Our Advisors

Jose Lewis Alfaro

Jose Lewis Alfaro is a Human Trafficking Survivor, Public Speaker, Author, Advocate and Activist. He has worked with several anti-human trafficking organizations worldwide to spread awareness on trafficking, specifically within the LGBTQ+ Community. Jose is currently working on a memoir depicting his own personal experiences with trafficking. He has been featured in several publications and has worked with law enforcement, DHS, and the DOJ, to name a few. Jose’s work includes public speaking and giving lectures, sharing his story and statistics of human trafficking.

Janie Chuang

Janie Chuang is a Professor of Law who teaches and writes in the areas of international law, human trafficking and labor migration. Professor Chuang’s articles have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the North Carolina Law Review, and have been cited in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Guardian, among others. Drawing on her expertise on human trafficking issues, Professor Chuang has served as an adviser to the United Nations, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Professor Chuang has also served in leadership positions with the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association.

Professor Chuang was a 2011-2012 Open Society Foundations Fellow. Prior to joining AUWCL, Chuang practiced with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign governments in international litigation/arbitration and pro bono clients in asylum and human rights cases. Professor Chuang currently serves as member of the Freedom Network USA, and as a member of the Modern-Day Slavery and Trafficking Working Group for the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Robert Fabrikant

Robert Fabrikant is a Partner at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips LLP. As a trial lawyer, Bob litigates complex civil and criminal cases for clients in the healthcare, financial services, defense and energy sectors. He defends companies that are the target of False Claims Act–related government investigations and litigation, and conducts internal investigations.

Upon graduating from law school, Bob served as the senior law clerk to the Honorable Warren E. Burger of The Supreme Court. He has also worked as chief counsel to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia and was a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division at the U.S. DOJ. Before joining Manatt, he chaired the healthcare practice at another major international law firm.

An active member of the American Bar Association, Bob cofounded the False Claims Act and Qui Tam Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime Committee and co-chaired the subcommittee from 1992 to 2001. In addition, he founded the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime Committee and served as its chair from 1991 to 2000.

Bob is a professor in the practice at Howard University School of Law, where he taught constitutional law, legal history and introduction to legal methods; provided academic support; and coached the moot court team for 12 years.

In addition, Bob has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center; the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Fudan University School of Law in Shanghai, China; the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law; and the Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul, South Korea.

Robin Heller

Robin Heller is the president of Robin Heller International LLC. Since 2000, Robin Heller has collaborated with high-performing teams and boards to raise more than $80 million for such organizations as the advocacy organization Children’s Defense Fund, the Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalism organization Center for Public Integrity, the youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the global conservation organization Rare.

She has worked in social justice, civil society, and environmental organizations throughout her 30-year career. Dividing her time between Washington, D.C. and London, she is particularly interested in cross-border fundraising, enabling global organizations to engage donors in other countries in ways that are culturally competent and lead to long-term relationships.

Her areas of expertise include major giving, foundations/institutional fundraising, board development, senior management team collaboration, fundraising ethics, and crisis management. She has deep fundraising expertise in health, journalism and media, children and youth, education, and environmental justice.

She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University and a master’s in social service administration from Columbia University.

Daisy Nabasitu

Ms. Daisy Nabasitu is an Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Kampala, Uganda. She has served as a prosecutor for over 16 years. Her experience as a human rights advocate for women and children’s rights has informed her commitment to conducting grassroots community outreach sensitization trainings. Ms. Nabasitu specializes in prosecuting Gender-Based Violence (GBV), trafficking in persons, and environmental cases. She headed the Domestic Violence Desk at ODPP and was part of the task force that developed guidelines for prosecuting gender-based violence cases in Uganda. She published a report on the prosecution of sexual abuse cases in Uganda’s criminal justice system in the Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights’ Working Paper Series. As a prosecutor, she has served in several capacities and trained other lawyers on the art of trial advocacy. While serving as the Head of the Environment Division at the ODPP, Ms. Nabasitu served on the Uganda National Wildlife Crime Coordination Taskforce (NWCCTF). Her interests are currently focused on advocating for the rights of human trafficking victims.

