Russell G. Wilson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Russell completed his first research project in Cambodia, looking at the factors of resiliency for male survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. While at Cal, Russell received the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies Undergraduate Merit Scholarship and the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship to continue his research in Indonesia for the summer of 2016. Russell recently worked with the National Human Trafficking Training and Assistance Center as a Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Fellow (HTLA). As an HTLA Fellow, Russell worked with a team of anti-trafficking experts from across disciplines to formalize the federal definition of what it means to be “Survivor-Informed” for federally funded programs. Russell has spent extensive time living and traveling throughout South and Southeast Asia. The time he has spent in this region of the world has given him a deep understanding of these cultures, as well as knowledge of the systemic mechanisms of human trafficking in these countries. It is through these experiences and as a survivor-thriver of commercial sex trafficking as a child that Russell brings authenticity and passion to his research and his life. Ultimately, Russell would like to bridge the gap of communication and collaboration between large-scale, top-down, multi-national NGO’s and smaller, grass roots, bottom-up organizations by facilitating collaborative relationships.