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OUR STORY AND 
OUR LEGACY

Founded in 2010, IMUAlliance has become one of Hawai'i's leading anti-trafficking organizations. We've  rescued over 140 victims from sexual slavery and provided  services to hundreds more. We are committed to eliminating sexual servitude from our islands' shores.

PREVENTION AND
INTERVENTION

Each day, IMUAlliance's advocacy provides outreach and direct intervention services to victims at high-risk locations. We also equip  students and community members with the skills to prevent exploitation before it begins and effectively respond to those in need. 

A VICTIM-CENTERED 
APPROACH

Our approach to combating human trafficking focuses in the needs and concerns of survivors. Our services are founded on compassion and sensitivity, and are always delivered in a nonjudgemental manner. Every action we take is informed by the principles of trauma-informed care.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

IMUAlliance's leadership team brings a wide variety of experience and expertise to our advocacy efforts. They are responsible for the management of our organization and their work reflects the highest standards of professional excellence.

Kris Coffield

Founder/Executive Director

Kris is a public policy specialist and political consultant. He founded IMUAlliance in 2011, after learning that a friend had been trafficked in a local  hostess bar. Since then, he has provided victims services to hundreds of survivors of Hawai'i's sex trade, while providing prevention training to over 30,000 keiki and community members. He is also the office manager for Rep. Amy Perruso. 

Ashleigh Loa

Finance and Development Director

After earning a degree in business from the University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu, Ashleigh entered the nonprofit sector to help Hawai'i's homeless population. She was previously a housing specialist at Family Promise of Hawai'i shelter and now serves as a community organizer at Faith Action for Community Equity, where she works on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. 

Justin Salisbury

Board of Directors Member

Justin works in blindness rehabilitation and government affairs. During college, he organized students to facilitate community education programs  about sexual assault and relationship violence. His work in disability rights connects him to the high rate of sexual exploitation of women with disabilities. He is Canada First Nations and wants to end violence against indigenous women.

Shana Merrifield

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Shana graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Asian Studies. While spending a year abroad in Copenhagen she worked with the anti-trafficking NGO HopeNow. She was a 2019 Humanity In Action fellow, has researched how the sex trade reproduces racial and social inequalities, and is currently developing a modern model of prevention education. 

Melody Stone

Board of Directors Member

Melody is a clinical therapist who lives on the Big Island. She has 25 years of experience specializing in trauma informed counseling and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Melody is the founder and director of Hawaii Island Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an Ambassador for Shared Hope International, and the founder of Hawaii Island Safe Net. 

Jeanné Kapela

Prevention Coordinator

Jeanné serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Kona Historical Society and, from 2015-2019, was the Executive Director of UNITE Hawai'i, where she taught students about the importance of healthy relationships in ending sexual exploitation. She was also Miss Hawai'i 2015 and won the Miss Congeniality title at Miss America later that year. 

David Negaard

Board of Directors Member

David earned a bachelor's degree in Communications: English (Writing) and Religion and a minor in Music from Graceland University. He earned a master's degree in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, while teaching English in a high poverty community and establishing a drama program for at-risk youth. He currently teaches English in Wailuku on Maui.

Mireille Ellsworth

Board of Directors Member

Mireille is a veteran educator from Waiakea High School and director of Hawai'i Teachers for Change. She has organized efforts to replace standardized testing with authentic assessments that promote real-world learning. She is also a longtime advocate for increasing school funding and expanding wraparound  services and trauma-informed care for students.

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