Humanitarian Action

Humanitarian Action Mission

The McCain Institute’s commitment to strengthening character-driven global leadership is reflected in its own efforts to support humanitarian action. Inspired by Mrs. Cindy McCain’s life-long support of humanitarian causes, the Institute is focusing initially on two critical... Read More

Arizona DMST Counts Report

The purpose of this innovative pilot study was to establish an incidence rate of sexually exploited youth receiving delinquency residential or outpatient services in Arizona. The goals of this study are to better understand the scope and magnitude of the sexually exploited and sex... Read More

To beat trafficking, change mindsets

Tue, October 07, 2014

To beat trafficking, change mindsetsBy Cindy McCainupdated 4:40 PM EDT, Fri September 26, 2014(CNN) -- The issue of human trafficking has exploded into the headlines in recent years. State and federal legislation has been passed helping to define trafficking more specifically and... Read More

Alexandra Gastelum

McCain Institute Humanitarian Action Fellow

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Justice Studies. While abroad in Barcelona, Spain, Alexandra immersed herself in global issues studying politics in the developing world and... Read More

Claire Sechler Merkel

Director of Arizona Initiatives

Claire Sechler Merkel is the Director of Arizona Initiatives for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University. She served as Director of Friends and Family and Chief of Staff to Mrs. Cindy McCain during the 2008 Presidential Election campaign,... Read More

Lindsay Scornavacco

Senior Human Trafficking Coordinator

Lindsay Scornavacco serves as the Senior Human Trafficking Coordinator for the McCain Institute. In this role she supports the Director of Arizona Initiatives to further the Institute’s anti-human trafficking efforts. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Lindsay acted as... Read More

Ernie Allen

Ernie Allen is a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He is the Co-Founder of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a private, nonprofit organization which is leading the global... Read More

Letty Ashworth

​Letty Ashworth is Director, Global Diversity for Delta Air Lines. In this role, she is a key leader in Delta’s global strategy to develop an efficient, effective, and diverse workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of an increasingly interconnected world. She... Read More

Charlie Black

​Charles R. Black is Chairman of Prime Policy Group, and was the founder of the firm’s predecessor, BKSH & Associates Worldwide. Charlie is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading public affairs professionals. Serving as a principal legislative and public affairs advisor... Read More

Swanee Hunt

​Swanee Hunt’s mission is to achieve gender parity, especially as a means to end war and rebuild societies, as well as to alleviate poverty and other human suffering. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. In 1997, she... Read More

Ashton Kutcher

Co-Founder of Thorn, Ashton Kutcher is an actor, entrepreneur, tech investor and philanthropist – focused on using technology to effect positive changes in the world. The goal of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, is to drive technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation... Read More

Cindy McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. Cindy is known for lending her time and talent to increase awareness of international charity organizations and the work that they do to make the... Read More

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is former chairman and CEO of Carlson, a global travel and hospitality company headquartered in Minneapolis, which includes Radisson Blu, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inns & Suites and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Nelson has appeared on the Forbes... Read More

Randy Newcomb

As President and CEO, Randy Newcomb leads all aspects of Humanity United’s strategic planning, development, and operations. He works closely with the organization’s founders and Board of Trustees to ensure that Humanity United achieves its long-term mission and strategic... Read More

Gilbert Orrantia

Gilbert Orrantia became the Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security in June, 2009. Prior to heading Arizona’s Homeland Security efforts at the State, he served in the FBI for 26 years. Mr. Orrantia brings a national and global perspective on counterterrorism that is... Read More
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