EmancipAction is an international, non-profit organization with registration in India and USA, working to disrupt the business of child sex trafficking. Together with our partners, we aim to bring freedom, healing and justice to hundreds of thousands of children who have been horribly abused and exploited to fill a growing demand for commercial sex.

We are just like you. Global citizens with a variety of skills and networks who were horrified when we learned, but decided not to look away. We are an eclectic team from the fields of international relief and development, strategy consulting, banking, corporate training and development. We were challenged by a call for help. And we could use yours. Will you?

Laura Entwistle

CEO and Co-founder of EmancipAction

Laura has lived and worked in Asia for over 16 years, advising clients in Hong Kong, China and India. After receiving an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Laura gained professional experience consulting in both the corporate and non-profit sector with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Hong Kong.

During her five years living in Mumbai, India, Laura served as President of the Board of Trustees at the American School of Bombay and founded the Mumbai Chapter of Room to Read. During that time, she was asked by the head of Bombay Teen Challenge to do some strategic consulting, to help identify the drivers of sex trafficking and advise on some potential solutions. It was that work which ultimately led to the founding of EmancipAction.

Laura currently lives in Singapore along with her husband, Brooks, and her three daughters, Bryanna, Kayla and Ashley. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Singapore American School, Young Life Singapore and the Battery Dance Company, a world leader in cultural diplomacy.

Laura's favourite place outside of Asia is her cottage in Canada where family and friends come together for some fresh air, killer BBQ and a mean game of Scrabble.

Darcy Pierce

COO and Co-founder of EmancipAction

Darcy Pierce is the Co-Founder and COO of EmancipAction. His extensive corporate and international aid experience spans five continents and includes previous positions in aviation, the investment services industry, along with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Darcy gained experience in corporate management, strategic planning, and labor relations during his 20 + year aviation career, which concluded with his retirement as a captain on the Airbus A-320 with American Airlines. He also served in various leadership positions with the Air Line Pilots Association, Regal Wealth Group and Food for the Hungry International.

Darcy has been involved in long-range planning and strategic development of international NGOs. He has served on boards of organizations all over the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, and has managed both start-up and reorganization projects.

A father of three grown children and two grandchildren, Darcy and his wife live in the United States.

DR. PRIYANKA HALLI

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AND PSYCHIATRIST

Despite growing up in Canada, Priyanka always felt a pull to India and lived there on and off during her youth. She completed medical school and her psychiatry residency at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Priyanka's interest in equalizing mental health care around the world led her to complete a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

After finishing her residency, Priyanka worked at the Inner City Youth Mental Health Program in Vancouver, Canada which creates holistic programs for homeless youth. In particular, she incorporated Mindfulness based cognitive therapy and Dialectical Behavioral therapy into her clinical practice.

Priyanka now lives in sunny Mumbai, where she enjoys being close to Sufi Music, yoga and Bollywood films.

VICTORIA NEVEL

INDIA RESEARCH MANAGER

At EmancipAction, Victoria pursues her longtime goal to prevent sexual violence on a global scale through her research and technology development role. She published "Rape as a Crime Against Humanity: International Criminal Tribunals and Creating New Norms" in World Outlook, the undergraduate journal of international affairs and was awarded the Colby Grant to pursue research on best practices of NGOs combatting sexual violence.

Victoria strongly believes in a survivor-centered approach to prevent violence. While completing a BA at Dartmouth College, she chaired the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault, directed programming for the Movement Against Violence, and served as a crisis-center advocate at a domestic violence shelter, WISE. She considers international and intercultural understanding an essential piece of her mission, and studied abroad twice, in Paris and Hyderabad. In 2016, She was awarded a Lombard fellowship to research sexual violence in urban Indian communities through SNEHA, the Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action in Mumbai.

Victoria lives in Mumbai, India where she is passionate about football and fresh lime soda.

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