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.
Hannah Dela Cruz is a public relations and marketing professional who has represented numerous charitable organizations. Her work with clients like Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, a homeless youth service provider in Las Vegas and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, the only free clinic in the region, sparked her passion for the nonprofit sector. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how these organizations can improve the quality of life for countless individuals, while addressing some of society’s most pervasive issues. Hannah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
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.