Director – Professor Claude d’Estrée (M.T.S., J.D.)
Professor d’Estrée is the Director of the Korbel School’s Human Trafficking Center and the Director of the International Human Rights Degree Program. He is also the Director of the Center on Rights Development and the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program of International Law & Human Rights with the Sturm College of Law. He has worked on human trafficking issues since 1999, advising on policy, law, advocacy and scholarly endeavors and has taught and lectured extensively on the topic for over 10 years. He began his work on human trafficking issues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and has served as the Special Rapporteur for UN.GIFT (UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) and as Senior Advisor to the Colorado State Legislature Task Force on Human Trafficking. In 2012 he was a Fellow at Yale University’s Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
Associate Director – Dr. Oliver Kaplan (Ph.D. Stanford University)
Dr. Kaplan oversees the center’s research program. He is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University as an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. His book project, “Civilian Autonomy in Civil War,” examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence and received the Diskin Dissertation award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines where he has worked with community leaders, displaced individuals, sex workers, ex-combatants (including former child soldiers), NGOs, and government officials. His research has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Interest.
Graduate Student Staff
Director of Educational Programs – Camerron Resener is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Project Management. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include international human rights policy and the intersection of migrant work and human trafficking. In 2013, Camerron co-founded an NGO in Charlottesville, Virginia that focused on general awareness of local trafficking and trainings to government agencies within the area. Prior to her studies at DU, she worked with International Justice Mission on their Colorado legislative advocacy team.
Human Trafficking Index (HTI) Manager – Samantha Tu is an M.A. candidate in International Development with a concentration in International Law & Human Rights. With a particular focus on Southeast Asia, her research interests include human trafficking, forced labor, unexploded ordnance (UXO), genocide, and education development. Samantha obtained her B.A. in Sociology, Law and Society with a minor in Business Administration at the University of California Riverside. Currently, she is a hotline advocate for the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) and a Research Assistant for the Korbel Asylum Project to assist attorneys on political asylum cases. At HTC, Samantha works on the Human Trafficking Index and on various research projects. She will be interning with the U.S. Embassy in Laos over the summer.
Interim Social Media Director – Brooke Ward is an M.A. candidate in International Human Rights with concentrations in Human Trafficking and Gender. Her research interests include gender-based violence in conflict areas, and the intersections of labor exploitation, migrants, and human trafficking. At the HTC, Brooke works on both social media and the Human Trafficking Index. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. She began her study of human trafficking and sex work while on study abroad in Denmark.