Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is an accomplished survey methodologist, research scientist, and quantitative & qualitative consultant on issues related to human trafficking. She is one of the few researchers with a background to qualify as an expert witness and subject matter expert on human trafficking in criminal and civil court. Her work is published in books, peer reviewed journals, magazines, and news outlets. She has served as a peer reviewer for human trafficking publications and taught human trafficking material at the No. 1 ranked criminology school in the country—University of Maryland College Park.
In addition to her position at Freedom Light, Dr. Mehlman-Orozco volunteers with and donates to Soroptimist International of Woodbridge and Manassas City Police Department Team Quest—a diversion program for at-risk youth.
Shannon Morales has a degree in Criminal Justice Investigative Services from the University of New Haven and is currently working in Product Management for online platforms. She has experience volunteering with numerous charitable organizations and has worked in the nonprofit sector for five years prior to becoming a board member for Freedom Light. Her work in behavioral health for substance abuse and mental health has sparked her passion for social awareness because she knows the importance of just one call, one conversation, one voice can change the lives of many.
Human trafficking prevention can be intimidating for businesses, but she believes that with the right training and social awareness, Freedom Light will bridge the gap for a call to action.
Leigh has always been very passionate about saving animals, fighting hunger, and promoting literacy. This has led her to volunteer at various animal welfare agencies and the Utah Food Bank. She also has established a Little Free Library in her community and donated books to schools and students in low-income areas.
As a mother, Leigh has become more and more aware of the prevalence of human trafficking in the world and it scares her that it’s a very real possibility her daughter or one of her daughter’s friends could become a victim of human trafficking. It is for this reason, Leigh has been motivated to become a Board Member with Freedom Light, Inc. (“Freedom Light”). She believes there is more that can be done to prevent human trafficking and that Freedom Light can help bring this about through its mission to develop and advocate for legislation, regulations, and government programs to combat human trafficking and by educating the public and private sectors about human trafficking and prevention.
Leigh brings two decades of compliance and corporate governance experience to the Board of Freedom Light and is ready to make the world a safer place for everyone.