Attend a panel discussion featuring professionals who work to combat human trafficking in South Carolina. Speakers will address the nature of human trafficking crimes and the efforts that are underway to prevent them. Advocates for survivors will describe the services they provide and how we can help support their mission. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the panel, and helpful resource materials will be available to take home.
Kathryn Moorehead is the Director of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Human Trafficking Programs at the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General. Kathryn is also the Coordinator of the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the fields of education, social work, community advocacy and public health.
Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Kathryn was the Country Director for an international counter-trafficking NGO and supervised their operations in Cambodia. She also consulted for a year in Guyana, South America, with the country’s only organization that provides legal and support services to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her work experience includes therapeutic programming and community-based initiatives, as well as partnerships with NGOs and governments in the United States, South America, Central America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Kathryn was also a Research Assistant at Harvard University and an Integrated English Educator in the U.S. Peace Corps (Sri Lanka and Poland).
She graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and she earned a Master of Education in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. While in graduate school, Kathryn independently researched, filmed and produced a documentary short film that explored the impact of community violence on adolescent girls in Boston. The film has been used at the graduate school in a course focused on trauma, intervention and cross-cultural issues. She also earned a post-graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University’s School of Management. Kathryn is a member of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN) and is active in numerous professional associations. She was awarded the Wheaton College Alumni Community Service Achievement Award in May 2012 and the Women of Influence Award from the Columbia Regional Business Report in June 2018.
Brooke Burris is the East Coast Director for the Lynch Foundation for Children and is the Chair of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force. She worked for the Foundation in San Diego and moved here to start the east coast branch in South Carolina.
Brooke clerked at the South Carolina Supreme Court for the Chief Counsel to the Honorable Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, drafting opinions and engaging judicial policy and access to justice. She was first introduced to the human trafficking epidemic as a law clerk at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office Criminal Prosecution Division.
In 2013, Brooke was Miss South Carolina and Miss America's Miss Congeniality. A licensed attorney, she earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law, receiving honors for her dissertation on health policy. She graduated cum laude from Furman University with a BA in Political Science.
Jamie Lea Schoen is an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force and is the designated point of contact for human trafficking matters in the Lowcountry. Schoen has worked on human trafficking crimes in the United States and internationally. In addition to her efforts prosecuting human trafficking cases in South Carolina, Schoen assisted attorneys in Southeast Asia with labor trafficking prosecutions through International Justice Mission and aided the Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women for the United Nations during her visit to the United States in 2009. Schoen has provided training on human trafficking to law enforcement, schools and attorneys both in and out of South Carolina.
Schoen has received national honors for her work, including the 2017 ATF Honor Award for prosecutions of violent firearm offenders and the 2016 Ilene and Michael Shaw Federal Bar Association Young Lawyer Public Service Award for her involvement in the federal drug court mentor program. Prior to her work as a prosecutor, Schoen served as a law clerk to the Honorable David C. Norton in Charleston, SC. Schoen is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and served as the Coordinator for UVA’s Human Rights Program. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Sharon Rikard is the founder and executive director of Doors to Freedom. Doors to Freedom was founded in 2011 when Sharon learned that sex trafficking was happening in the United States. By 2012 she and a team of skilled women began working with survivors through Doors to Freedom’s day-time program, providing the girls the opportunity to obtain their GED. In 2016, Doors to Freedom was able to purchase a home and expand their program by establishing a private school. In April of this year, Doors to Freedom expanded their program again, by opening the first long-term care residential facility in South Carolina for survivors of sex trafficking. By the end of this year, a separate building will be renovated and designated as Doors to Freedom’s education building.