Still I Rise
Still I Rise
We hope you can join us at this year’s Still I Rise event to stand up against human trafficking. This year The Salvation Army New York in collaboration with Not On My Watch, Inc. and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) will host two days of education, training, and worship.
Who should attend? Law Enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, social service providers, communities of faith and general public.
Three events in two days.
- Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking
Friday 9.20.2019 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Dare to Care: A Survivor-Led Summit
Saturday 9.21.2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Pray for Freedom
Saturday 9.21.2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:30PM
Volunteer Opportunity – Friday 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM 9.20.19
Join Pearl Essence Outreach. Pearl Essence is an outreach effort focusing on illicit massage parlors and strip clubs. To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/PearlEssenceNYC/, to sign up, click on register.
Supervising Program Manager for Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative
Yvonne Chen serves as the Supervising Program Manager for Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative, one of the nation’s leading service providers for immigrant victims and survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence. Ms. Chen brings a unique perspective having been a live-in coordinator for a residential program for those who have experienced sex trafficking. Ms. Chen is a fluent Mandarin speaker and manages outreach services to help identify victims and survivors of trafficking. She has also been doing community outreach in massage parlors in order to build relationships with the workers. Ms. Chen provides direct outreach services to vulnerable communities, trains and educates people who may come in contact with potential victims, and spreads public awareness about the issue of human trafficking. Prior to coming to Sanctuary, Ms. Chen worked as a Grants Program Analyst at a fund and has experience working with different refugee populations in the States and South Africa.
Rev Dr. Que English
Named 1 of 25 most influential women in the Bronx, Rev. Dr. Que English continues to be a trailblazer for criminal justice reform, education reform, combatting human trafficking and domestic violence, and issues surrounding women and girls. She is the CEO/Founder of Not on My Watch, Inc. (NOMW), an organization on the frontline of combatting human trafficking and domestic violence in New York City. Over the years, NOMW has educated and trained thousands of individuals and have worked together with national and local organizations to see the passing of key city, state and federal legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Que serves as the Convener of TrafficK-Free NYC (TFNYC) and brings together service providers, city agencies, survivors and faith leaders to strategize around effectively combatting human trafficking in New York City. It is the only citywide community-led coalition of its kind that focuses solely on combatting trafficking in New York City. Under their watch, almost one million dollars has been allocated to combatting human trafficking where the newly expanded Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic and Gender-based Violence oversees.
Through her passion for criminal justice reform, in 2016, she launched the first pilot of the People’s Police Academy in New York City, a community-led academy to help public safety officers transition into the communities they serve through education and orientation. Most notably, Dr. Que was one of three negotiators who solidified the multi-billion dollar historical community benefits agreement (CBA) on behalf of all New Yorkers for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC), slated to be the largest ice center in the U.S. with a potential economic impact of $1.9 billion.
Brian G. Gander
Special Agent, Criminal Division, New York Field Office
Brian G. Gander entered on duty with the FBI in 2002. He was assigned to the money laundering with potential for terrorism squad at the New York Office (NYO), where he conducted investigations focusing on money laundering as it pertained to individuals from high-interest countries. In approximately 2004, Mr. Gander’s squad was converted into a public corruption squad, which, in 2011, also assumed the responsibilities to investigate civil rights and human trafficking investigations. From 2012 to 2013, in addition to managing his civil rights and human trafficking investigations, Mr. Gander accepted a temporary assignment to assist a transnational organized crime squad based in White Plains, New York. In 2013, Mr. Gander accepted a position on the newly formed civil rights and foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA) squad. In late 2015 to the present, Mr. Gander has been on the violent crimes against children/human trafficking squad where he is the coordinator for all human trafficking investigations. In September 2017, SA Gander’s squad and the NYPD formed the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. In addition to his regular duties, since 2009, Mr. Gander has served on FBI-NYO’s Evidence Response Team (ERT), during which time Mr. Gander served as a team leader, and participated in several high profile criminal, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence investigations.
Lt. Detective Donna Gavin
Boston Police Department
Lieutenant Detective Donna Gavin is a 33- year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has spent much of her career investigating cases involving violent crimes against women and children including Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. She served for many years as the Commander of the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking and Crimes Against Children’s Units and recently was reassigned to the Boston Police Academy. Donna serves as Boston’s CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Team Co-coordinator which is part of a national network comprised of 11 cities who share best practices to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking through reducing the demand for the commercial sex trade. Donna is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts’s and National Associations of Women in Law Enforcement.
