Sophie Aron joined the SAFE Center staff in June, 2019 as a Research and Program Coordinator. In this role she will help develop and support the SAFE Center’s state and local task force work, public health research and program implementation, and survivor leadership programming. She also works to support the Center’s crisis intervention team. Before joining the SAFE Center in her current role, Ms. Aron interned for a year at the Center in a similar capacity while pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She has also completed an internship with social workers at a D.C. charter school and served a year of AmeriCorps conducting conflict mediation in Montgomery County middle and high schools. Ms. Aron has spent a year in India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina studying healthcare systems and how trauma affects access to public healthcare systems. Ms. Aron earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and her BA in Anthropology from Hamilton College.
Rosa Bangura provides case management and crisis intervention services for the SAFE Center. She is dedicated to trauma-informed collaboration with survivors. Prior to this position, Ms. Bangura worked as a human trafficking case management coordinator at a local anti-trafficking organization and also gained experience liaising with numerous agencies on issues surrounding child victimization through her position at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Ms. Bangura has previous experience providing crisis support to the military community on the Safe Helpline at the Rape, Abuse & Incest Network (RAINN). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at The Catholic University of America. Ms. Bangura is a Credentialed Advocate licensed by the National Organization for Victims Assistance.
Jacqueline Bradley-Chacon, Esq. is an experienced public interest immigrant and refugee rights’ advocate. As the SAFE Center’s immigration attorney, Ms. Bradley-Chacon provides bilingual legal representation for the foreign national human trafficking survivors at the SAFE Center. Before joining the SAFE Center’s team, Ms. Bradley-Chacon served as a staff attorney for Kids in Need of Defense, was instrumental in the launch of the United Methodist Justice for Our Neighbors’ immigration legal service program, and worked in private immigration law practice and as an asylum officer. Ms. Bradley-Chacon has also served as a city council member for her community in University Park, Maryland. Born in El Salvador and raised in the U.S., Ms. Bradley-Chacon is fluent in Spanish and English. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Jatnna Gomez provides case management and crisis intervention services for the SAFE Center. Ms. Gomez has previously worked as a hospital discharge planner conducting psychosocial intakes, case management, and discharge support for high-risk patients in a local hospital. Prior to this, Ms. Gomez worked as a program coordinator for various local nonprofits where she provided case management and crisis intervention services, and supervised and facilitated psycho-educational programs for at risk youth. Ms. Gomez has also worked as a public benefits navigator in a local health center. In this role, she was responsible for connecting patients to resources, supporting the clients in securing health benefits and working with insurance companies to support client’s needs. Ms. Gomez is a licensed social worker who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Rebeca García Gil is an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow at the SAFE Center. During her two-year fellowship, she will represent survivors of sex and labor trafficking in all immigration matters and in crime victims’ rights advocacy and enforcement, as well as connect survivors with pro bono organizations and low bono attorneys for other legal matters arising from victimization. Ms. García Gil is bilingual and strives to give clients a culturally competent legal representation. She obtained her law degree in 2018 from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Journal of International Law and a student attorney at the Immigration Clinic.
Amal Hammad is the Business Manager at the University of Maryland SAFE Center. Prior to joining the SAFE Center team, she spent nearly a decade working within the University of Maryland financial systems performing a variety of grant management functions, including processing and monitoring awards and overseeing cash management accounting activities. Ms. Hammad has a thorough knowledge of the research-related rules and regulations established by both the Federal Government and the State of Maryland. In addition to her previous position within the University, Ms. Hammad is a licensed Acupuncturist. She founded her own private practice of acupuncture to serve the Washington metropolitan area. Ms. Hammad graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2013, earning a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine.
Ellie Lewis Park coordinates all communications and outreach projects and services at the SAFE Center. Her role at the Center includes managing the SAFE Center’s online platforms, organizational reports, outreach efforts, and development of training presentations. Prior to this position, Ms. Park completed one year as a Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA member developing the SAFE Center’s economic empowerment and volunteer programs. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice course on human trafficking and served with an international anti-trafficking organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to equip trafficking survivors and vulnerable populations with the resources necessary to revitalize their local community. Ms. Park received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017, where she graduated with honors and earned the Sandy Mack Honors Award for her senior honors thesis.
Neil Mallon, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker with The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a clinical field instructor and advisor to the University of Maryland SAFE Center. Mr. Mallon has over ten years of clinical and macro social work practice experience within a variety of service settings, including child welfare, mental health, immigration, staff training/development, research and evaluation. In his current role at The Institute, Mr. Mallon works extensively with Maryland’s public and private child welfare providers to support the implementation and integration of a functional assessment tool to support decision making, quality improvement initiatives, and outcomes monitoring for youth and families served by the state’s child welfare systems. He is also the clinical field instructor for social work student interns at the SAFE Center and advisor for case management related policies and practice protocols. Mr. Mallon has assisted in the development of the Center’s trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach to practice and serves as a liaison to the State’s public and private child serving systems to support cross system collaboration in service delivery for domestic minor victims of trafficking. Mr. Mallon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Elisabet Martinez, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker and holds over ten years of experience working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. Ms. Martinez is experienced in solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral theory, child-centered play therapy and other treatment modalities. At the SAFE Center, Ms. Martinez provides bilingual individual counseling to survivors. She is also the field instructor for undergraduate and graduate social work students. Ms. Martinez earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas.
Marciel E. Rojas-Rosario provides case management and crisis intervention services for the SAFE Center. Ms. Rojas-Rosario previously worked at Mount Sinai Health System as an intensive case manager for human trafficking and domestic violence survivors. As part of that position, she also provided case management services in New York’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court. She has experience as a residential aide for the Center Against Domestic Violence, where she was responsible for coordinating shelter activities for clients and their children. Ms. Rojas Rosario received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health with a minor in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University.