Human Trafficking

September 17, 2017

The trafficking of humanity continues to be an insidious problem for society with special challenges taking place in Hawai'i. This September we welcomed Jody Allione from Ho‘ōla Nā Pua as she spoke about the renewal of trafficked girls through health, education, advocacy, and reintegration. The vision of Ho‘ōla Nā Pua is to provide girls who are rescued or have escaped from the abuse of sex trafficking with a path to restoration and healing from their trauma, an increased sense of self-worth, and the confidence and ability to successfully reintegrate into their family and the community.

More about our speaker from the website of Ho‘ōla Nā Pua:

Jody Allione has an Industrial Distribution degree from the School of Engineering at Clarkson University and an MBA from Pepperdine. She has been an independent consultant since 1980 with multi­national engineering, construction, and development companies, and she currently manages the development of large scale renewable energy projects in Hawaii. In addition to project development and management, her background includes writing and implementing business and marketing plans for many diverse companies, as well as site reconnaissance, major project proposal writing, and due diligence for project viability. Jody is known as a solution finder for logistics and siting issues related to new projects that are responsive to community needs.

With her background in strategic project development and organizational planning and implementation, Jody’s specialty is the conceptualization and development of complex projects—including site acquisition, community interaction, and permit strategy and contract negotiations. While attending a Social Justice conference in Australia in early 2012, Jody became aware of the problem of sex trafficking and was determined to become involved in addressing this problem in Hawaii. She met the early team members who were looking for a site and realized that she had the ideal blend of connections and experience to help locate, permit, and license the home and work with stakeholders. In addition to site development, she is also actively recruiting volunteers and helping to coordinate corporate development.