Meet Karana Rising’s team!
Andrea Powell is the founding President of Karana Rising, a nonprofit and social enterprise venture headquartered in Washington D.C. that supports youth survivors of human trafficking in reaching their fullest potential as individuals and young professionals. Ms. Powell is Karana Rising’s chief liaison to the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force where she co-chairs the training and outreach committee.
Prior to founding Karana Rising, Andrea was the founding executive director of FAIR Girls, a nonprofit that serves young women survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Andrea led the FAIR Girls’ team to create and open the only safe home for young survivors of human trafficking in the nation’s capital area. Andrea has led crisis response teams where she assisted law enforcement and other front-line responders in finding and recovering survivors of human trafficking who were later offered safety and supportive services. Additionally, she developed and led training for local and federal frontline responders, including the FBI, child welfare agencies, schools, and U.S. Marshalls, on how to best identify and serve survivors of human trafficking. In 2008, Andrea was the co-investigator for a Department of Justice funded study on the pathways of American youth into sex trafficking. She received her Masters of European Union Law at the Center for European Integration Studies from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany and Bachelor of Arts and Science in International Relations and Geography from Texas State University. Andrea’s writing has been published in the New York Times, CNN, PBS, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, MSNBC, NBC THINX, Thompson Reuters, FAIR Observer, and the Washington Post. She also sits on the board of Unitas and is a private consultant for Freedom Fwd and Just Ask Prevention.
Liz Kimbel, our Program Director, is a DMV native, having been born and raised in College Park, MD. Liz went on to live in Western NY, where she met her husband, and married in 2007. Liz and her family relocated to Tucson, AZ, in 2010, due to her husband’s USAF career. In 2012, Liz discovered the anti-human trafficking field, and began volunteering for a Tucson non-profit, Sold No More. In 2014, Liz was hired into Direct Services as Sold No More’s Survivor Mentor and Advocate. It was during this period that Liz became actively involved with Prevention Education, creating, building, vetting, and facilitating the curriculum in all of TUSD middle and high schools, reaching over 5,000 students annually. Liz also facilitated 1:1 curriculums, directly with survivors, and group curriculums with teen youth in the foster care system. Liz and her family left Tucson in 2015, to relocate to Western NY once again, where Liz worked in the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled field, as well as with the Salvation Army, and their Domestic Violence shelter in Western NY. In late 2017, Liz and her family decided to return to the DMV area, and pursue her career “at home,” which was always her ultimate goal. Liz and her family currently reside in PG County. Liz enjoys painting, camping, is obsessed with all things “Harry Potter”, and fall is her favorite season.
Taleso Fecha, an independent consultant with six years of community development, outreach, and economic empowerment programming for high risk and trafficked youth. Prior to joining Karana Rising, Ms. Fecha was the prevention education coordinator and residential counselor for FAIR Girls’ Vida Home. She received her undergraduate from George Washington University. She is a Kenyan national and actively works to educate girls and communities on female genital mutilation (FGM).
Ashley Lowe is a survivor leader whose work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, and the Guardian. Ashley has advocated for the Sex Trafficking of Minors Prevention Act of the District of Columbia, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and has shared her story before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the District of Columbia’s City Council. She is a contributing author to the IAMJASMINESTRONG.COM campaign and to the UNITAS prevention education series. She is the proud mother of two and an excellent poet.
Tutu Scott is a survivor leader and active transgender advocate using her lived experiences to advance the rights of survivors worldwide. Ms. Scott has been actively engaged in advocacy for survivors and is a contributing author to the IAMJASMINESTRONG.COM campaign and to the UNITAS prevention education series. She is registered nurse and visual artist.
Snezana Vuckovic, Karana Rising’s Global Survivor Campaigns consultant, is based in Belgrade, Serbia. She provides expert content and insight to the Karana Rising team. She is also a consulting advisor to Freedom Forward’s, “I AM JASMINE STRONG” campaign. Her global advocacy has been featured in previous efforts with FAIR Girls and in online publications with PBS and A Path Appears. Snezana is also a jewelry designer, artist, and singer. She uses her experiences as a survivor of human trafficking and graduate of state orphanages in Serbia to advance lived-experiences advise to local and global stakeholders. She believes in world where freedom starts with believing no one is free unless we are all free.