Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute

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College of Health & Human Services

Health & Human Services Building

Room HH 2638

2801 West Bancroft St./MS 119

Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone: 419.530.5590

Fax: 419.530.4141

HTSJInstitute@utoledo.edu

Staff

celia

Celia Williamson, Ph.D., Director
She founded the first anti-trafficking program in Ohio in 1993. She has completed 9 studies, 17 articles/reports, and edited 2 books on sex trafficking; & she has received federal funding from 2002 to 2012 to conduct research in this area. Additional accomplishments include: founding the annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work conference in Toledo; founding the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition; she sits as chair of the Research & Analysis Subcommittee for the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission; and is an Editorial Manager for the Journal of Human Trafficking. And most recently, she opened the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute in 2015 to further the mission of combating human trafficking & supporting victims of this crime through research, education, and engagement. 

Ashley

Ashley Wickerham-Cutcher, MSW - Associate Director
Ashley earned both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees at the University of Toledo. Ashley is the co-chair of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition’s Protocol Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission’s Research & Analysis committee as well as an International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference committee member.

anna schramm

Anna Schramm, MSW, LSW - International Conference Planner & Research Associate
Anna Schramm obtained her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo, with a concentration in Child & Family. Anna interned at the Institute last year. Her focus was on educating healthcare professionals and students about human trafficking and how they can identify and report it. She was also involved in implementing human trafficking protocols in Toledo areas hospitals. This is Anna's first year as the International Conference Planner and Research Associate. As the Research Associate, she will evaluate the Pathways Program in Toledo and Columbus, which addresses the low birth outcomes for African-American women. 

Lisa

Lisa Belton, MSW - Research Associate
Lisa has her Master of Social Work from the University of Toledo. For the past year, Lisa has evaluated the Pathways Project, a program of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio that addresses the low birth outcomes for African American women. She has evaluated the Community Health Worker Program, a program that links low income women to education, state certification, and jobs in local health care settings. Lisa is currently involved in a Quality Improvement project called Healthy Start, the focus of which is to improve the health and birth outcomes of preconception, inter-conception, and prenatal at-risk women in Lucas County. 

Fanell Williams

Fanell Williams, MSW, LSW – Project Coordinator
Fanell Williams received her Bachelor and Master of Social Work at The University of Toledo. She leads the PATH (Partners Against Trafficking in Humans) Project, a community-wide intervention to improve service delivery and address the barriers and gaps in direct service coordination for human trafficking victims. She also trains the professional community on the PATH Model, human trafficking and trauma-informed care. She is a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and the Lucas County Trauma-Informed Care Coalition. 

 

 

Interns 

 

meyers

Lora Meyers, LSW
Lora graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 2013. She has four years experience in direct service and case management positions at a local community heath agency. She plans to graduate from the University of Toledo in May of 2018 with her Master's Degree in Social Work. 
kunz Ryan Kunz 
Ryan is pursuing his Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Michigan with a concentration in Community Organization and a minor in Social Policy Evaluation. He plans to graduate July of 2018. Ryan has previously worked with transgender youth, LGBT students in higher education and survivors of sexual assault. He has also been involved with research evaluating intimate partner violence. Ryan plans to continue working against the exploitation of individuals from a macro lens.
baughman Meredith Baughman
Meredith is a first-year MSW student at the University of Michiagan and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019. Here at the Institute, Meredith is working to plan and conduct research on social media use and human trafficking in conjuction with the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Meredith is also the chair of the Healthcare Protocols Subcommittee of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. 
becky yarnell

Rebecca Yarnell, LSW 
Rebecca graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 2006. Rebecca plans to gradaute with her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo in May of 2018.  Rebecca has spent the last 11 years working in child welfare and plans to continue that work after graduation. While at the Institute Rebecca is working to plan and conduct research on social media use and human trafficking in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General's Office. 

dana

Dana Pavel
Dana has her Bachelor's Degree in Excercise Science and began working towards her MSW fall of 2017. While interning at the Institute Dana has participated in the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and has also participated in several focus groups. 

zach

Zachary Shapiro 
Concentrating in Social Policy and Evaluation, Zachary is pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. As a graduate assistant at the Community Technical Assistance Collaborative, Zachary is providing program evaluation services for non-profit organizations in the Ann Arbor area. At the Institute he is coordinating the Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars and is also assisting in evaluating an initiative to reduce infant mortality rates in Lucas County. Zachary has previous experience working for Community Mental Health Partnerships of Southest Michigan where he completed an assessment of Medicaid funded substance use services in a four county region. 

paul

Paul Kendrick
Paul is currently working on his Bachelor's degree in Social Work and plans to graduate in May of 2018 and plans to continue in his education for his MSW. Paul has worked with individuals with developmental disabilites for over a decade. Paul is currently involved in the PATH project at the Institute and has also providing Human Trafficking training in the community. 

 SI

Samantha Ide
Samantha is a senior at the University of Toledo earning her BSW. Samantha has previously worked in a homeless shelter and provided mentorship to girls in grades 5-8 in Toledo. Samantha is the current president of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work at UT. At the Institute, Samantha is working to evaluate an initiative to reduce IMR and is working with PATH to create learning modules focusing on labor trafficking and healing trauma through healthy relationships. After graduation, Samantha plans to continue her education to obtain her Master’s Degree in Social Work and work at the macro level. 


       


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Last Updated: 1/3/18