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte is a Human, Industrial & Trauma Psychologist. She’s the Founder and Chairwoman of Created for Greatness Leadership Group, Inc. She is currently a professor at the College of New Rochelle and Senior Training and Development Facilitator for The City University of New York. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is a Senior Legislative Advisor.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte is the Vice President of Training and Long Island Director of Anti-Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence for Not On My Watch Faith base organization. She served as a member of Senator James Sanders Economic and Marking committee. Dr. Hunte, is a proud member of the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization. She also sits on the board of New York Recovery Community Coalition; were she is the first Trauma Psychologist to serve. Dr. Griffith-Hunte serves as an executive board member for several other public and private schools and organizations.
In 2010, she was elected as the President for School Board 27, where she governed over 60 schools and was the adviser to the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City. She served in these capacities until 2015. In addition, she was appointed as the educational and community representative for the President of the Borough of Queens for the late, Honorable Helen Marshall. She’s the recipient of copious public service, educational and religious organizational awards including the 2019 New York State Senate, Woman of Distinction Honor, Citation of Honor from the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens, New York, The Distinguished Alumni Award of 2014 and the Community Leader’s Award. She has also appeared in well-known publications. In 2014, Dr. Hunte was characterized as the walking representation of the Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Dr. Hunte is the creator of the A. T. T Model of life.
Christina Massalay has worked in the financial services industry for 13 years. She works at Credit Suisse in the Internal Audit Department and has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Fortress Investment Group. She is a trusted financial professional with a passion for financial literacy helping individuals along their financial path. Christina volunteers in her community and at her church helping people to better manage their finances.
Christina attended Binghamton University, where she majored in accounting. She is a registered CPA and has a Series 7 license. She is the daughter of the Brooklyn Borough Director of “Not on My Watch,” who is a survivor of Human Trafficking.
Tristan Massalay-Ellis is a political strategist specializing in government relations and external affairs. A graduate of Cobleskill State University, Tristan Warner a degree in Business Administration with a minor in finance. In January 2018 Tristan became the Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller. Tristan would spend the following 11 months closing multiple projects including the monumental “Long Island Railroad Freedom Ticket”. Most recently Tristan accepted a role in the office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. Tristan serves as the Comptroller’s logistical assistant, preparing and reviewing all documents for the Comptroller.
Ms. Famatta Tanewe Massalay
As a survivor of human trafficking, Ms. Massalay’s passion is to ensure as many people can gain the tools to become freed of their traffickers and become successful in their individual lives; despite the exploration that they experienced in the past. Ms. Massalay strives to help people in gaining healthier lifestyles, in which they can become, better citizens who are able to better manage their traumatic experiences from Human Trafficking in a more manageable manner.
Ms.Massalay, has worked for the New York City Department of Education for over 24years, in several capacities, the longest held position is that of a General Education and Special Education Teacher. Now, serving as the Brooklyn Borough Director/Vice Chair for Not on My Watch, and continuing as a Special Educational/General Education Teacher.
Director of Training and External Affairs for Restore NYC
Chris Muller is the Director of Training and External Affairs for Restore NYC. Chris spearheads Restore’s strategic partnerships across the anti-trafficking field, and leads trainings to equip partners to better identify and respond to trafficking survivors. Since the fall of 2016, Chris has helped oversee and deliver training or technical assistance to over 200 partner agencies across 20 states. These partnerships include local and federal law enforcement, attorneys, direct service providers, and health care networks.
Vanessa R. Murray
Vanessa R. Murray is a Parent Coordinator for The New York City Department of Education for 14 years. During this time Ms. Murray has served within District 75, servicing Parents of children with special needs. Ms. Murray uses her knowledge, and experience to inform and advocate by turn keying information to families about Human Trafficking. Ms. Murray is a Graduate with her Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from the College of New Rochelle, and currently serves as a Queens borough Director for the Not On My Watch Organization.
Colonels Janet and Richard Munn
Colonels Janet and Richard Munn originate from the USA Eastern Territory where they served as corps officers and divisional leaders, and then at the USA East Territorial Headquarters – Richard as Secretary for Program and Janet as the Ambassador for Prayer and Spiritual Formation.
In 2008, they assumed responsibilities at the International College for Officers (ICO) and Center for Spiritual Life Development (CSLD) in London, England. This was followed by 2 years in the Australia East Territory, Richard serving as chief secretary and Janet as principal for the School for Officer Training, Booth College.
