Rochelle Keyhan is the Chief Executive Officer of Collective Liberty and the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Hero. She develops and executes the organization’s strategic direction and collaborations focused on disrupting specific types of human trafficking, including recruiting and maintaining robust collaborative networks of law enforcement, agency stakeholders, and service providers. Solutions are all guided by collaboration with survivors of human trafficking, and stakeholders within the systems the work is trying to shift. Her team analyzes national trends and best practices, creating comprehensive trainings and resources to help facilitate the effective and systemic eradication of trafficking in the United States.
She was formerly the Director of Disruption Strategies, at Polaris, a department she designed to shift systems to disrupt trafficking while supporting and empowering (instead of arresting) survivors in the United States. In that capacity she created national strategies to disrupt human trafficking including supporting the passage of over two dozen state and local laws, training thousands of law enforcement and financial crimes investigators across the country, and guiding the creation of the largest, most comprehensive dataset on a specific type of trafficking in the nation. It was this work, as well as her unique capacity for connecting historically siloed stakeholders to one another to build a more cohesive anti-trafficking field that led to her nomination and ultimate winning of the Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery Hero award. She has since convened and connected stakeholders from Nordic model countries as well as service providers across European source and destination countries, empowering similar shifts in approach. Her work has lead to the IAFCI Cyber Crime Investigator of the Year, MassChallenge Diamond Award, Innovate4Good, NGEN Leader of the Year finalist, and a fellowship with Progressive Women Voices.
Before joining Polaris, Rochelle spent six years as a prosecutor of gender-based violence crimes in Philadelphia, where she is bar certified to practice law. She also previously served as director of the non-profits Feminist Public Works and HollabackPHILLY (while a founding board member of Hollaback!). As an Assistant District Attorney, Rochelle championed the need for increased investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in Philadelphia, successfully prosecuting the first two trials herself. Her approach to prosecution involves a perpetrator-focused process that centers the victims, limiting added trauma while maximizing survivor empowerment. Her non-profit work on gender-based violence emphasized systemic approaches toward sustainable culture shifts to end gender-based violence and insecurity. As a first generation Iranian-American, she also speaks conversational Farsi.
Oscar Delgado is the Training and Field Building Lead at Collective Liberty, where he helps build and maintain culturally competent, trauma-informed anti-trafficking coalitions that connect local stakeholders across the nation. Over the past 10 years he has worked in various anti trafficking efforts in United States and Mexico. Oscar is also an Outreach Coordinator for the New England Coalition against Trafficking, where he oversees a program with six state leads, a survivor network and anti-trafficking education programs. Prior to joining Collective Liberty, Oscar was the co-director of a National Anti-Trafficking Prevention Program in Mexico. Through that prevention program he created programs and campaigns in schools in 22 states in Mexico. He conducted research, created trainings and protocols for anti-trafficking hotlines, airlines, law enforcement and hospitals in Mexico and the US. He helped 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. He ran a summer program for 50 survivors of both labor trafficking and sexual exploitation. He worked in an aftercare program for teen survivors of labor and sex trafficking in Mexico. Oscar has also worked as a consultant and adviser for anti-trafficking programs in Mexico, Colorado and Massachusetts. Oscar speaks fluent Spanish.
Veronica Buckley is a founding board member of Collective Liberty, primarily serving as a subject matter expert and the intelligence expert for the board. She formerly served as the Intelligence Analysis Manager at Polaris with the Disruption Strategies team. As Intelligence Analysis manager she researched and analyzed different types of human trafficking, providing actionable intelligence and analytic insights on national trends to internal leadership and strategic partners. In that capacity Veronica created the most comprehensive open-source data set on a specific type of trafficking in the nation, receiving commendation letters from NYPD, Texas Senate, and a formal motion of commendation in the Texas House and Library of Congress.
