Our Advisors

Evelyn Chumbow

Evelyn Chumbow is a survivor of child labor trafficking turned anti-trafficking activist and public speaker who has focused her life’s work on ending modern day slavery, a crime impacting some 35M victims globally.

Evelyn was brought to the US from Cameroon at the age of nine and forced to cook, clean, and care for her trafficker’s children. She was never paid for her work, and any hope that she might escape her miserable life was undermined by the constant beatings she received from her trafficker.

For seven years, she lived in constant fear, working day and night. She was prevented from contacting her family, attending school and enjoying things that many children take for granted – she never rode the school bus, went to prom, hung out with friends after school, or joined a dance team. Instead, she was a modern day slave – not in some far-flung country, but right here in the US.

After years of captivity, she finally escaped and her trafficker was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Today, Evelyn works tirelessly to raise awareness and help other survivors. She serves as an advisor to human trafficking NGOs, and has been invited to brief government agencies about human trafficking from a survivor’s perspective, including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Department of Justice. She is invited regularly to speak around the world abut her experience, including at the White House. She also serves as an advocate and mentor for fellow survivors.

In December 2015, fulfilling a life-long dream, Evelyn graduated with a BS in Homeland Security studies from the University of Maryland University College. She was recently appointed by the President of the United States to served as United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to his administration Since January 2015, she has also interned at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP in Washington, DC, where she has the opportunity to support human trafficking and human rights related pro bono initiatives.

Evelyn serves as an ambassador for the ICE Foundation’s Granting Courage Initiative which assists survivors of human trafficking, and was the first recipient of its annual scholarship. She has been featured in New York’s New Abolitionists, a book of portraits of women and men committed to ending human trafficking in New York and globally. Last year Evelyn was one of the coaches for the Partnership for Freedom’s first innovation challenge, Reimagine: Opportunity a competition to improve the infrastructure of support for survivors of modern slavery; co-sponsored by Humanity United, US government agencies and private donors co-sponsored by Humanity United, US government agencies and private donors. Evelyn hopes to leverage her unique position as a former child slave to end human trafficking in West Africa, in her hometown, and the rest of the world.

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.

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.

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.

Kathy Vizas

Kathy Vizas is an attorney and advocate dedicated to global development efforts to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide. She is founding member of Maverick Collective, and advocacy initiative aimed at nurturing the next wave of social investors. In early 2017 Kathy completed a three-year pilot program for cervical cancer screening with Population Services International India, working in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in which more than 120,00 women were screened.

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.