In July 2015 the Munns returned to the USA East where Janet served as principal for the College for Officer Training, and Richard as Secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics. In 2019 Richard and Janet were appointed as Directors of the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC), based in Manhattan, NY.
Janet is a graduate of Asbury College, Wilmore KY, (BA), and Greenville College, Greenville, IL (MA). In 2015 she successfully completed her Doctor of Ministry studies in transformational leadership with Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH.
Richard graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv) and received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2004. His project thesis assesses the egalitarian leadership model of The Salvation Army.
The Munns are parents of two young adult children, Nealson and Captain Olivia, and son-in law, Lt. Pratik, all of whom live in New York City.
Bishop Dr. R. C. Hugh Nelson
Bishop Dr. R. C. Hugh Nelson is a man of God committed to a ministry of restoration that reaches beyond the sanctuary, to uplift those most in need. He migrated to London, England as a young adult and pursued undergraduate studies in Theology at the European Bible Seminary in Rudersburg, Germany and Biblical Archaeological studies in Jerusalem, Israel. He later earned his Masters in Divinity degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, advanced certification in Community Service Chaplaincy and Advanced Certification in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Nelson completed his Doctor in Ministry degree at the New York Theological Seminary.
Rachel Parker is the Program Manager for World Relief Triad’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program. She supervises and coordinates outreach and direct services for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking, and collaborative responses across the Triad and Western NC. World Relief has specialized in serving foreign-national victims of trafficking. In 2017, services were expanded to all victims within the Triad area. Rachel supervises the coordination of the Triad Rapid Response Team and the Triad Labor Trafficking Task Force to support to victim identification across Guilford, Forsyth, and Davidson Counties, and provides trainings for professionals, communities, and churches across NC.
Prior to joining World Relief in 2011, Rachel worked and volunteered abroad in such places as Kenya and the Occupied Palestinian Territories; developing programs, researching, and advocating for the rights and services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Rachel completed her Masters in International Studies from East Carolina University in 2009.
Hannah Pennington is the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Training at the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence (ENDGBV), formerly known as the Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Previously, Hannah served as the ENDGBV’s Director of Policy and before that Executive Director of the Manhattan Family Justice Center. Hannah came to the Mayor’s Office from Sanctuary for Families where she was Director of the agency’s Bronx Legal Project housed at the Bronx Family Justice Center. Hannah started her legal career in private practice as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked on various commercial litigations and government investigations for over seven years. She graduated from Rutgers Law School and the Cornell University School of Industrial Relations. While at Rutgers, Hannah co-founded the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and secured a federal Violence Against Women Act grant to fund the program.
Chitra Raghavan obtained her doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and furthered her postdoctorate training at Yale University. She is a full professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and the Deputy Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. In her role as Deputy, she created and oversees the Advanced Certificate of Victim Studies and the Victim Track specialization contained within the Forensic Mental Health Counseling degree.
Carmen Rivera has been serving in ministry and her community for 16 years. She is an ordained Christian Minister and a Chaplain. Ms. Rivera is a crisis first responder in her community providing spiritual and pastoral care in a interfaith setting. Chaplain Rivera is a survivor of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.
She knows what it is like to go through the trauma of physical and emotional abuse and how the NYC domestic violence shelter for battered women became her refuge and escape into a life of recovery. Currently Ms. Rivera acts as a liaison between her faith community and the Mayor’s office under the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships.
Melanie Thompson is a speaker, activist, and leader in the global fight to end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficked and sold into prostitution in New York at the age of 12, she was later arrested and placed into foster care. She became an activist at age 14. Ms. Thompson has testified before numerous legislatures about the need to pass strong anti-trafficking laws and ending the arrests of sex trafficked and prostituted children and people in the sex trade. She is a student at Hunter College of the City University of New York and plans to open a non-profit organization to assist victims of trafficking and foster care.
Faoud Zahirudin is a Sergeant with the New York City Police Department and a member of the Vice Enforcement Division – Major Case Section of the Human Trafficking Team. Serving since 2004, Faoud worked primarily in the boroughs of the Bronx and Manhattan in the Patrol Bureau. Following his promotion to Sergeant in 2009, Faoud joined the Impact Rapid Response Team in Manhattan and then the Detective Bureau in May of 2014. He has served in various Detective Bureau commands in the Bronx, supervising the investigations of homicides, non-fatal shootings, and various other crimes. Faoud earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Planning with a background in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is F.E.T.I. (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview) trained and has completed various courses to enhance his career has a Law Enforcement professional which included H.I.D.T.A. (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and various other trainings.
