If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time… But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
Rochelle Keyhan is the CEO and driving force behind Collective Liberty. Formerly the Director of Disruption Strategies at Polaris, a department she designed to disrupt human trafficking in the United States, Keyhan has long been dedicated to fighting for justice. Before Polaris, she spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violent crimes in Philadelphia, where she is bar certified to practice law. Keyhan has also served as director of non-profits Feminist Public Works and HollabackPHILLY, of which she is a founding board member. As an Assistant District Attorney, Keyhan championed the need for increased investigation and prosecution of human traffickers in Philadelphia, where she successfully prosecuted the first two trials herself. As a first generation Iranian-American, she also speaks conversational Farsi.
Throughout her career, Keyhan has been well recognized for her mission-driven work: winner of the 2018 Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery Hero Award, IAFCI Cyber Crime Investigator of the Year, MassChallenge Diamond Award Winner, 2019 Innovate4Good challenge winner, NGEN Leader of the Year finalist, and 2019 Women’s Media Center Fellow.
Chris Davis is an executive with over 30 years' experience in IoT, smart cities, high performance buildings, clean technology, and industrial automation sectors. As Founder and Managing Consultant at Technicity Consulting LLC, he helps companies unlock hidden potential by opening and growing new opportunities and markets. The focus is helping clients grow top-line and bottom-line results to achieve higher valuations for fundraising and at exit.
Formerly as Vice President, Smart Cities, Chris developed CIMCON Lighting's Smart City strategy and created an ecosystem of alliance and technology partners. In addition, he provided thought leadership through the creation of whitepapers, articles, blogs, podcasts and speaking at conferences globally.
Prior to CIMCON, Chris was Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances at Schneider Electric, President and Board Member of Baumüller Inc., and has held Vice President, Managing Director and Board Member positions at the following companies: Dapra Marking Systems, Color Kinetics, and Varta Batteries Pvt. Ltd (Singapore). In addition, Chris served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.
Chris serves as a Mentor/Advisor in the following organizations: Leading Cities, Cleantech Open Northeast Region, Audible Health AI, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, MASS Technology Transfer Center, and the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative – Energy Division. He received his Master of Business Administration from The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Achievement in Alliance Management from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.
As the Training and Field Building Lead at Collective Liberty, Oscar Delgado helps build and maintain culturally competent, trauma-Informed anti-trafficking coalitions that connect local stakeholders across the nation. Also an Outreach Coordinator for the New England Coalition against Trafficking, Delgado is responsible for overseeing a program with six state leads, a survivor network, and anti-trafficking education programs. Before joining the Collective Liberty team, Delgado was the co-director of a National Anti-Trafficking Prevention Program in Mexico. He is also responsible for helping to create the award-winning multilingual AWAKE Anti-Trafficking Virtual Reality Program that was used in the Brazil Olympics and both Houston and Minneapolis Super Bowls. Furthering his personal and professional mission, Delgado ran a summer program for 50 survivors of labor trafficking and sexual exploitation, and has also worked in a Mexican aftercare program for teen survivors of labor and sex trafficking. Delgado also has experience as a consultant and adviser for anti-trafficking programs in Mexico, Colorado and Massachusetts. He speaks fluent Spanish.
Veronica Buckley is a founding board member of Collective Liberty, primarily serving as a subject matter and intelligence expert. Before this venture, Buckley worked as the Intelligence Analysis Manager at Polaris with the Disruption Strategies team. In this role, she researched and analyzed different types of human trafficking, providing actionable intelligence, analysis, and insights on national trends to internal leadership and strategic partners. Veronica is credited for creating the most comprehensive open-source data set on a specific type of trafficking in the nation, for which she has received commendation letters from the NYPD, Texas Senate, and a formal motion of commendation in the Texas House and Library of Congress. A true lover of people and pets, Buckley values quality time with her dogs, family, and friends.
Gabrielle Massey is a prosecutor in the major crimes division of the Texas Attorney General’s office in Austin where she specializes in sexually violent crimes against children and women across the state of Texas. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Gabby was a felony prosecutor with the McLennan County District Attorney’s office in Waco, Texas for over seven and a half years. She was the first chief prosecutor of the Special Victims Unit, which prosecuted all human trafficking cases, as well as child sexual abuse, serious bodily injury to child victims, and felony family violence criminal cases in McLennan County. She also supervised civil attorneys who represent the State of Texas in child protective services and protective orders. Gabby has prosecuted over 100 felony criminal trials, with the majority being sexually violent predators including the first human trafficking jury trial in McLennan County.
Prior to joining the DA’s Office in Waco, Gabby was a criminal defense attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for five years. Since becoming a prosecutor, Gabby has enjoyed training Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, victims assistance, probation officers and non-governmental support agencies on the topics of child abuse, human trafficking, and family violence state wide, as well as trained internationally on prosecuting human trafficking at a weeklong training in Mongolia.
With over a decade of experience in government and public service, Meghan Carton is a founding board member of Collective Liberty who primarily serves as a subject matter expert on policy and strategy. Most recently, Carton was a specialist at the Polaris Project where she worked with city and state officials to craft legislation targeting business loopholes that allowed trafficking venues to flourish, training over 500 regulatory enforcement officials on both improving cultural competency and spotting/reacting to potential trafficking situations, as well as raising community awareness about this issue. Carton currently serves as the Deputy Director for the District Alliance of Safe Housing (DASH), an innovative non-profit in the Washington, D.C. area providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic/sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.
Anna Hernandez is a founding board member of Collective Liberty who brings a decade of experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sector working for private and family foundations, as well as a global nonprofit. Currently, Hernandez is responsible for operational process improvement and grant impact analysis at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco, CA. Previously, she worked at Business for Social Responsibility, Inc where she improved the organization’s grants management processes and systems, ensured compliant and efficient reporting for grant projects, and integrated grant management needs within the organization’s broader operational tools and processes.
