Board of Directors

Dr. Christina Cowger, coordinator of North Carolina Stop Torture Now, agricultural researcher

Steven Edelstein, civil rights attorney, Chair of the Civil Rights Section of North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Margaret Misch, advocate for human rights and social justice, retired biologist, and active member of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist

Dr. Michael J. Struett, Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University


Jessica Porta, Organizer & Director of Development

Jessica Porta strategizes community engagement, grant funding, and organizational development for the NCCIT. Until 2015, she worked with The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program and as a Case Manager, helping victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives.  Jessica has a consulting company, Blue Dot Development, that helps non-profits and socially conscious enterprises.  






Advisory Board (in formation)

Imam Abdullah Antepli, Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University – Durham, NC

Allyson Caison, resident – Selma, NC

William Hodding Carter III, Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina, journalist, member of the Carter Administration, former president of the Knight Foundation – Chapel Hill, NC

Jess Dunlap, Executive Committee, Libertarian Party of North Carolina – Waynesville, NC

Julia Elsee, resident – Smithfield, NC

Ret’d. Capt. Matthew Hoh, Marine Corps veteran and former State Department official in Afghanistan; fellow with Center for International Policy – Raleigh, NC

Prof. Jayne Huckerby, Professor of Law at Duke Law and Director, Duke International Human Rights Clinic – Durham, NC

Rev. Hannah Vaughan, retired, Presbytery of Coastal Carolina – Wilmington, NC

Prof. Deborah Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law – Chapel Hill, NC

Jill Williams, former executive director, Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Commission; former officer of Andrus Family Fund – Pulaski, VA

Erik Wilson, Vice-Chair, Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina – Raleigh, NC