Jason Pope has been working for The Salvation Army for the past 20 years. He has worked at the local, state, training school, regional, and international levels of the organization. Over the last six years he has worked as a Technical Advisor in Anti-human Trafficking at The Salvation Army World Service Office. His mission has been to support vulnerable children, women and families through community-based programming, this started in his own local community and expanded to communities around the world. He is currently finishing his second year as a Phd student focusing on International Family and Community Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts with a focus in cross cultural studies and a Master of Public Policy with a focus in international development.
The Quinn Center for Performing Arts Company Dancers
The Quinn Center for Performing Arts is a professional dance and performing arts center for both girls and boys. At the Quinn Center, children learn transferable skills and performance techniques which will enhance their lives in the studio and beyond. The Quinn Center for Performing Arts aims to instill the values of self-love, self-confidence, and self-acceptance. We strive to teach young people that their lives are meaningful. We endeavor to instill the message: No matter how young you are, you are important, loved, needed and you matter. The Quinn Center strives to be more than just a dance and performing arts center, but a studio that teaches the heart and art of dance.
Dr. Anita Ravi
Dr. Anita Ravi is a board-certified family physician and co-founder of the PurpLE Health Foundation. The Foundation is based on Dr. Ravi’s work founding the PurpLE (Purpose: Listen and Engage) Clinic at the Institute for Family Health in New York City (2015-2019). The clinic was designed to provide long-term healthcare for people who have experienced human trafficking and individuals impacted by other forms of trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. After serving over 300 people, receiving grant funding from the Department of Justice, and being recognized as a Health Resources and Services Administration “Promising Practice” in the care of people who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking, Dr. Ravi and her colleagues launched the PurpLE Health Foundation to support the launch of a stand-alone health center that could continue supporting innovative models of healthcare, research, advocacy, training and employment for gender-based violence survivors. Dr. Ravi’s advocacy work includes serving as an elected member of the American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Section Governing Council, conducting forensic examinations for people seeking asylum, and facilitating health education workshops in correctional settings. Dr. Ravi received the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium’s “Emerging Leader” Award and she regularly draws, writes and speaks at events across the country on how the health care system must radically adapt to meet the needs of survivors of trafficking and other forms of gender based violence.
Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St.Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.
Victim Specialist, Victim Services Division, New York Field Office
Laura Riso began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998 and has been a Victim Specialist since 2006. Ms. Riso coordinates and provides direct services to federal and local crime victims who have suffered direct or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, or pecuniary harm as the result of violent crime, severe trauma, and acts of terrorism, cybercrime, and fraud. She provides comprehensive services to victims of all ages, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Victim Specialist Laura Riso holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Forensic Psychology.
Shea M. Rhodes, Esquire
Shea M. Rhodes, Esq. has dedicated her career to combating violence against women, protecting the rights of those who are oppressed or exploited, and championing human rights. She is the statewide legal expert on Pennsylvania laws related to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. As the Co-Founder and Director of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Ms. Rhodes works with and on behalf of victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Ms. Rhodes is also a member of several anti-trafficking initiatives, locally and internationally, including Philadelphia’s Anti-Trafficking Coalition, the Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Work Group (PAHTAWG), Shared Hope International’s JuST Response Council, and is a member of the Executive Committee for World Without Exploitation (WorldWE). She also sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Dawn’s Place, a residential treatment program for women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Wolf to the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy. Ms. Rhodes regularly conducts trainings and presentations throughout the Commonwealth, nationally and internationally. Ms. Rhodes’ written materials, including policy papers, legal resources, and newsletters, can be found on the CSE Institute website. She is a graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the University of Kansas.
The Salvation Army is honored to partner with FAAST and Not On My Watch, Inc. and all of the partners that have come together to host two days of training, outreach, discussion and worship. We hope you can join us!
Unbound is the Eastern Territory’s Contemporary Worship Band. Unbound exists to create music that unites worshippers, proclaims the truths found in God’s Word, inspire and train Salvationist musicians and focus the cannon of music produced by The Salvation Army.
Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center (CCC) Youth Choir – CCC’s mission is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, help spiritual seekers become transformed believers, and demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ to the world, through humanitarian works and social engagement.
Dance by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church – A Place Where People Encounter God