SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
PANEL: CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County
Susan Goldfarb, MSW, LICSW is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA. In 2004, Ms. Goldfarb initiated Suffolk County’s Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a nationally-recognized multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them. SEEN has assisted nearly 1000 exploited and high-risk youth in the Greater Boston community. Ms. Goldfarb received a BS in psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work. She was the chair of the Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking Implementation Committee of the MA Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force, a member of the Boston Defending Childhood Initiative Leadership Team and serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.
Director of Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Gigi Scoles joined Vital Voices Global Partnership in the fall of 2013 as the Director of Human Rights, where she develops and implements programs for and with international leaders on issues involving gender based violence, human trafficking, harmful traditional practices, sexual assault and domestic violence. Prior to joining Vital Voices, she spent more than 8 years as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey, where she spent the majority of her tenure assigned to the Special Victims Unit, where she handled cases of Child Abuse and Neglect; Human Trafficking; and Sexual Assault. She has been active on policy issues surrounding violence against women and children on the State and International level. She has been active on issues involving the abuse of women and children, developing an expertise in policy issues involving human trafficking and sexual assault. In 2009, Ms. Scoles was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as the intermittent legal advisor to Djibouti on Human Trafficking from November 2009 to June 2012. She has taught and designed courses on a variety of topics ranging from the commercial sexual exploitation of children, child protection, and human trafficking in New Jersey and around the world. Her international work on these topics has taken her in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda and China.
Gigi Scoles was educated at: McGill University, where she completed her undergraduate studies earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with a minor in Italian; Rutgers School of Law, Camden, where she earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence; and, Leiden Universiteit in the Netherlands, where she received an LL.M. Adv. in Public International Law. Ms. Scoles clerked for the Honorable F. Lee Forrester, JSC, in the Family Part of the Mercer County Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey from 2002-2003.
Director, Polaris Project New Jersey
Kaitlyn Keisel currently serves as Director of Polaris Project New Jersey and as a member of the Senior Management Team. In her current role, she is responsible for assisting in the oversight of Client Services programmatic work, direct supervision of the New Jersey staff, and provision of case management services for survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Keisel works to continue expanding comprehensive programs that foster a holistic empowerment centered environment for survivors. Ms. Keisel has also conducted trainings for diverse audiences including the United Nations 56th Annual Commission on the Status of Women, the National Association of Attorneys General, and the Probation Association of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Polaris in fall 2009, Ms. Keisel worked with a women’s rights organization in central Mexico where she helped to provide comprehensive assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition, she has worked and studied throughout Latin America, including Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Human Rights Project for Girls
Maheen is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Toyota Motor Corporation and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She has extensive experience working with system-involved youth and their families, with a particular focus on sexually exploited youth. Maheen served as the first-responder for Alameda County’s pilot program for Sexually Abused and Commercially Exploited Youth/Safe Place Alternative initiative, where she worked with over 350 CSEC victims. As a Public Interest Fellow at Georgetown Law, she received both academic and service awards among other accomplishments. Maheen’s work with youth includes teaching, crisis intervention and response, legal representation, and organizing. She has worked on a number of youth issues including ending the practice of trying youth as adults, stopping school push-out, and addressing the educational needs of formerly incarcerated youth.
Maheen was a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow at the ACLU of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow with the National Juvenile Justice Network. Maheen holds a B.S.F.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.