About Us

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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.

Recent News

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RAHAB Ministries

Kali Jobes, Senior Director of Community Based Programming, RAHAB, discusses their programs and partnership with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.

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Providence House

Nora Conway, Family Services Coordinator of Providence House talks about their services and their partnership with Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to HT.

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Ohio Department of Development Disabilities

Katherine Antall, Human Sexuality Specialist, discusses the reality of human trafficking of individuals with developmental disabilities and the Cuyahoga DD programs available to support those victimized by it.

Staff

Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII

President/CEO

Marya Simmons, RASS, BS​

Director of Programming

Michelle Pearson, MNO

Director of Development

Kayla Ebner, MSCJ

Program and Outreach Specialist

Board of Directors

  • Patricia M. Babcox – Executive Coach, Community Volunteer/Philanthropist
  • Sean W. Hardy – Senior Vice President, Hardy Wealth Partners
  • Shirley Morgenstern – President & CEO, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
  • Michael P. Coyne – Waldheger – Coyne, A Legal Professional Association
  • William R. Murman – First Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
  • Daniel J. Flannery, PhD – Professor and Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University
  • Sr. Cheryl Keehner, CSA – Collaborative Steering Committee
  • Fredy Robles – Chief Program Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
  • Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio
  • Sr. Toby Lardie, HM – Pastoral Leader, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
  • Thomas J. Scanlon​​  Board Secretary, Hawkins and Company, LLC
  • Teresan W. Gilbert​​  Board Vice Chair, The Lubrizol Corporation
  • M. Patrice McCarthy, PhD, RN, CNS – Board Chair​, Notre Dame College
  • Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan – Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
  • Thomas R. Hanson – Eaton Corporation
  • Michael A. Shemo Board Chair Emeritus, President, Wolf Investors, LLC