Defending Human Dignity

Meet Our Staff

The team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is comprised of passionate, talented individuals who come from a variety of different backgrounds. NCOSE is passionate about building a diverse team committed to a world that is free from sexual abuse and exploitation.
We love people and fight for the human dignity of all. Every team member shares these principles and hopes for a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan public policy solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies. She has also envisioned and created a Law Center to challenge sexual exploitation profiteers in the courts.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address sex buyer demand for commercial sex, has severely weakened the mainstream pornography industry, and is leading efforts to bring more accountability to technology platforms for child safety.

Kindsey Pentecost Chadwick

Interim President

Interim President

With over two decades in the criminal justice and anti-trafficking sectors, Kindsey Pentecost Chadwick has made significant contributions to combatting sexual abuse and exploitation, leading to changes that span the globe. She co-founded TYLA (Turn Your Life Around), a prostitution diversion initiative, and established the Selah Freedom Sex Trade support group. Certified with the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute for Human Trafficking, Kindsey also served on the Circuit 12 Coalition Against Human Trafficking’s leadership. Kindsey has written extensively on these issues, including a chapter in “Human Trafficking, A Systemwide Public Safety and Community Approach” and articles in respected journals. She has helped raise over $20 million to combat global human trafficking. Kindsey holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley University. 

Haley McNamara

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Programs at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads joint campaigns within areas of legislation, litigation, and corporate advocacy regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Marcel Van der Watt

Senior Vice President of Impact & Operations

Senior Vice President of Impact & Operations

Marcel van der Watt (Ph.D.) is the Senior Vice President of Impact & Operations at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, D.C. He is an internationally accoladed investigative and research professional with more than 20 years of experience in combating the interspersing criminal economies of organized crime, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation. His cumulative experience as a former police investigator, hostage and suicide negotiator, and human trafficking case consultant continues to inform his work. Marcel has consulted in and provided expert court testimony in several sex trafficking cases, briefed members of the US Congress on issues related to online criminality, and engaged with both the Presidency and the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus in South Africa’s Parliament on matters related to implicit harms-, myths-, and laws associated with the sex trade. His work has been published and presented on international platforms, and he has trained multidisciplinary professionals from more than 30 countries. Marcel is also a Research Fellow at the Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State (South Africa), and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars (GAHTS).

Law Center

Benjamin W. Bull, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Director of the NCOSE Law Center

Dani Pinter, Esq.

Senior Legal Counsel

Peter Gentala, Esq.

Senior Legal Counsel

Christen Price, Esq.

Senior Legal Counsel

Tori Hirsch

Legal Counsel

Teresa J. Helm

Public Policy Outreach Manager And Survivor Services Coordinator

Jennifer Johnson

Legal Assistant

Corporate Advocacy

Lina Nealon

Vice President & Director of Corporate Advocacy

Tori Rousay

Corporate Advocacy Program Manager and Analyst

Jordan Marshall

Corporate Advocacy Research Associate


Eleanor Kennelly Gaetan, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director of Public Policy

Megan Griffin

Policy Research Associate


Rachel Moran

Director of International Policy and Advocacy

Research Institute

Lisa Thompson

Vice President of Research

Development And operations

Katheryn Snyder

Development & Fundraising Manager

Hanniya Qureshi

Development Operations Manager

Christy Horn

People And Culture Manager


Tim Nester

Senior Director, Communications

Andrew Young

Director of Creative Content

Lily Moric

Communications And Content Strategist

Kiona J. Cooper

Communications and Social Media Specialist

Kelly Oliver

Public Relations

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