Trinity Human Rights Group
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
President & Founder, Constance "Connie" Huntsman, practices law in Washington, D.C. She contracts on a case-by-case and worked with entities, such as the US Federal Reserve Board, and was a Supervising Attorney with Crowell & Moring LLP and a Lead Contract Attorney with Loeb & Loeb LLP. Her work to combat human trafficking has involved providing legal counsel on immigration cases for human trafficking survivors and facilitating over 70 trainings and public speaking engagements to over 2,200 participants on human trafficking. Connie has consulted with the USDA and NSA, and appeared on television and radio. She developed a Train-the-Trainers program for other activists and created the 120 page curriculum. Connie's interest in sustainability stemmed from her post-graduate studies and realization that human trafficking and forced child labor impacts all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and will continue to grow based on climate change and the spread of poverty.
Formerly, Connie was a Program Manager (P-5) with the United Nations Development Group (including the UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Program (WFP)), to reform their global "common services" procurement operations, which had an impact on all UN Field Offices worldwide (over 140 offices). She oversaw their common services training program in 20 UN Field Offices and their seed money grant program in 45 UN Field Offices. While at the UN, she served as Vice President for the Group on Equal Rights for Women at the UN (GERWUN), to ensure equal rights protection for women UN staff members. Prior to her legal career, Connie was a Senior Engineer in the Flight Test Division with Northrop Grumman Corporation working on government contracting issues.
Connie earned a Juris Doctorate degree with honors (cum laude) and a Master’s degree with highest marks (3.9/4.0 GPA) in International Relations, both from The American University. For a year-abroad program, she studied public international law at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and during law school, she was Senior Staff for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Connie also earned a Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and has two Certificates in Women, Peace and Security from the International Stability-Operations Association and another in Engineering Program Management from Cal Tech University.
Dr. Sapna Batish is an environmental scientist, who is passionate about addressing the intersection of ecological destruction and labor trafficking. Her professional experience includes employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United Nations Environment Program, and the National Academy of Sciences. She loves to approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective and plans to use her knowledge of coastal ecology, remote sensing, climate science and environmental policy to combat the exploitation of both people and nature. Born in India and raised from the age of 8 in the United States, Sapna is proud of her heritage and sees herself as a global citizen, having travelled to 20 countries. She speaks Hindi and Punjabi fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Her Buddhist philosophy with the SGI-USA drives her desire to protect the environment through positive change in the lives of individuals.
Catherine Bilello is a counselor, Reiki Master and intuitive healer, and is certified in Advanced Pranic Healing. In addition to Catherine’s 40 years of experience, she has completed training in Pranic Psychotherapy, Crystal Healing, Anhatic Yoga, Esoteric Feng Shui, and Kriyashakti. She conducts one-on-one healing-modality sessions, transformational workshops, and meditation classes. Catherine focuses on survivors of abuse with a special passion to assist young adults. Her clients have also included doctors, psychologists, business executives, teachers, salespersons, actors, and families.
Catherine and Constance have a long-term partnership working to empower women with the Buddhist lay organization, the SGI-USA, and in support of Constance's role with GERWUN. Together, they brought public speakers to the UN to empower UN women staff and coordinated a UN International Women’s Day extravaganza with actor, Ben Vereen, and an all woman African drum group from the SGI-USA. With Catherine's behind-the-scenes support, they revolutionized the GERWUN's membership from around 10 monthly members to filling a UN Assembly Hall with over 500 UN staff. Based on Catherine’s proven skills, Catherine joined Trinity to empower survivors of human trafficking and other human rights abuses.