Policy Advisory Board
Our Policy Advisory Board consists of experts in the legal, government and policy fields. The Board is responsible for identifying emerging issues and trends and advising on public policy as it relates to child sexual abuse prevention. All Board members also serve on the board for the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT).
Allison Abner, TV Writer and Producer, Netflix's Narcos and ABC’s The West Wing
Ms. Abner is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT) and serves on the national advisory council for the ONE Campaign’s ONE Vote. Previously, she served as board chair to The Rebecca Project where she was an architect of the ‘Dear Craig’ campaign to abolish child sex trafficking on Craigslist and helped convene top-level legislative and executive branch meetings with trafficking survivors and actress Demi Moore. In addition to her advocacy work, she is a television writer and producer, having written on two Emmy-winning seasons of The West Wing, for Netflix's Narcos, as well as pilots for Fox and ABC.
Faiza Mathon-Mathieu, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, ECPAT-USA
Faiza began her policy career by serving as Legislative Counsel at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights where she briefed federal policymakers, managed coalitions, and served as the lead policy attorney on domestic human rights campaigns. Prior to joining ECPAT-USA, she used her passion for public interest advocacy to develop and implement federal outreach strategies for HCM Strategists health and education clients. As a government relations associate, Faiza developed policy recommendations and executed targeted government relations strategies on Capitol Hill. A graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Society, she focused her studies on children’s health. Faiza earned her law degree from Georgetown University and is licensed to practice law in the states of Florida and New York.
Autumn Hanna VandeHei, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation, US Department of Health and Human Services
Mrs. VandeHei is a founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT), and serves on the board of directors for the national advocacy organization Rights4Girls. She is a human rights and human services policy expert and advocacy consultant focused on solutions-based social justice advocacy and reform. Her expertise in communications and messaging on women’s issues and her access to the faith and conservative communities have enabled her to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, DC. As a former policy aide to the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, she advised Members of Congress and Republican Leadership on federal legislation focused on child abuse and neglect. She began her career as a child protective services investigator and case manager for physical and sexual abuse cases.
Tracy Sefl, Democratic Communications Strategist
Ms. Sefl is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking (ACCT) and currently serving as senior advisor for the Ready for Hillary SuperPAC. She is a leading communications strategist for Democratic candidates and causes, at the presidential and gubernatorial levels, focusing on broad issues involving the economy, education and women's and civil rights. Committed to activism and advocacy, she also serves on the Board of Directors of Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), which runs the national sexual assault hotline. Trained as a sociologist, she has extensively researched issues regarding social movements, violence against women, and community-based strategies for assisting victims. She splits her time between Chicago and Washington, DC.