Innovations HTC Staff
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In 2016, Jeri was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for her work in improving the lives of trafficking survivors. She is a human trafficking subject matter expert and consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victim of Crime and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Trafficking in Persons consultant networks as a human trafficking subject matter expert. She has worked for the past 21 years with youth and adult high-risk individuals, developing and overseeing programs, and creating curriculum and training content to combat commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, gangs, and violence against youth and women. Jeri is Shoshone/Cree and she is an expert on Native issues and human trafficking in Indian Country. As someone who has been personally impacted by this kind of violence, she also knows first-hand the individual and the collective toll it can take. She has made it her mission to bring awareness, education, and tools to equip communities and front-line professionals to be able to recognize and respond to trafficking and violence. Her personal and professional mission is to empower survivors to engage in anti-trafficking work in a movement and culture changing manner. “Nothing about Us, Without Us!” Jeri lives in Olympia, WA. She is a proud mother and grandmother.
ALEXANDRA (SANDI) PIERCE PH.D.
Dr. Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce has been conducting community-based participatory action research and program evaluation with American Indian tribes and urban Indian non-profits since 1998. She specializes in program development and program evaluation for tribal/urban programs working to prevent and address sexual violence and commercial sexual exploitation of Native women and youth. She is a survivor of family-based domestic child sex trafficking (her non-Native father) and was also trafficked into prostitution as an adult by her husband (also non-Native) for 14 years. Escaping her trafficker in 1979, Dr. Pierce entered college in 1987 and completed a doctorate in Sociology in 2001, with an emphasis on Social Psychology. In her dissertation research, she surveyed 400 tribal members on four Minnesota reservations to gather community perceptions about the causes of domestic violence and how it could be eliminated. She now has 34 years’ experience in nonprofit program development, curriculum and training development, community-based participatory research, and culturally-grounded program evaluation. In 2005 Dr. Pierce began working with advocates and Native communities to build awareness about sex trafficking victimization. In 2009, she authored Shattered Hearts: The commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls in Minnesota for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, which was the first research ever published in the United States that addressed the sex trafficking of minor American Indian girls. From 2012-2014 she developed modular human trafficking curricula for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and in 2017-2018 provided technical assistance to the Minnesota Department of Health for its Safe Harbor planning process. Her recent clients include Indian Health Service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office for Victims of Crime, and Washington State tribal liaisons. Since 2017 Dr. Pierce has partnered with Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative in Olympia, WA as their Research Affiliate. In that role, she is currently working with the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee WI as Subject Matter Expert for their Project Beacon community-based response planning, funded by the OVC. She also serves on two national councils as a human trafficking expert: Shared Hope International’s JuST Council, and the Survivor Expert Council for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
DESRAI WELLS - JOHN
Desrai Wells -John joined Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative (IHTC) on December 15, 2020 as a Resource Navigator. She initiated hardwork and determination and has been making a difference in tribal communities and beyond. Desrai is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated tribes of Warm Springs Oregon. She is Warm Springs, Wasco and Spokane. She was raised in the Warm Springs reservation and comes from a long line of strong independent women. Her goal is to help everyone in need, especially surviving victims in any way she possibly can. Currently, Desrai is serving IHTC as the Project Coordinator. The skills she brings are strategic project planning and reporting. She is also skilled at tracking project progress and meeting benchmarks. She also has experience working diligently with clients, attending to their emergency needs. She has expertise in helping find victims of trafficking resources in an exceptional and timely manner. She has a gift of people trusting her and believing in her passion for our work. Desrai currently lives in Yelm, Washington with her family. Her husband, Charles and her two kids, Charles Jr. and Nevaeh supports her work and are very proud of her accomplishments.
Anabelle Taneo joined Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative in February 24, 2020. She was assigned as an Administrative Assistant for Jeri Moomaw (IHTC’s Executive Director). In January 2021, she was promoted as an Executive Assistant. For more than a decade, she had been working as a Technical Support Representative and a Quality Assurance Specialist in various Contact Center Industries and that is how she developed her good technical and customer service skills. She believe that in order to perform our task efficiently and to help others properly, we have to be professional, responsible and most importantly, we have to love what we do. Anabelle is living with the father of her 2 wonderful kids. Nothing she ever wanted but to spend quality time with her family and see them smile and full all the time. To enjoy life, take one step at a time and make fun of yourself once in a while. She believe this is an effective way to encourage positive vibes.
Salvy Cabatbat joined Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative in September 28, 2020. She was assigned as IHTC’s Bookkeeper. She has more than 10 years of experience in the finance field. She worked as an Accounts Receivable Analyst in a telecommunications company and as an Internal Operations Support Analyst in a multinational insurance brokerage company. Given her work experience honed her analytical and financial skills as well as her customer service skills, globally. She believes that you can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus and the support. She is married and blessed with two daughters, ages 9 and 10. In her spare time, she loves to read inspirational books by Alice Gray and novels by Sidney Sheldon and loves to bake cake and pasta. She always laugh her heart out whenever she hears funny stories because for Salvy, “Laughter is the best medicine”.
HUEY PAUL FIRMALO
WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Huey Paul Firmalo joined Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative (IHTC) in July 2021 as a Website and Social Media Manager. He manages the updates for both IHTC social media platforms and the website. He is imaginative and diligent graphic designer with over six years of experience with an
exceptional attention to details and passion for delivering assigned projects on time.
He is well-versed with most programs within the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly
Premiere Pro and Photoshop. He has an effective time-management and problem-solving skills,
allowing the completion of projects with minimal supervision and maximum
cooperation with other members within a team. Huey also loves outdoor activities such as going on a camping and on fishing trips with friends and family. He believes that even in hard times there’s possibility to have fun.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR (T-RAP)
Rainiel Malayao joined Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative in March 31st, 2021. He is the Program Coordinator for the Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP). He has more than 10 years of experience working as a Computer Technical Support Representative for various contact center industries. He believes that consistency is better than intensity. Start small yielding consistent results, then work your way up. He is living with his partner and two energetic kids. Outside of work, he is a father and a motorcycle adventure rider. He also believes that no journey is too long with the right company.