Nellie Fitzpatrick is a founding board member of Collective Liberty and an attorney with the law firm of Laffey, Bucci and Kent LLP. Fitzpatrick’s career has centered on helping crime victims navigate the civil justice system and obtain monetary compensation against perpetrators, business entities, and other individuals. The majority of her career as a prosecutor has been spent in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, prosecuting rape, intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, and child abuse cases. For six and a half years, Fitzpatrick served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia, three of which she was also the LGBTQ Liaison to the DA’s Office. In addition, Fitzpatrick is/was a subject matter expert on LGBTQ issues for the Department of Justice (Obama Administration). In January 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Fitzpatrick to serve as the second Director of LGBTQ Affairs for the City—a position she held for two terms, working directly with officials, departments, and agencies at the federal, state, and local level to develop government systems that protect underserved and often marginalized populations. In 2015 and 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System and the advisory board for the Center City Crime Victims Services where she worked to establish LGBTQ victim services throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Outside of her government appointments, Fitzpatrick remains a strong advocate for gender-based rights and freedoms. She has successfully shifted systems and culture to make them more LGBT affirming. Notable initiatives she has spearheaded include creation of The Gotta Go! Guide—an interactive, Google Maps-based guide to gender-neutral bathrooms across Philadelphia which helps trans and gender non-conforming people locate bathrooms they can use without fear of gender policing or violence. In October 2015, Fitzgerald was instrumental in creating and championing legislation that requires all single-stall bathrooms in Philadelphia to be gender-neutral.
A founding board member of Collective Liberty, Rayna Kessler is a principal at the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are injured by corporate and institutional misconduct, including those who manufacture defective drugs or medical devices. Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she is dedicated to preserving individual access to our civil justice system in both state and federal court. Kessler is also a board member of Public Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting consumers’ access to justice and against corporate abuse. In addition to her mass tort practice, Kessler works closely with nationally recognized law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, PC to help represent survivors of child sexual abuse in bringing claims against institutions that have failed to properly act and protect children from known perpetrators. These institutional failures include claims against Catholic clergy members, the Boy Scouts of America, and public schools.
Mallory Harrington is Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Officer at TFNB Your Bank for Life in Waco, Texas. Working over ten years in the financial industry, her passion is to combat the follow of illicit money through the financial system.
Mallory specializes in Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and financial crimes including, elder financial exploitation and human trafficking. She works diligently to protect the financial system from financial crime but is always committed to doing more. She finds it rewarding to share her knowledge and bring awareness to the public and private sectors. Working with local law enforcement, she uses her knowledge to implement money laundering training and awareness of financial red flags that may be tied to human trafficking. Looking for red flags of predicate offenses empowers law enforcement to focus on how to cripple trafficking networks and free individuals trapped in a cycle of human slavery.
Megan Rigabar is the Program Assistant for the Human Trafficking Programs at the Office of the South Carolina Attorney General. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Megan was the Disruption Strategies Fellow with Polaris, where she served as the pilot researcher to analyze nearly 600 illicit massage businesses’ use of online advertisements to obscure human trafficking practices. She also conducted research and provided logistical support for the Human Rights Programs at Vital Voices Global Partnership.
Megan graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with majors in Global Studies and Spanish and a minor in Islamic World Studies. While in college, Megan spent time in Cusco, Peru, studying Spanish and working at Aporvidha, a local human rights organization. She also spent a semester in Meknes, Morocco, where she studied Arabic and assisted a local community shelter in implementing English programs for youth and wellness programs for female survivors of violence. Megan was named the University of South Carolina’s 2019 Outstanding Woman of the Year for her work leading campus anti-human trafficking efforts and promoting women’s rights in her community.
Caroline Bruff is an intelligence analyst at Collective Liberty, where she organizes and compiles human trafficking data and provides actionable intelligence insights. Caroline received her Master's in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service before beginning a career in intelligence analysis. Prior to joining Collective Liberty, Caroline worked as a criminal intelligence analyst on the Organized Crime Unit at the Texas Department of Public Safety, where she spearheaded the state's first criminal counterintelligence program. After, she worked as a private sector intelligence analyst, helping build an intelligence program and overseeing a team of analysts at a cybersecurity company in Silicon Valley.
The Communications Lead at Collective Liberty, Anastasia Anisimova is a freelance journalist and a radio news producer who has more than five years of experience working with media outlets like the BBC in Russia and the United Kingdom. Anisimova has produced the morning show and documentaries at Moscow’s Kommersant FM radio station, and has also covered major political, economic, and social events—on topics such as gender equality and feminism—in Moscow and beyond. Anisimova maintains our digital platform on human trafficking news media, which includes content strategy and delivery, as well as writing blog posts and a monthly newsletter on the latest human trafficking news.
With 11 years of brand marketing and management experience, Raha Borhani has a proven track record of strategically identifying, planning and executing national programs and partnerships with brands including Whole Foods Market, Live Nation, Feeding America, AEG, Reebok, and more. She oversaw comprehensive programming that comprised of social media, retail, partnerships, and distributor engagement, localized to appeal to regional markets. Raha has helped build two field marketing departments from the ground up, both at Vita Coco Coconut Water and GT’s Living Foods. During her time at Vita Coco, Raha helped develop social and retail programming that amplified in field activity, resulting in a 42% sales lift. Within one year as the West Marketing Manager, she gained top market share in every region through combined efforts in social media, field activation, SBM programs, retail support, media, influencer networking, etc. Raha has consulted for startups PathWater and Better Days NGO to help develop the brand strategy and development.