New Chapter Begins in the Fight Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth

Holly Joshi the New Director for MISSSEY, leading anti-human trafficking organization

“When people who have [been exploited] call it repeated rape, they are not exaggerating…they are being legally precise. Rape is sexual intercourse against the will of the victim, carried out by threat or force. In [exploitation], the john performs the sex act with an unwilling victim but subcontracts the intimidation and violence to another man, the pimp.”

– Joe Parker, RN (How Prostitution Works)

We recently had the pleasure of working with the Board and staff of MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) in a search for their next Executive Director. It was a challenging search for a particularly challenging position. Human trafficking creates a species of misery that mere words cannot capture. It is being increasingly called modern slavery, and it is a stain on our civilization. We were keenly aware of how much was at stake in this search, not just for the organization, but for the young people being exploited in our community every day.

In the course of this search, S&C reached deep into the professional ranks of anti-human trafficking networks across North America and spoke with hundreds of individuals in order to identify several outstanding candidates for the position.

After painstaking consideration among all concerned, Holly Joshi emerged as the next leader for MISSSEY. Her experience, strength, passion, poise, and deep commitment to this field stood out. Ms. Joshi previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Oakland Police Department. Prior to this post, Holly served as the Supervisor of OPD’s Child Exploitation Unit, and formed the city’s first joint trafficking task force with the FBI.

Schaffer&Combs could not be more pleased, or more proud, of the opportunity to serve MISSSEY’s many stakeholders, and the organization itself. Congratulations to Holly Joshi, the new Executive Director for MISSSEY, one of the nation’s leading anti-human trafficking organizations.

Learn more about S&C Executive Search here.

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