Maja Hasic serves as the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Director with Tapestri Inc., a non-profit social service agency that works with survivors of violence from the immigrant and refugee community. Ms. Hasic designs and provides trainings and outreach to mainstream service providers, law enforcement, and community organizations on human trafficking on a local, state-wide, and national basis. Currently, Ms. Hasic works to establish collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations and law enforcement around the issue of human trafficking. In addition, Ms. Hasic provides technical assistance to HHS region 4 and ensures that HHS recipients in region 4 have a uniform response to human trafficking.
Ms. Hasic holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State University.
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
DHS is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers, and protecting victims. DHS also provides immigration relief to non-U.S. citizen victims of human trafficking. DHS utilizes a victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, which places equal value on identifying and stabilizing victims and on investigating and prosecuting traffickers.
Georgia Cares was created as an initiative of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families in 2009. In 2013, Georgia Cares became a 501(c)(3) entity in an effort to grow in our capacity to serve victims through a public-private partnership. Georgia Cares is now an independent, non-profit organization working to serve child sex trafficking victims across the State of Georgia. Georgia Cares is the single, statewide coordinating agency to connect services and treatment care for victims. Through research informed practices and evidence based assessments, we coordinate services to meet all needs and dimensions of a child’s wellbeing. Staff follows victims throughout their process of treatment and recovery to lead healthy, successful lives as productive members of society.
Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking is the only local nonprofit organization in the Coastal GA region with a mission solely dedicated to combating human trafficking crimes and environments. SWAHT provides outreach, education, legislative advocacy, and support for service providers and law enforcement agencies directly handling complex cases involving child exploitation and human trafficking.
Deidre Harrison serves as President of the organization with more than 10 years in government and nonprofit program management supporting port commerce, refugees, victims of human trafficking and community development. Ms. Harrison holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Clemson University and a Bachelor's Degree from the Florida State University.
Jonathan Todres, professor of law, researches and writes on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being. Todres has published extensively on child trafficking and related forms of child exploitation, economic and social rights issues, legal and cultural constructs of childhood, and human rights in children’s literature. He co-authored a book, Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law, published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Todres serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address child trafficking and other children’s rights issues. He is Child Rights Advisor to ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) and a board member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. Todres is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Todres received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A. (with high honors in International Development) from Clark University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a number of years in international development and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Todres is a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society and teaches Human Rights and Children, Public Health Law, Torts, and Family Law.here.
Dr. Jonathan Todres
Georgia State University College of Law