What is the Survivor Alliance?
  • A non-profit organization that unites and empowers survivors of slavery and human trafficking around the world.
  • A global network of survivor leaders who are engaged in anti-slavery work, or interested in becoming engaged.
What do we do?
  • Connect survivors to one another through a secure, online digital space
  • Send out resources for your consulting work
  • Provide free CV/resume review through our trained volunteers
  • Host a World Congress to bring survivor leaders together
  • Work with allies to ensure that survivor voices are central to any anti-slavery effort
  • Support and facilitate survivor involvement where possible.
  • Support the development of local survivor networks, and connect existing networks across city, state, and nations
Want to know more or get in touch? Contact us or email info [at] survivoralliance.org

Board

Minh Dang, Director

Minh Dang is currently a PhD student in the School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham. She is studying the wellbeing of survivors of slavery and human trafficking. Minh is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area region of California and a proud two-time UC Berkeley alum. Minh earned her B.A. in Sociology and Masters in Social Welfare, with an emphasis on Community Mental Health. From 2005 to 2011, she worked at UC Berkeley as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for the Public Service Center. She has served on the Board of YEAH!, The Morris Center for Healing from Child Abuse, and AnnieCannons, an organization training survivors of human trafficking to become web developers. Recently, she was a Team Manager at Linde Group, an IT consulting firm in Emeryville. Minh is an avid backpacker, poet, and runner. She is a fan of farmers’ markets, loves to sing, and controls the center of the soccer pitch. You will rarely find her without a journal or post-it notes, and she hopes to one day launch a stationery line called Minhspiration.


Holly Smith, Director

Holly is the Director of the Human Trafficking Response Program at Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. She joined Dignity Health in 2015, and oversees efforts to recognize and respond to trafficked persons in the healthcare setting. In 2014, Holly published an academic book titled Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery. Holly has a B.A. in Biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and before Dignity Health, she worked as a Senior Microscopist for an environmental microbiology lab. She is a current blogger for the Huffington Post, is a nationally renowned speaker and trainer, and often advises law enforcement officials, legislators, social service providers, human trafficking task forces, and journalists. Holly is also a survivor of child sex trafficking and an activist against all forms of human trafficking and exploitation. She has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous organizations, including the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the AMBER Alert program.

Hannah Rose Murray, Director

“Dr. Hannah-Rose Murray is a historian based at the University of Nottingham. She researches c19th American slavery and abolition, in particular recovering the written, visual and oratorical testimony of formerly enslaved individuals. Her website, www.frederickdouglassinbritain.com, follows the lecturing tours of men and women such as Frederick Douglass, Moses Roper, Josiah Henson and Ida. B. Wells in the British Isles. In tracing such tours, she exposes and analyses the cost of such extensive abolitionist activism on the bodies and souls of survivors, and hopes this research will provide context for survivor-activists in the contemporary world. With a strong record of public engagement, Hannah-Rose has organised numerous community events on both sides of the Atlantic, including talks, plays, exhibitions, heritage plaques, and workshops, all focusing on the testimony of historical survivors of slavery. She is honoured to be a part of the Survivor Alliance, and the organisation’s official historian!”

Savannah Sanders, Director

Savannah Sanders is the founder of SexTraffickingPrevention.org and author of Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals published by Unhooked books in 2015. Sanders has expertise in human trafficking, child abuse prevention, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, intergenerational abuse and is a strong advocate for survivor leadership. For more than 9 years, Mrs. Sanders has worked with communities across the country to provide survivor and trauma-informed training, consulting and curriculum development that impacts the way survivors of abuse receive services. She uses her dynamic background as a social worker, parent, foster parent, and survivor leader to impact the hearts and minds of those she works with.
Previously, Mrs. Sanders was the Director of Human Trafficking and Community Outreach at a 120-bed crisis shelter, working to fully integrated human trafficking services and increase identification for survivors of all forms of human trafficking. She also worked to develop regional protocols to increase response and training across Arizona to better serve survivors in rural communities. As the training coordinator for the Safe Action Project, sanders trained hospitality staff around the country on how to recognize and report human trafficking within hotels.
Mrs. Sanders has extensive experience in providing training seminars for rural communities, prevention, trauma-informed care, and integrating services. Among other awards, she received the Mesa Community College Distinguished Women’s Award in 2015. Sanders shares her compelling story of abuse and recovery as a source of inspiration and motivation for audiences across the United States, providing testimony on Emmy-nominated television news segments, documentaries and on talk radio. Sanders has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in women and gender studies from Arizona State University.

Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals

Fainess Lipenga, Director

Fainess Lipenga has been an active member of the National Survivor Network since 2013. As a survivor of labor trafficking, she uses her voice and experience to educate the community and raise awareness. Her mission is to prevent other survivors from being re-victimized and to give them hope and courage to heal, become leaders, and achieve their dreams. Lipenga has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the challenges survivors face and presented to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has provided training for pro bono lawyers, law students, physicians, law enforcement officials, and federal prosecutors. She has spoken at national conferences and developed expert training materials. Lipenga believes survivor voices and leadership are essential to advocacy on human trafficking. She is a certified nursing assistant and continues to pursue her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

Staff

Lara Powers

Lara Powers is a consultant who has been on the forefront of U.S. anti-trafficking efforts for 6 years, working on survivor leadership and empowerment issues, U.S. national human trafficking hotline development and management, U.S. statewide anti-trafficking response, data management, and analytics, monitoring and evaluation, U.S. policy advocacy, and trauma-informed care. She is currently she serves as the Regional Director of the Survivor Alliance Capacity Building Initiative, which aims to integrate local survivor leadership infrastructures into the anti-trafficking responses of three U.S. cities through survivor community organizing strategies and the creation of a survivor leadership development program. Additionally, she works as the Survivor Engagement Advisor at Polaris, where she uses her connections within the survivor community to systemically incorporate diverse survivor input across all of the organization’s programs. Previously, Lara was the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline Manager at Polaris, where she oversaw hotline case quality and response; protocol and policy development; outcomes and impact management; and staff training, wellness, and professional development. She started as a Hotline Advocate in 2012 before moving on to a role as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Specialist, where she oversaw the anti-trafficking response to calls originating in the 14 U.S. states. She has also provided training and consultations to a variety of audiences, including federal and local government and law enforcement, international delegations, service providers, judges, prosecutors, child welfare entities, juvenile justice agencies, healthcare professionals, and larger task forces and coalitions. Lara holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from the American University’s School of International Service, with a concentration in human trafficking and gender-based violence

Hannah Street

Hannah Street is the Administrative Assistant for Survivor Alliance - having the joy and privilege of connecting with members, creating resources, helping schedule upcoming strategic meetings, and more. If you’re a member, the chances are you’ve had an email from her! Alongside this, she is currently studying a Masters in Person-Centred Counseling & Psychotherapy at the University of Nottingham. She is also an Outreach Coordinator with the Jericho Project, a non-profit based within Nottingham. Prior to this, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and spent several years working with a non-profit organization based in Tijuana, Mexico. It was here - working alongside women who had been trafficked and exploited - that her decision to dedicate her life to the empowerment of survivors began. She feels so privileged to have the opportunity to live out this passion through this job, and work alongside such inspirational individuals; members and directors alike! In her spare time, she loves to read, explore, hike, and perfect her coffee-making.



Kianna Leader

Kianna Leader is the Membership Engagement Intern for Survivor Alliance. Her role includes connecting with members and engaging with volunteers which she thoroughly enjoys. Alongside this, Kianna is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at university.It was during her time studying when she become more aware of modern day slavery. This pushed her to get actively involved in uniting and empowering survivors. Kianna is also a huge music fan, so within her spare time she enjoys going to various concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Natasha McKenzie

Natasha Mckenzie is a Masters student in the School of International Relations and Politics at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests lie in the application of innovative technologies in impeding human rights abuses namely forced labour in the global supply chain. Natasha has mixed her love of different cultures, languages, and customs with her passion for working in the field of Human Rights and Development, leading her to work in a variety of countries, from Tajikistan, Turkey and the US, to Spain and Chile. Natasha loves sport, and can usually be found out on a run with friends, falling off a climbing wall or training with the University boxing team. She is honored to be part of Survivor Alliance and hopes to be of help in engaging the local community in our work.

Partners

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Technology development services by and for survivors and proud partner of the Survivor Alliance and its members.
The Survivor Alliance is developed in partnership with The University of Nottingham's Rights Lab
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Fiscally Sponsored by
The Freedom Fund
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