Meet the Speakers
Alicia W. Peters, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology, the University of New England
Alicia W. Peters, PhD, is Associate Professor of Anthropology and affiliated faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of New England. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University’s joint program in Public Health and Anthropology. Peters is the author of Responding to Human Trafficking: Sex, Gender, and Culture in the Law (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, 2018) based on a two- and half-year ethnographic study on the effects of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act from the perspective of government personnel, law enforcement officials, NGO service providers, and survivors of trafficking. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation to conduct her research. She is currently working on a book project on the human trafficking response in northern New England.
Ashoka Fellow and Founder, eLiberare
Ioana Bauer has been active in the area of protecting human rights and dignity since 2005, and, since 2010, she has dedicated her efforts to addressing human trafficking by leading and shaping prevention activities, developing materials on the issue and conducting capacity building activities. Ioana has worked directly with survivors of human trafficking and she is passionate about fighting injustice, being a firm believer in the power of community and collective action. Ioana is an Ashoka Fellow, a 2020 Resilience Fellow with GITOC, a Child10 Awarded Member and is recognized as one of the women leaders advancing the UN SDGs globally. Currently, Ioana is serving as president of the board of eLiberare, a leading anti-trafficking CSO, after finishing her term as policy adviser in the office of the Prime Minister in the Romanian Government where she led a working group on child safety.
European Integrator, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Karin Haselböck is part of the leadership team of Ashoka in Europe. Ashoka is a living encyclopedia of social innovation across the globe. The organization pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship with a network of 4000+ Ashoka Fellows in 95 countries worldwide. Today’s vision is to build an “everyone a changemaker world” where all people have the confidence and support to solve problems and contribute to the common good.
Karin is leading strategic change processes in Ashoka Europe with its community of 500+ Ashoka Fellows, 100 FTEs staff as well as partners and collaborators.
Karin has held positions in most sectors, working in different countries in Europe. She was leading the program TRIGOS, a renowned sustainability award for Austrian businesses as well as initiating a Leadership Program for women. She was working as a journalist, as a Marketing Director for the Austrian tourism industry (creating social change in the field of safety) and did research for environmental consultancy for the Ministry of Environment in Austria. She is a systemic coach as well as an experienced facilitator and trainer. She studied for an MBA with a focus on sustainability at the University of Economics and Management in Vienna, Austria and the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Karin loves mentoring kids in the forests around Vienna, being a Vision fast guide for the School of lost Borders in the USA and going skiing with her teenage sons and husband in the Austrian alps.
Ashoka Fellow and Co-Founder, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)
Kendis Paris is co-founder of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking, bus and energy industries to combat human trafficking. In her role as executive director, Paris grew TAT to train over 1.3 million industry members to be the eyes and ears of our nation's roadways. To date, professional drivers have made close to 2700 calls into the hotline, generating over 700 cases, involving nearly 1300 victims of human trafficking. TAT’s network includes 50 state trucking associations, private and public trucking schools, trade groups, 3PL’s, the vast majority of large trucking companies and truck stops, the bus industry, and a range of state agencies, including state departments of transportation, attorneys general, and law enforcement. TAT uses a Motor Vehicle Enforcement Model developed in Iowa and now adopted in whole or in part by 49 states. The model has increased arrests and rescues during interdiction stops. This state agency work also led to the passage of 12 state laws or administrative rule changes, which legislate anti-trafficking training at the CDL (commercial driver’s license) school level. In addition, Paris has worked with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the International Registration Plan, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and other applicable agencies to train staff and key members, equip their locations with relevant materials for transportation stakeholders, and devise best practices in conjunction with their particular sphere of influence. TAT has also expanded its work across borders by replicating its model in Canada and partnering with a host of NGOs and the SCT (The Ministry of Communication and Transport) in Mexico to ensure CDL holders receive anti-trafficking training.
Paris is co-winner of the Norma Hotaling Award for demand reduction and winner of the 2019 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts in Combating the Trafficking of Persons. She served as a member of the USDOT's Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking, and is also an Ashoka fellow, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs.
Recently, Paris founded Systems Change for Social Good, L.L.C., and will be working with the UPS Foundation as a systems change consultant within corporate philanthropy.
Ashoka Fellow; Founder and President, SINTRATA
Mariana is a social entrepreneur and researcher. Founder and President of SINTRATA - a non-for-profit organization working since 2012 to combat human trafficking in Mexico and the Latin American Region.
Her recent work includes developing methodology and mechanisms to identify trafficked victims of sexual and labour exploitation in the domestic markets, based on data analysis of the logistics of the crime. In the past year, Mariana has advised, implemented strategies and policies in collaboration with key actors of the private sector: with tourism, travel and technology sectors.
Mariana has contributed to the design and research of projects on gender and socio-economic development in Mexico and India. She received a BA in Communications and Cinema from the Iberoamerican University, in Mexico City. She holds a Master in Human Rights from Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs, and is currently undergoing a research Master in Sociology of Gender at the EHESS School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in France.