Meet Our Team

PACT aims to provide customized technical assistance, training and linkages, rooted in harm reduction and guided through the lens of those with lived experience, to support the improvement of services to children and youth who have experienced sex and/or labor trafficking. We work with an amazing team of staff and consultants throughout the State of California.

Our Partners

In fall of 2020, Child and Family Policy Institute of California launched an expanded Preventing and Addressing Child Trafficking – PACT Statewide Model to support all California Opt-In Counties, funded by the CDSS Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program. We work closely with our partners and funders at the CDSS Child Trafficking Response Unit (CTRU) and the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA).

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Trafficking Response Unit (CTRU) began in November 2014. CTRU administers the Senate Bill 855 voluntary (opt-in) Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program and provides support to child welfare and probation agencies in all 58 counties in California to meet federal and state requirements to screen and assess the needs of children at-risk or victims of CSEC.

The County Welfare Directors Association of California – CWDA – is a nonprofit association representing the human service directors from each of California’s 58 counties. The Association’s mission is to promote a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.

Melissa Gomez

PACT Project Director, Child and Family Policy Institute of California

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Marina, CA

Sarah Johnston

PACT Regional Coordinator (Southern California Cohort and Bay Area Cohort), Child and Family Policy Institute of California

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Long Beach, CA

Jessica Pittman

PACT Regional Coordinator (Central Valley Cohort), Child and Family Policy Institute of California

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Fresno, CA

Diana Cisneros

Consultant, Director Hope Rising, CSEC Action Team Consultant, Human Trafficking Trainer and Advocate

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Washington

Julie DeFranco, MSW

Consultant, CSEC Coordinator, Program Manager, San Luis Obispo County, Department of Social Services

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San Luis Obispo, CA

Ummra Hang

Consultant

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Oakland, CA

Jamelia Hinds-Vicks

Consultant

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Fresno, CA

Aja Houle

Consultant

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Sonoma, CA

Jimmy Lopez

Consultant, Survivor Advocate, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA

Suleman Massood

Consultant, Anti-Trafficking Expert

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Washington, D.C.

Deborah Pembrook

Consultant, Human Trafficking Outreach Manager, Monterey Rape Crisis Center

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Monterey, CA

Jess Torres

Consultant, Survivor Leadership Program Manager, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA

Russell Glenn Wilson

Anti-Trafficking Expert, Consultant, Researcher

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Oakland, CA

Angelica Zuniga

Consultant

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Bakersfield, CA

Customized Technical Assistance & Training Requests

Participating PACT Counties can access no-cost customized Training or Technical Assistance from the PACT Team.

*To maximize funding, counties with capacity may match PACT funds supporting compensation for PACT Survivor-Thriver Consultants.

Request Support or to learn more about how PACT can Support Your County’s Needs!

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