Ms. Nabasitu is an enrolled advocate of the High Court of Uganda and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy from the National University of Ireland, Cork. She is an ICSA Graduate, received her LLB (Hons) at Makerere University Kampala-Uganda, and holds a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala-Uganda.

Ms. Nabasitu is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway as an Established Professorship of Law Fellow focusing on Uganda’s legal response in addressing women migrant domestic workers’ protection. She previously participated as a 2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at American University Washington College of Law, a distinguished Irish Aid Fellow, and Danish Aid Fellow. Ms. Nabasitu formerly served as a Legal Fellow for the Human Trafficking Legal Center.

Hollie Nadel

Hollie Nadel’s passion for art, production, and design began in her youth and led to a successful career in Costume Design and Wardrobe, after graduating Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a BFA in Theatre Production Design. Directors, producers, and actors have lauded Hollie’s positivity, creativity, remarkable management skills and outstanding problem-solving capabilities. Some more notable credits include: Spider-man: Homecoming, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, Person of Interest, One Life to Live, The Electric Company Revival, and Guiding Light.

Hollie is a survivor of human trafficking. As a survivor, seeking protections and justice for fellow victims of human trafficking is a deeply personal mission for Hollie. Over the past several years, Hollie has made it a priority to both enlighten others and raise awareness about the evolving realities of human trafficking. She has participated in workshops for mental health professionals on trauma related to sexual abuse and human trafficking and she has been a consult for anti-trafficking organizations. Hollie recently received her certification from the ACAMS/ Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking.

Leelie Selassie, M.D.

Leelie Selassie is an intensive care physician in Maryland and Northern VA for the last 13 years. She cares for critically ill patients in both an in-person and tele-medicine capacity. She has served as the interim director for her practice group, served as the stroke director for her hospital and served on a professional peer review committee for the hospital she works at.

Dr. Selassie took a 2-year hiatus from this work to live overseas in her country of origin, Ethiopia. While there she taught in the main teaching hospital in the capital, Addis Abeba, as a volunteer clinical instructor of critical care medicine to the newly established fellowship program in critical care medicine. Additionally, she served as the president of the diplomatic spouses’ community and chair of their annual fundraiser for 2 years helping raise over $150,000 each year.

Dr. Selassie serves on several boards related to the advancement and empowerment of women and children in Ethiopia and remains active in volunteer activities in the DC area also related to homeless women.

Dr. Selassie has also been actively working to set up specialty medical services in Ethiopia.

Dr. Selassie obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees (Biochemistry and Cell & Structural Biology) at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. She obtained her Medical Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston SC. She completed her medical residency and fellowship in critical care medicine at George Washington University. She is currently in the midst of a Master’s of Business Administration program through the George Washington University.

She is married with 2 boys and a dog and lives in McLean VA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, tennis, golf, Zumba, volunteering, travel, podcasts, reading and following random learning curiosities.

Jonathan Terrell

Jonathan Terrell is the Founder and President of KCIC. He has more than 30 years of international financial services experience with a multi-disciplinary background in accounting, finance and insurance. Prior to founding KCIC in 2002, he worked at Zurich Financial Services, JP Morgan, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

In addition to leading KCIC’s business operations, Mr. Terrell is in demand as an expert witness in disputes involving insurance company reorganizations, economic damage calculations, and insurance coverage valuation. He also speaks at industry events and blogs extensively about industry-related topics, as well as on entrepreneurship and organizational health.

A dedicated family man, avid endurance athlete, lover of the arts, and enthusiastic culinarian, Mr. Terrell is a supporter of philanthropic organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Legatus, and Live Action. He also is on the Corporate Advisory Council of Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Mr. Terrell is currently training for the 2018 World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons, in seven days, on all seven continents. He is dedicating the race to Children’s National, aiming to raise $1 million toward upgrading the hospital’s inpatient pediatric mental health unit. Learn more at taketherisk.run.

Born and raised in the UK, Mr. Terrell is a grateful, naturalized American.