Justice for Victims Fellow
CSE Institute Suite (Lower Level)
Joanne graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a J.D. and a certificate in Child and Family Law in May, 2022. During law school, Joanne participated in Loyola’s Immigration Detention project for two semesters where she advocated for immigrant survivors of sex trafficking and gender-based violence seeking humanitarian relief in the United States. Joanne also worked with Loyola University’s Center for the Human Rights of Children as a research assistant, where she provided research and writing support related to forced criminality as a form of labor trafficking and trauma-informed advocacy for child trafficking survivors as part of a training initiative for immigration law judges.
Prior to attending law school Joanne was a senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry, providing broad leadership, strategic thinking, and business capabilities with experience in global regulatory affairs, research and development, marketing, and supply chain management. Throughout her career she strove to be a mentor for others, which included developing a formal mentorship program for female professionals within the organization she worked. Since 2018, Joanne has also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) where she advocates for youth involved in the child welfare system in Delaware and Chester Counties. In 2019, she joined CASA’s Board of Directors, where she advocates for systemic changes through legislative advocacy. Through her work with CASA, Joanne was inspired to leverage her professional skills in a way that would help eradicate gender-based violence and other means of exploitation of vulnerable populations by pursuing a law degree.
Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an M.B.A. in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University. Joanne resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her daughter and 2 dogs. Joanne is thrilled to be the newest Justice for Victims Fellow with the CSE Institute and is excited for the y to help support survivors by providing much needed free legal services and advocating for survivor centric legislative reform.