florida, class of 2017, where she is focusing academically in criminal law and international human trafficking. She is currently the secretary for the Native American Law Students Society (NALSA) where she works with children that fall under Title VII federal law, which addresses Native American and Alaskan Native students’ academic success and social support. Lavinia’s bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Lavinia graduated from Potomac University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in the Science of International Business. Born and raised in New York City, she knew exactly the dedication and hard work that was needed to make her dreams a reality. Raised by a widow mother, she moved briefly to Puerto Rico for five years where she learned about her roots and cultural heritage while fine tuning her mother’s native tongue of Spanish. Lavinia can be contacted at [email protected].
Sean McGuigan has been a Research Fellow at The Partnership for Public Service and a Legislative Intern at the Ohio House of Representatives. His interest in human trafficking began while he was a student research assistant for Dr. Jane Gray with Ohio State University. Since then, he has worked nonstop to combat human trafficking and served as a Research Fellow with DC Stop Modern Slavery, as the Legislative Chair for Survivor’s Ink, and an Event Planner for the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition. Proud to be a Buckeye, Sean graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and a minor in International Studies: Security and Intelligence. Sean can be reached at [email protected].
Hayley Mohr is a 2017 Bachelor of Arts candidate in her third year of study at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She will graduate with a major in International Business and a minor in Mathematics, after which she will pursue her Juris Doctorate. Hayley is dedicated to raising awareness to social justice and health issues as a member of the Champions Council of the United Nations Nothing But Nets, a council that includes a little over 100 international members committed to eradicating the scourge of malaria. She is also a member of "Night of Nets", a grassroots campaign that, in its five years of work, has raised over $125,000 through sporting events towards the end of malaria. Hayley intends to use her academic background in order to combat human trafficking with a solutions-based focus. She will also continue to use her experience in research and advocacy to bring the tragic reality of human trafficking before leaders in both business and politics. Hayley can be reached at [email protected].