Ms. Buckley has professional experience in both the public and private sectors, where she worked closely with law enforcement and other government officials. In addition to her anti-trafficking efforts, she spends her time navigating DC traffic and enjoying 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, and a founding board member of Collective Liberty. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Gabby was a felony prosecutor with the McLennan County District Attorney’s office for over seven and a half years. She was the first chief prosecutor of the Special Victims Unit, which prosecutes 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. In her time with the McLennan County District Attorney’s office Gabby prosecuted approximately 100 felony criminal trials including the first human trafficking jury trial to be tried in McLennan County.
Prior to returning to her native Waco and joining the DA’s Office Gabby was a criminal defense attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for five years. Since becoming a prosecutor, Gabby has trained Texas prosecutors, law enforcement, and probation officers, as well as spoken on child abuse, human trafficking, family violence and prosecution in the community and state wide.
Meghan Carton is a founding board member of Collective Liberty, primarily serving as a subject matter expert on policy and strategy. Mrs. Carton has over a decade of experience with government and public service. Most recently she served as a specialist at the Polaris Project where she focused on working with city and state legislators to craft new or updated legislation to target business loopholes that allowed trafficking venues to flourish, training over 500 regulatory enforcement officials on improving cultural competency and spotting/reacting to potential trafficking situations, and raising community awareness about this issue by providing print and video media interviews.
Mrs. Carton currently serves as the Deputy Director for the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), a non-profit in the Washington, D.C. area that serves as an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.
She is passionate about highlighting the intersections and commonalities between domestic violence and different types of trafficking. And in ensuring the fields can learn from one another in terms of cultural competency, field and community building, and system change.
Anna Hernandez is a founding board member of Collective Liberty, and brings 10 years of experience working in the philanthropic and non-profit sector, where she has worked for private and family foundations as well as for a global nonprofit. She currently works at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco, California where she is responsible for operational process improvement and grant impact analysis. She previously worked at Business for Social Responsibility, Inc where she created and improved the organization’s grant management processes and systems, ensured compliant and efficient reporting of 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 firm of Laffey, Bucci and Kent LLP. She has focused her career on helping crime victims navigate the civil justice system and obtain monetary compensation against perpetrators and other individuals and business entities. Fitzpatrick also has extensive experience advising and supporting federal and local government and policy on gender-based rights and freedoms.
She served for six and a half years as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia. Nellie Fitzpatrick spent the majority of her career as a prosecutor in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, prosecuting rape, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse (physical and sexual) cases. In addition to her responsibilities as a prosecutor, Fitzpatrick served as the LGBTQ Liaison to the District Attorney’s Office for the last 3 years of her career with the Office. She is/was a subject matter expert on LGBTQ issues for the Department of Justice (Obama Administration). Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Fitzpatrick in January 2015 to serve as the second Director of LGBTQ Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, which she carried for two terms. In this role she worked directly with government officials, departments and agencies at the federal, state and local level to further develop government systems that see and protect underserved and often marginalized populations. Fitzpatrick was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System in 2015 and 2016, and the advisory board of Center City Crime Victim Services where she worked to help establish an LGBTQ advocate and assist in providing LGBTQ component victim services to crime victims throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Aside her from government appointments where she was able to shift systems from within, she also shifted external systems and cultures to make them more LGBT affirming. Notable culture shifts she spearheaded included the creation of The Gotta Go! Guide, an interactive, Google Maps-based guide to gender-neutral bathrooms across Philadelphia. Fitzpatrick create this guide to help trans and gender non-conforming people locate a bathroom they can use without fear or anxiety of gender policing or violence. In October 2015, Fitzpatrick was instrumental in creating and championing legislation requiring all single-stall bathrooms in Philadelphia to be gender-neutral.
Rayna E. Kessler is a founding board member of Collective Liberty, and a principal in the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are injured by corporate and institutional misconduct, including those that manufacture defective drugs or medical devices. Licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Rayna is dedicated to preserving individual access to our civil justice system in both state and federal court. Rayna 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, Rayna works closely with the nationally recognized law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, PC to assist in representing survivors of child sexual abuse in bringing claims against institutions who 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.