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Our Team

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Leadership Team

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Daniela Peterka-Benton
Director, Global Center on Human Trafficking
Associate Professor, Justice Studies

peterkabentd@montclair.edu

Daniela Peterka-Benton is an associate professor in the Department of Justice Studies and serves as the coordinator for the department’s International Justice concentration. She has a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology from the University of Vienna, Austria, a Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and Master’s degree in Adult and Media Education from the University of Vienna. Read More

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Christabelle Robinson
Communications and Social Media Specialist

robinsonchr@montclair.edu

Christabelle Robinson (she/her/hers) is the Communications and Social Media Specialist at the Global Center on Human Trafficking. A survivor herself, her passion for survivor advocacy and rights is at the forefront of her work. Christabelle has years of survivor advocacy experience including blogs, interviews, and public speaking on human trafficking and related issues. She is an experienced trainer and educator and draws from her lived experience to connect with audiences. Read More
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Ashlee Martellacci
Student and Volunteer Program Coordinator

martellaccia@montclair.edu

Ashlee Martellacci is the Student and Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Global Center on Human Trafficking, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy for Montclair State University. She has a Master’s in Child Advocacy and Policy with a concentration in Public Child Welfare and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Montclair State University. She also holds a paralegal certificate from Montclair State University. Read More
Madison Kranis (she/her/hers) is the Program Assistant at the Global Center on Human Trafficking. Madison is passionate about advocating for human rights and has been involved with anti-trafficking organizations for several years. She has a BA in Justice Studies from Montclair State University and an MA in Human Trafficking, Organised Crime, and Migration at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham in London, UK.  Read More

Founder

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Mimi Feliciano
Founder and Senior Advisor, FEM Real Estate, LLC


Mimi Feliciano, Founder and Senior Advisor of the Global Center on Human Trafficking, brought her passion for supporting anti-trafficking efforts to the university in 2018, which led to the establishment of MIGHT: the Montclair Interest Group On Human Trafficking. Reflecting Mimi’s vision for a response to trafficking that integrates all perspectives, this collaborative group included faculty, staff, and students with a mission to engage the entire campus. In 2021, Mimi’s generosity and commitment was realized in seed funding for establishing the Global Center on Human Trafficking. The Center is now housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences leading a multi-disciplinary effort focused on developing innovative solutions to the global problem of human trafficking. Read More
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Advisory Council

We welcome new members and partners. Please contact us for more information.

  • Brianne Baird, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Kieran Barrett, Chief of Police, Montclair State University
  • Bond Benton, Associate Professor, School of Communications and Media
  • Nancy Coba, Clinical Specialist, Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy
  • Jason Dickinson, Professor, Psychology
  • Emily Douglas, Chairperson, Social Work and Child Advocacy
  • Elizabeth Emery, Professor, World Languages and Cultures
  • Mathew Jack, Managing Director, Public Service Practice, Fermata
  • Debra Jones, Global Partnership Strategist, Global Center on Human Trafficking; Adjunct Professor, Justice Studies, Montclair State University
  • Maneesha Kelkar, Adjunct Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Department
  • Peter Kingstone, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Science
  • Madison Kranis, Program Assistant, Global Center on Human Trafficking
  • Francesca Laguardia, Associate Professor, Justice Studies
  • Nicole Lytle, Associate Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
  • Ross Malaga, Chairperson, Information Management and Business Analytics, Montclair State University
  • Manveer Mann, Associate Professor, Marketing, Montclair State University
  • Ashlee Martellacci, Adjunct Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy
  • Maryrose Mcinerney, Instructional Specialist, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Meaghan Morin, Communications Director, College of Humanities and Social Science
  • Joseph Oluwole, Professor, Chairperson, Educational Leadership
  • Minnie Parker, Professional Services Specialist 2/Administrative Services (CWA), College of Humanities and Social Science
  • Daniela Peterka-Benton, Associate Professor, Justice Studies
  • Allison Quinn, Director of Development, University Development
  • Laura Quiros, Associate Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
  • Lynette Reitz, Associate Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
  • Jessica Restaino, Professor, Writing Studies
  • Christabelle Robinson, Communications and Media Specialist, Global Center on Human Trafficking
  • Ted Russo, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Stephen Ruszczyk, Associate Professor, Sociology, Montclair State University
  • Dave Ryan, Director, Westchester County Domestic Violence High-Risk Team
  • Ely Santoni Tuero, Senior Director of Gift Planning, Development
  • Sanford Shevack, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology, Montclair State University
  • Marissa Silverman, Professor of Music, Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Education, John J. Cali School of Music
  • Kenneth Sumner, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, Academic Affairs
  • Monica Taylor, Professor, Educational Foundations, Montclair State University
  • Krystal Woolston, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement

Legislative Breakfast Committee

The Legislative Breakfast Committee is a collective of event partners comprised of local organizations, Montclair staff and faculty, lived experience professionals, and the Global Center on Human Trafficking (GCHT). This dedicated group collaborates to plan and promote the Annual Legislative Breakfast to tackle critical issues, drive impactful conversations, and effect positive change in New Jersey’s legislative landscape with survivors and victims at the forefront of the discussion and active advocacy.

Legislative Breakfast Committee Members:

Local Partners:

Covenant House – NJ
HR Recovery Initiative
Family Service League
Legal Services of New Jersey
New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Montclair Partners:

Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Justice Studies
Political Science and Law Department
Pre-Law Program
Social Work and Child Advocacy Department