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Leadership
Committee Chairpersons

Teresa Hartnett is a professional consultant in traditional and digital publishing and communications. She has applied her expertise to develop a restorative justice program for survivors and others wounded by abuse and trauma in faith settings, e.g., publishing an international e-zine and hosting virtual events and training. As a writer and speaker, she promotes trauma-informed pastoral care. Ms. Hartnett served as the Communications Co-Chair and then Operations Support before becoming Coordinator. 

Teresa Hartnett

Hartnett Inc., Spirit Fire

Task Force Coordinator

Maureen Cain is an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) who is assigned to work human trafficking cases. Ms. Cain also serves as Chair of the Task Force’s Law Enforcement Committee.  

 

Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Ms. Cain worked for the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section (CEOS) for almost six years, where she prosecuted sex trafficking, sex tourism, kidnapping, and a wide variety of child pornography offenses.  She previously worked as a litigation associate at Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia, and she served as a law clerk for both the Honorable Robert E. Cowan on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Maureen Cain

US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA)

Law Enforcement Chair

Shannon Traore is a Family Advocacy Specialist within the Family Advocacy Division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Alexandria and serves as the Co-Chair of the Victims' Services Committee.  In her work, Ms. Traore supports, guides and helps families and survivors heal and recover. She facilitates re-unifications between parents and their children. She manages crisis intervention support services, risk assessments, resource location, evaluation, and referrals to victims and their families.

 

Ms. Traore trains mental health professionals, social service agencies, law enforcement, and community members working with families whose children go missing and with survivors. Prior to her current position, Ms. Traore was a forensic interviewer and child protective service’s investigator in Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services. She has also worked within other family services fields, e.g., foster care, teen parenting, and juvenile delinquency.

Shannon Traore

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Victims' Services Co-Chair

Kay Duffield is the Executive Director of Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Inititiative (NOVA-HTI) and serves as Co-Chair of the Victims' Services Committee.  NOVA-HTI works to eradicate human trafficking locally through awareness, advocacy, prayer, and providing a range of victims' services. Ms. Duffield is a local and national speaker and trainer in both promoting human trafficking awareness and recovering from human trafficking.

 

Ms. Duffield began her anti-trafficking work on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, working one-on-one and in groups with victims of trafficking. On returning to the US, she accepted the invitation to launch a victims' services program for NOVA-HTI and, later, became its Executive Director in 2014.  Ms. Duffield joined the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force in 2012, as a member of the Victims' Services Committee. She later served as Co-Chair of the Outreach & Awareness Committee and the Victim Services' Committee. She then became the Coordinator of the Task Force until 2018.

Kay Duffield

Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVAHTI)

Victims' Services Co-Chair, MDT

Our Public Outreach & Awareness Committee is currently being reorganized with consultation from our members. Please reach out to Coordinator, Teresa Hartnett, above, with any inquiries.

Public Outreach & Awareness