Mahn, Mehlman & Associates, LLC is the leading human trafficking consultation firm, providing expert witness testimony and training across the United States.
Founding partner Jessie M. Mahn, Esq. provides legal consultation and analysis in immigration and human trafficking research. Her connections within the legal community assist in the dissemination of best practices. Ms. Mahn’s experience includes over a half decade practicing as an attorney in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the California Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She specializes in immigration law, business law, corporate transactions, civil litigation, including contract disputes and commercial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Additionally Ms. Mahn volunteers with NALEO assisting legal permanent residents with naturalization.
Ms. Mahn received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2009. While at Loyola, she participated on the winning team in Oral Arguments at the Willem C. Vis East Moot Arbitration Competition in Hong Kong and also won Honorary Mention for Best Oralist. Ms. Mahn also attended the 2007 Dublin Institute on International and Comparative Law studying comparative civil rights and international negotiations.
Founding partner Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is an accomplished survey methodologist, research scientist, and quantitative & qualitative consultant on issues related to human trafficking. She is one of the few researchers with a background to qualify as an expert witness and subject matter expert on human trafficking in criminal and civil court. Her work is published in books, peer reviewed journals, magazines, and news outlets. She has served as a peer reviewer for human trafficking publications and taught human trafficking material at the #1 ranked criminology school in the country, University of Maryland College Park.
Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s academic accomplishments include: • Conducting over 2,000 qualitative interviews with human traffickers and victims. • Conducting systematic social observations of human trafficking within the carpet and textile industry in Jaipur, India, which will be featured in her forthcoming book. • Performing interrupted pooled time series analysis on the efficacy of safe harbor anti human trafficking policies, which was published in the “Journal of Social Inclusion.” Vetted by Harvard University human trafficking expert Siddarth Kara. • Identifying geographic patterns of human trafficking prevalence through online advertisements for services. Dr. Mehlman-Orozco has trained both federal and local level law enforcement agents on this methodology, which is currently used as an investigative tool. • Peer reviewing sex trafficking research published in the Journal of Human Trafficking and the American Journal of Evaluation. • Serving as the data collection sub committee chair for the Greater Prince William County Human Trafficking Task Force and a member of the Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force. • Serving as a human trafficking expert witness on multiple criminal cases, for both prosecution and defense.
More information about Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s work can be found HERE.
Claudia Cojocaru is a participatory action researcher, ethnographer and social justice activist. Formerly trafficked into the sex industry herself, she draws on her personal experiences, and those of trafficked and voluntary sex workers she helped escape and offered shelter to for over 8 years. Claudia has a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and a MA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice in Newark. In all aspects of her work, Claudia takes an evidence based interdisciplinary approach; apart from trafficking in the sex industry, she is working on problem solving approaches and trauma informed programming in domestic violence, sexual assault, prostitution, re-entry. Her interests are restorative justice, problem solving courts, policing, alternatives to incarceration, deviance, media, social movements, moral panics and policy.
Claudia’s recent article, My Experience is Mine to Tell: Challenging the abolitionist victimhood framework, introduces the concept of ‘secondary exploitation’, where the representations of sex trafficking survivors are framed and repackaged for consumption by opportunistic actors, while arguably further stigmatising and marginalising already vulnerable women.
Associate Dr. Laura McGuire is a nationally recognized sexuality educator, trauma-informed specialist, and inclusion consultant. She has worked as an instructor, presenter, educator, consultant and trainer. Dr. McGuire earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State University and her graduate degrees in Educational Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Seen but Not Heard: Pathways to Improve Inclusion of LGBT Persons and Sexual Trauma Survivors in Sexual Health Education, which looked at marginalization for sexual minorities in health education internationally.
She is a certified full-spectrum doula, professional teacher, certified sexual health educator, and vinyasa yoga instructor. Her experience includes both public and private sectors, middle schools, high schools, and university settings. She was the first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager at the University of Houston in 2015. She writes, consults, and teaches full-time in Houston, TX.