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Our Story
Freedom is a fundamental human right. It is a cornerstone of what makes us human. Yet, across the world and in our own communities, this right has been stripped from far too many as they are forced, tricked, and coerced into situations over which they have no control. They are robbed of those same rights that we value most.

Since its beginning in 2007, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking has identified human trafficking as a prevalent, yet often unrecognized, issue in Northeast Ohio. It was in response to the need for awareness and advocacy that the organization has brought together local professionals and members of religious female communities to create a community-wide call to action, seeking a systemic, multi-disciplinary response to human trafficking in this region.

Today, this ever-growing collaboration includes diverse communities, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations. In partnership with them, the Collaborative equips the community with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to address human trafficking. We provide leadership and expertise that empowers the community, making it easier to identify and support those impacted by the crime and to eradicate those factors that enable the crime.

From the Collaborative’s broad public-awareness campaign, Human Trafficking Happens Here Too, to the development of suggested best practices across healthcare, public safety, hospitality and other sectors, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking exists to uphold every person’s fundamental right to freedom and dignity.

Our Mission

Mission: Lead, empower, and connect our community to eradicate human trafficking.

Vision: A world without human trafficking, one community at a time.

The Way: We provide leadership and expertise to empower a systemic, community-wide response to human trafficking.

The Work: We equip organizations and individuals with the knowledge, tools, and resources to address human trafficking by increasing public awareness, delivering tailored trainings, and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration. As the backbone organization of a 60+ organization membership program called Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, we provide strategic leadership to create social change.

Our Programs

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking provides programs for Awareness, Education, Training & Technical Assistance, Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response, and Community Engagement.

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New Moon – Thank You!

Anyone has a role to play in the fight against Human Trafficking. Here is how a local business raised awareness and funds!

Staff

Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII

President/CEO

Marya Simmons, RASS, BS​

Director of Programming

Michelle Pearson, MNO

Director of Development

Kayla Ebner, MSCJ

Community Engagement Coordinator

Alicia Ley

Program Specialist

Kathy Andrews

Director of Finance

Nicole Coury

Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

M. Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS – Chair, Notre Dame College
Teresan W. Gilbert – Vice Chair, The Lubrizol Corporation
Michael A. Shemo – Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Chair Emeritus, President, Wolf Investors, LLC
Thomas J. Scanlon – Secretary, Hawkins and Company, LLC
Michael P. Coyne – Governance Committee Chair, Waldheger – Coyne, A Legal Professional Association
Sean W. Hardy – Development Committee Chair, Senior Vice President, Hardy Wealth Partners

Members

Patricia M. Babcox – Executive Coach, Community Volunteer/Philanthropist
Daniel J. Flannery, PhD – Professor and Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University
Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan – Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio
Thomas R. Hanson – Eaton Corporation
Sr. Cheryl Keehner, CSA – Collaborative Steering Committee
Shirley Morgenstern – President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Sr. Toby Lardie, HM – Collaborative Steering Committee
George Moy – Executive Vice President Northeast Ohio, Market Executive S&T Bank
William R. Murman – First Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Fredy Robles – Chief Program Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan – Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Honorary Board Members

Karen Walsh – Past President/CEO