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Ruth has been combating human trafficking since 2007. She launched Washington Engage’s community coalition initiative in 2013 and is currently focusing on protecting youth from sex trafficking. In addition to degrees in Psychology and Education, she holds a Masters in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Ruth currently shares the Interim Executive Director position and serves as Education Director, overseeing the Youth Education Program.
Jeri Moomaw is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, training instructor and anti-violence expert. She has dedicated her life and work to combating commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, gangs and violence against women. Jeri is intimately aware of the specific challenges and issues facing Native communities as well as those facing urban and rural communities more generally. As someone who has been personally impacted by this kind of violence, she also knows first-hand the individual and collective toll it can take. Thus, she has made it her mission to bring awareness, education and tools to equip communities and front line professionals so they are able to recognize and combat trafficking and violence in their communities.
In 2014, after relocating to Washington State Jeri joined the team at Washington Engage and currently serves as Programs Manager, with duties including policy advocacy, training facilitation, project development and Survivors Voices program management.
Jeri’s recent career has included working as a consultant for the Homeland Security, US Army, Office of Victims of Crime, Administration of Native Americans, Washington State Senate, federal courts, law enforcement, corrections, and Tribal Nations, as well as other federal, state, city and county government agencies. In 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 alone, Jeri successfully trained over 4,000 individuals on how to identify and combat sex trafficking. Those trained included numerous Tribes, first responders, medical personnel, law enforcement, court staff and students.
She holds an A.A. degree in Social work as well as certifications in advocacy, CAASE, motivational interviewing, Healing Arts and Deceptions. She is a recognized subject matter expert on gangs, human trafficking and violence against women in Tribal communities, and is often called upon to be an expert witness in trials. Most recently, Jeri has been appointed to the Washington State and Thurston County human trafficking task forces.
Jeri currently shares the Interim Executive Director position and lives in Olympia Washington with her husband Alan and enjoys kayaking.
Morgan volunteers with Washington Engage as Policy & Advocacy Associate and Volunteer Coordinator. She earned her degree in Political Science at University of Washington and currently works for Washington State School Directors’ Association. Prior to her time in Olympia, Morgan worked for Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a non-profit based in southeast Alaska. Morgan enjoys Husky football, reading and hiking.