Joanna received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with the intent to bring strength to those vulnerable and affected by violence. She had the opportunity to intern with SEEDS of Hope in 2017, and after that she continued to devote an additional 2 years as a volunteer. Through this experience Joanna was able to advocate, empower, and encourage survivors of human trafficking. In 2019, she joined Signs of HOPE in her continued dedication and strong passion in being a voice for those who are marginalized. During her time at Signs of HOPE Joanna has worked diligently in advocating for underserved populations, while always finding ways to give back to her community. In her role as the R.I.S.E Client Services Director she oversees many aspects of direct services, such as case management, the internship/practicum program, and housing and employment services. Additionally, she has spent the last year developing an outreach program that specifically targets the Hispanic community with a focus on those who have or are experiencing labor trafficking. Joanna is excited to apply her skills and knowledge to this agency, and to pursue better ways to connect with this population to better understand their needs and barriers, while also bringing awareness.