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Is your community aware of domestic human trafficking? Do you want your congregation or organization to understand where they best fit into the effort to end exploitation?

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, and with up to 300,000 people at risk of being trafficked in the US alone, this problem generates a desperate need for thousands of survivors to find a safe place where they can heal.

Awareness is the first step to action. Request an NTSA speaker for keynote presentations, group talks, panel discussions, workshops, or training events.

We need YOU to rally your community to action!

Meet Our Speakers...

Melissa Yao

Executive Director

Melissa is the Executive Director of the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance. Melissa has her master’s degree in International Development from Eastern University and has worked in the anti-trafficking field for over ten years at both the local and national level. For nearly eight years, Melissa worked in a direct service role at a long-term restoration home for survivors, where she noticed firsthand how service providers often felt siloed in their work. It was through this experience that Melissa realized the importance of building bridges and cultivating collaboration- forming a national community led by the belief that we rise by lifting others. As the Executive Director of NTSA, Melissa has had the opportunity to see the diversity of programs supporting survivors across the US and share with the service providers on the ground about the needs, challenges, and wins they experience for survivors in their programs. Before joining the anti-trafficking field, Melissa worked in advocacy and policy, supporting issues related to hunger and poverty.

Susan Ingram

Board Chair

Susan is the Board Chair of NTSA as well as the founder and president of Walk Her Home, a 501(c)3 charity with a mission to fight human sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. She is also the founder of SRI Media, Inc., a communications company specializing in creating customized content. She currently sits on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Chester County Anti-Trafficking Coalition. In addition, Susan serves as the Co-chair of Community Assessment of human trafficking activity in metro Philadelphia for International Justice Mission (IJM) and partnered with congressional representatives to draft the Duty to Report Sexual Assault Act. In 2017, The Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus selected Susan to be honored as the recipient of the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award for her efforts in using her experience to make a positive difference in public education, public policy development and greater awareness about crime victims’ rights and needs.

Gen Haines

Director of Donor Engagement

Gen has 27 years of experience fundraising for the arts, human services organizations, and political campaigns. Gen has extensive experience in all aspects of nonprofit management. As the Director of Donor Engagement for NTSA, she works to secure funding from various sources in order to enhance services for survivors. Additionally, she is past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Maryland and continues as a Board Member. Gen also volunteers as a mentor for Innovation Works, a nonprofit building sustainable neighbors in Baltimore. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Towson University.

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