Humanitarian Action

The Mission

The McCain Institute’s commitment to strengthening character-driven global leadership is reflected in its efforts to support humanitarian action. Through the activities of our Humanitarian Action program, The McCain Institute has become nationally recognized for its work to counter... Read More

Our Vision

At The McCain Institute, we have set five specific goals to accomplish over the next three years

  • Create the first comprehensive estimate of human trafficking in the United States, based on original research and data collection and integration
  • Establish a web-based clearinghouse on... 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

Ending Child Sex Slavery in the U.S.

Mon, June 01, 2015

Human rights attorney Malika Saada Saar, 44, has spent much of her life working to make the world safer for women and girls. But it wasn’t until she became a mother that her passion for protecting others turned profoundly personal. “It became a visceral drive,” says the mother of... Read More

There Is No Such Thing…

Thu, January 29, 2015

We see the term "child prostitute" used every day. But there is no such thing. There are many children who are repeatedly raped and trafficked for sex.

More than 1,000 children are arrested on prostitution or prostitution-related charges in the U.S. and placed in juvenile detention... Read More

To beat trafficking, change mindsets

Tue, October 07, 2014

By Cindy McCain

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 prosecute traffickers, while services enabling victims to lead productive lives, safely... Read More

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Charlotte Lapp

Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator

Charlotte Lapp is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. As Program Coordinator, Ms. Lapp works with the Institute’s Strategic Advisor, the Director for Arizona Initiatives and the Senior Coordinator for Human Trafficking... 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

Alex Pilla

Humanitarian Action Intern

Alex Pilla is the Humanitarian Action Intern at The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Ms. Pilla is originally from New Jersey and just completed her sophomore year at Boston College in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science and International... Read More

Erin Schulte

Humanitarian Action Intern

Erin Schulte is one of the Humanitarian Action Interns at The McCain Institute and a junior studying Global Studies and Political Science at Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College. Ms. Schulte has worked to combat human trafficking in Arizona through community... Read More

Lindsay Scornavacco

Senior Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator

Lindsay Scornavacco serves as the Senior Anti-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, Ms. Scornavacco acted... Read More

Holly Austin Gibbs

Holly is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an activist against all forms of human trafficking and exploitation. Holly has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous organizations, including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Missing & Exploited... Read More

Ernie Allen

Ernie Allen is a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He was founder of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a private, nonprofit organization which is leading the global effort to... 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 serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory... Read More

Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for 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

Randy Newcomb is President and CEO of Humanity United, one of the largest private donors in the field of international human rights. Founded by Pam and Pierre Omidyar, Humanity United seeks to build peace and advance human freedom in the corners of the globe where these ideals are... 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

Student Alliance Mission

The mission of the Student Alliance Against Trafficking is to unite a national network of students committed to combatting human trafficking, amplify awareness on the issue, encourage advocacy and deter related behaviors that contribute to sex trafficking in the United States.

In... Read More