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Hadiyyah Abdul-Jalaal currently serves as the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA member sponsored by the University of Maryland SAFE Center Equity and Community Engagement programs for the July 2021- July 2022 service year. In this role, Ms. Abdul-Jalaal will review and recommend updates to internal policies that will foster an environment of diversity and inclusion and align with the Center’s vision of being an antiracist organization. She will work to support the development of the Center’s Survivor Leadership Program and Survivor Ambassador Program. Before joining the Center, Ms. Abdul-Jalaal served for three years as an undergraduate research assistant at George Mason University under the direction of Dr. Correa-Cabrera. In addition, Ms. Abdul-Jalaal had the opportunity to interns twice with the U.S. Department of State. First, in 2019, with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Office Multilateral and Global Affairs on the Internet Freedom, Business, & Human Rights team. Then, in 2020, with the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on the Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs team. Ms. Abdul-Jalaal received her Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics with a concentration in International Relations while receiving a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government in May 2021. Ms. Abdul-Jalaal will graduate with her Master’s in Public Policy, with an emphasis in Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption, in May 2022.

Sophie Aron joined the SAFE Center staff in June, 2019 as a Research and Program Coordinator. In this role she will help develop and support the SAFE Center’s state and local task force work, public health research and program implementation, and survivor leadership programming. She also works to support the Center’s crisis intervention team. Before joining the SAFE Center in her current role, Ms. Aron interned for a year at the Center in a similar capacity while pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She has also completed an internship with social workers at a D.C. charter school and served a year of AmeriCorps conducting conflict mediation in Montgomery County middle and high schools. Ms. Aron has spent a year in India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina studying healthcare systems and how trauma affects access to public healthcare systems. Ms. Aron earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and her BA in Anthropology from Hamilton College.

Danielle M. Barnard is a nationally certified victim advocate, CA, serving as a Case Manager at the SAFE Center. In addition to her experience in victim advocacy, Danielle has background in social justice, community development, international development, and diversity and inclusion. Before coming to the SAFE Center, Ms. Barnard worked as a legal advocate for survivors of sexual assault in Southwest Michigan for the Cora Lamping Center in Benton Harbor, MI. In this position, in addition to providing trauma-informed direct services and crisis response for survivors across the county, she also developed relationships with the county prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, and cross-cutting local groups such as the SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and the Interfaith Action Collaborative. Internationally, Ms. Barnard worked on a team of development and social work graduate students in Madagascar working local governments and organizations to support various high-needs populations such as youth in detention, rural farmers, and isolated medical facilities. In addition, while in Madagascar, she and her cohort did policy advocacy on behalf of regions being exploited by transnational corporations and presented proposals to the president’s Chief of Staff. Ms. Barnard has a Masters in Community & International Development and a Bachelors in Theology. In the future, she aspires to complete her Masters in Social Work so that she can provide more clinical support to high-needs communities nationally and internationally.

Sierra Egan, M.S., supports the SAFE center team as a case manager. She completed her Master’s degree in Justice, Law, and Criminology from American University School of Public Affairs in May 2021. As a graduate student Sierra conducted countless research projects on topics such as intimate partner violence among undocumented latinx women, project management, and trauma informed police training. Most recently, she worked alongside her six peers to create a in-depth analysis of the nexus between public health and policing to provide a comprehensive report of best practices and recommendations to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Prior to joining the SAFE Center team, Sierra worked at House of Ruth Maryland as one of their Legal Victim Advocates. During her time there, Ms. Egan assisted dozens of survivors of intimate partner violence with obtaining protective orders. In the future, she aspires to continue her work with survivors and her education in the criminology field, specifically police reform and victim’s rights.

Rebeca García Gil is an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow at the SAFE Center. During her two-year fellowship, she will represent survivors of sex and labor trafficking in all immigration matters and in crime victims’ rights advocacy and enforcement, as well as connect survivors with pro bono organizations and low bono attorneys for other legal matters arising from victimization. Ms. García Gil is bilingual and strives to give clients a culturally competent legal representation. She obtained her law degree in 2018 from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Journal of International Law and a student attorney at the Immigration Clinic.

