Carol is one of the founders of ECPAT-USA and has been working in the field of children’s rights for over twenty years. She is a longtime nationally recognized leader working to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. At ECPAT-USA Carol oversaw the development of the first research project on child trafficking to New York City and two other research projects about commercial sexual exploitation of children. She was the Project Director for the New York City Community Response to Trafficking Project in New York, a multifaceted ground breaking project to inform communities at risk for human trafficking about the federal anti-trafficking law and help obtain better protections for victims. She has developed and managed projects to stop the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in the United States, the Riviera Maya and Cancun sections of Mexico and in Belize and is currently overseeing a similar project in three cities in Brazil. She has spoken at numerous conferences and has presented testimony in venues ranging from the New York City Council to the United States Congress to the United Nations. Carol has a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College and an M.Phil from Columbia University.
Michelle Guelbart, MSW
Director of Private Sector Engagement
Michelle leads program development and strategy for ECPAT-USA’s private sector work. As Director of Private Sector Engagement she advises companies on corporate social responsibility efforts to protect children from trafficking. Michelle provides support and recommendations to ECPAT-USA partners including Carlson Companies, Delta Air Lines, Wyndham Worldwide, Sabre, and Hilton Worldwide. This includes expert consultation for corporate policy development, programs, training, and workshops. In addition, she is frequently asked to provide input during discussions between socially responsible investors and corporations.
Michelle presents her work and recommendations to local, international, and federal government agencies as well as industry professionals. She has contributed to Congressional testimony and multi-stakeholder engagement efforts including through the World Economic Forum, Institute of Medicine, and the White House National Action Plan on Responsible Business. Michelle wrote the content for the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute’s e-learning module to combat child sex trafficking in the United States. She has been interviewed on her work by CNN, New York Times, Travel Weekly, Business Travel News, among other publications and was named a 2014 Changemaker by MeetingsNet.
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a focus in international social work and social policy.
Director of Public Policy and Government Relations
Jason has spent most of his career in legislative work. After graduating law school from Southern Illinois University, Jason worked for the Illinois General Assembly’s Legislative Research Unit. He focused there on family law, and state and federal Constitutional concerns. He was asked to join U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s staff and served for 13 years, leaving as chief of staff. He was intimately involved in the drafting of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. Since leaving the Hill, Jason has served as a federal lobbyist for the U.S Chamber of Commerce and BP America. Jason originally hails from Southern California, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Redlands.
Director of Development and Partnerships
As the Development Officer Sarah builds and expands ECPAT-USA’s community partners, relationships, and resource development. Sarah has been engaged in anti-trafficking work since 2005, when she was in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Macedonia. After returning to the US, she worked within in the NYC foster care system and developed a training for social workers to help identify youth who may be commercially sexually exploited. She focused on the issue of human trafficking in graduate school, and interned in Ukraine at the anti-trafficking organization La Strada. After graduate school she researched women’s rights and child marriage for the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, and then provided resource development for the International Rescue Committee. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s in International Affairs from Brooklyn College.
Youth Outreach Manager
Janai runs ECPATUSA’s Youth Program which empowers youth to take a stand against child sexual exploitation. Previously, she worked with nonprofit’s such as Global Kids, South Asian Youth Action, and the Advocacy Lab. During her time at these organizations, Janai taught youth about various human rights issues and how they can mobilize to fight for social justice. She has led young people to take action against human trafficking, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, hunger, and more. In addition to her youth development experience, Janai is an alumna of the Public Allies AmeriCorps program. Upon completing her service year, she spent 5 months in Cameroon volunteering at an orphanage and HIV/AIDS NGO. Janai received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Vermont and is currently pursuing her Masters in Global Affairs at NYU.
Outreach and Administrative Coordinator
Carla conducts outreach for ECPAT-USA by supporting public messaging and by offering design concepts and managing content on the website. She is the creative director for ECPAT-USA’s award winning PSA’s. She works with our fair-trade textile providers on product design and quality. She also manages all of ECPAT-USA’s administration and financial records. While offering her organizational skills to ECPAT-USA she also owns and operates Little Star Studio as a freelance photographer. She graduated from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI with a BFA in commercial photography.
Board Of Directors
Jackie Shapiro – Chairperson
Ryan Smith – Vice-Chairperson
Julie Tanner – Secretary
Deb Morea – Treasurer
Marion Lear Swaybill
Our Board of Advisors
Dr. Sharon Cooper
Ambassador Mark Lagon
Kimberly A. Ritter
Dr. Camelia Tepelus
Young Professionals Committee
Sydney Rose – President
Nicole Goggin – Secretary
Christian Sabharwal – Youth Ambassador
Marie Helena Mekolo