Anti Human Trafficking Specialist
The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters
Jamie Manirakiza has worked in the field of anti-trafficking for over nine years. Jamie’s most notable work has been with The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia where she served as Director of Anti Trafficking until November of 2017. Through her work as Director of Anti Trafficking, Jamie engaged in community outreach and used her extensive background in social work and knowledge of clinical and macro social work to provide a wide range of comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking.
While Ms. Manirakiza served as Director, she supervised the New Day to Stop Trafficking (NDST) Anti-Trafficking efforts for the Salvation Army in Greater Philadelphia. Her responsibilities included managing funding, seeking federal and local grants, supervising staff and developing programs. The NDST program includes working with women suffering from various forms of the commercial sex industry from on the ground services at the New Day Drop-in Center for women in Kensington, to Family Court accompaniment with Juvenile survivors of human trafficking to operating an 8-bed residential program for survivors of sex and labor trafficking.
In addition, Ms. Manirakiza is an adjunct professor for the Human Trafficking Certificate program of Vanguard University of Southern California and has taught a course on human trafficking in the Social Work Department at Eastern University. Ms. Manirakiza has done consulting work for the Department of Justice on issues related to human trafficking and has been quoted extensively in the media on topics pertaining to commercial sexual exploitation in Philadelphia. She has been a featured speaker at press conferences and formal trainings, sharing her insights on what makes victim services successful.
Ms. Manirakiza earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern University and her Master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of our Board since 2014.