Tanejah Jones, MSW-LMSW joined the SAFE Center as a Prevention Social Worker in September, 2020. Tanejah’s primary role is to help develop, implement and manage the Prevention Project that will be presented in high schools within Prince George’s County. In addition to the prevention project, she is also providing clinical, crisis intervention, and individual and group therapy services at the Center. Ms. Jones completed a Master’s degree Clinical Social Work from Simmons University in Boston, MA. During her time at Simmons she interned with Dove, Inc., a community domestic violence organization as an outreach and education specialist. Her role was to go into the community, local middle schools and high schools to present about domestic violence and the warning signs of an abusive relationship. Additionally, she interned at the Centers for Violence Prevention and Recovery (CVPR) at Beth Israel Medical Center working with survivors of domestic violence, community violence, sexual assaults, and human trafficking. At CVPR she also worked one-on-one and facilitated groups with survivors of violence using trauma-informed care. Tanejah has a passion for prevention work and enjoys working within the community.

Ellie Lewis Park began her professional anti-trafficking career in 2017 at the University of Maryland SAFE Center, where she currently serves as the Outreach & Program Coordinator. As a member of the Research Team, Ms. Park coordinates outreach efforts for the Regional Navigator program — building, training, and equipping a network of partner agencies across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to increase identification of and specialized services for potential youth sex trafficking survivors. Ms. Park also supports in conducting internal program evaluation plans across all SAFE Center programs, oversees the SAFE Center’s client data management system, and assists in preparing federal government and foundation grant proposals. Prior to this position, Ms. Park served as the SAFE Center’s Communications Coordinator, completed one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member developing the SAFE Center’s economic empowerment and volunteer programs, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice course on human trafficking. Ms. Park received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2017 and will graduate with a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2023.

Neil Mallon, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker with The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a clinical field instructor and advisor to the University of Maryland SAFE Center. Mr. Mallon has over ten years of clinical and macro social work practice experience within a variety of service settings, including child welfare, mental health, immigration, staff training/development, research and evaluation. In his current role at The Institute, Mr. Mallon works extensively with Maryland’s public and private child welfare providers to support the implementation and integration of a functional assessment tool to support decision making, quality improvement initiatives, and outcomes monitoring for youth and families served by the state’s child welfare systems. He is also the clinical field instructor for social work student interns at the SAFE Center and advisor for case management related policies and practice protocols. Mr. Mallon has assisted in the development of the Center’s trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach to practice and serves as a liaison to the State’s public and private child serving systems to support cross system collaboration in service delivery for domestic minor victims of trafficking. Mr. Mallon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Evenny Milliner, MSW supports the SAFE Center as a Case Manager under the Social Services teamDuring previous positions at Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and the Latin American Youth Center, Ms. Milliner gained experience working with youth and young adults in various capacities including Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and youth experiencing homelessness. She incorporates her passion for trauma-informed sex therapy and sex education into her daily work with survivors and the community as a means of support, building resilience, and prevention. Ms. Milliner completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University and specialized in Displaced Populations in 2020 and graduated with her BSW from Andrews University in 2019.

Vasu Moodley currently serves as the Operations Manager for the SAFE Center. Vasu has over 16 years’ non-profit experience in South Africa, India, and the United States with special focus on community development and adult basic education for social change. As the Business Manager of CV Projects SA, Vasu led the establishment of the Ikusasa Development Trust, a nonprofit organization that spearheaded the S3Village Integrated Development Project. Vasu was the former Acting Director of Operation Upgrade of South Africa, a literacy nonprofit that was awarded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy in 2008. Vasu is a Trustee of the James Nxumalo Education Trust, and an advisory board member of the Family Literacy Project. He has also served as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Umhlanga since 2012. Vasu holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and History from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (previously University of Natal).

UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.