Maley Gibbons is a Licensed Bachelors Social Worker in the state of Alabama, completing her last semester of the University of Alabama’s Master of Social Work, D.C. Program. She is currently a Generalist Intern for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
Maley first learned about sex trafficking while working in an Ukrainian orphanage and has been passionately pursuing a career in social justice and anti-exploitation ever since. Her time spent with Haitian refugees, shortly after, in the Bahamian islands, developed her career focus to macro-level social work in the form of policy and advocacy. Prior to her internship with NCOSE, Maley, most recently, served the indigent population of Jefferson County, Alabama, as a Social Worker in the Public Defender’s Office for almost two years, where she linked the biopsychosocial elements of individuals to their criminal behavior for the purpose of court mitigation and sentencing advocacy. Within the Public Defender’s Office she also served as a case manager, involving substance abuse assessments and treatment referrals. Maley chose to work at the Public Defender’s Office in order to understand further the full spectrum and the root of sexual exploitation. Her areas of interests include the development and appropriate treatment of sex offenders.
Maley received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (cum laude), where she was also a member of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and invited into the Phi Alpha Honors Society of Social Work.