Founder / Photographer
Matilde Simas is a photographer from Boston, MA. Interested in the intersection of art, audience engagement and social change, Matilde leverages the power of visual storytelling to inform, provoke discussions, and inspire action. She achieves this by public speaking and exhibiting her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces.
Her work on human trafficking has been widely exhibited by varies UN agencies. Matilde has recently been awarded a UNICEF Picture of the Year HM and she also emerged the winner of the 2019 Social Cause International Photography Award from the Lucie Foundation. Beyond photography, Matilde is passionate about volunteering and traveling. When she doesn't have a camera in her hands, it's probably because she's planning her next journey.
Visit her website here: MatildeSimas.com
Jessica is a freelance writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. She specializes in creating content for nonprofits and has written for organizations working in human rights, conservation, education, and health care. She loves traveling and food, speaks Spanish, and has two dogs, one of whom she rescued while living in Mexico.
Film Director and Editor
Huma Hussain is a director and editor based out of California. Her practice centres on stories of marginalization and include reflections on her own identity as an Indian Muslim woman. From a young age, Huma has explored a variety of media including video, sound, writing, and graphic design to find her own unique form of expression. Huma’s most recent project is a narrative short film that focuses on the life of a Muslim immigrant in America, and is set to be released in 2020.
Through the course of her career in India and in Boston, Huma has worked in the capacity of a filmmaker, designer, writer and a journalist. Huma’s work has led to collaborations with many community-based organisations including the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, The Irish International Immigrant Center and The New American Integration AmeriCorps Program.
In 2017, Huma was awarded a digital media fellowship by Imagining America and the Joy of Giving Something Foundation for creating publicly engaged art. She is currently a Fellow at Emerson College.
Photographer and Photo Editor
Social and cultural subjects have always lured Uday to travel to various places to explore the people, culture and their customs. He has traveled far and wide from exploring the Roma community in Zenica, Bosnia to the Catarina doll making people of Capula, Mexico. He has worked with several non governmental and nonprofit organizations to document stories ranging from a shelter home for cancer kids in Mumbai, India; to a school for mentally challenged kids in Quito, Ecuador and a Food Shelter program for poor community in Apartado, Colombia. Photography has allowed him to break stereotypes, connect with people and bring a voice to the untold stories. Being a first generation Indian American immigrant, he is acutely aware of the plight and struggles of immigrants in a country. His work has been exhibited in several places and has won numerous awards. He currently resides in Westborough, Massachusetts with his black Labrador Bella.
Mim is a fifth generation artist, who is carrying on her family’s modest legacy through her dedication to acting, singing, writing music, and storytelling. In 2013, Mim became a fledgling-filmmaker further journeying into the world of film acting, screenwriting and film production. A year later, she established an ideation think tank, Frogcatcher Films, where she develops screenplays and collaborates with other production companies on their film projects.
Human Trafficking Adviser
Margeaux Gray is an artist, humanitarian activist, and carrier of light. She also is a survivor of child abuse and sex trafficking. Today, Margeaux advocates against all forms of violence by empowering and mentoring at-risk youth and survivors of gender based violence, abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.
Margeaux uses her talent as an artist to convey the light, resiliency, and value of individuals who are often overlooked in today’s society by empowering them to harness the power of their own creative voice. In the past she has served as a subject matter expert and consultant with Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), Victims of Crime (VOC), Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OFTP), and the National Survivor Network (NSN) to name a few. Margeaux has had her art and writing published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, CNN, Women’sHealth.gov, and the Louisville Courier Journal.
African Affairs Adviser
Lidet Tilahun is former Principal Policy Officer to the former African Union Chairperson and Director of International Outreach at One Laptop per Child where she was responsible for outreach, fostering, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders around the world.
Erin is a content developer, facilitator, and business consultant. With a heart for humanity and animals alike, Erin also serves as an editor for non-profit organizations and is currently a consultant and board member for a local dog rescue organization. Erin believes we all have the capacity to make a positive impact on the world around us if we keep our hearts and eyes open for opportunities to serve.
Derek Lavoie is a freelance illustrator and owner of Derek Lavoie Art from New Bedford, MA. He studied Illustration at Mass College of Art in Boston. His love of nature and music inspires his creativity. Derek recently had the distinct opportunity to design the latest Olympic Luge Race Suit and has had his work published in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Capture Humanity Ambassadors
Nicole Grehn is a RN and Limb Kind amputee mentor from Wisconsin. Nicole is a bilateral above the knee amputee who experienced profound traumas which would shape her life. In 2015, Nicole lost both of her legs in an emergency amputation after she went into cardiac arrest due to catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia—an inherited gene mutation that went undetected her whole life. Nicole does not allow anything to stop her including traveling internationally to mentor children with limb loss. She is currently pursuing a Nurse Practitioner degree and is planning to move to NYC this fall.
Cheri is an LICSW who has worked in the human services field for over 20 years. She is the owner of a private therapy practice and co-owner of a wellness center that centers around both physical and mental wellbeing. She has worked with victims of sexual and physical violence, inmates in corrections, and children and teens who have been in and out of DCF and DYS custody. As a victim of sexual assault herself, who knows the barriers to fighting for justice, Cheri has been a staunch believer in advocating for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. Lastly, Cheri has always been an advocate for raising awareness and educating our communities about the dangers of social media, grooming and the connection to human trafficking. Cheri plans to open up the wellness center to survivors of trafficking and other forms of violence, so they have a safe, supportive space in which to feel heard and respected.
Jenn Green Snowden
Jennifer Green Snowden juggles motherhood and a full-time career as a paralegal. Her Love of running also keeps her social calendar extremely busy. As a lifelong friend of Matilde (Mattie), Jennifer has been in awe of her beautiful photographs and the stories they tell. After seeing Mattie's photographs of the girls and woman in Capture Humanity, it spoke to Jennifer as a mother of two and inspired her to become an ambassador to the program. "After having two children, my eyes have been opened more than ever to the world of human trafficking," says Jennifer. Our children live in a different world filled with electronics and social media. Being an avid long-distance runner, I am always fearful of my own safety out on the roads alone. I reached out to Mattie asking her how I could advocate for her and help her keep us informed on the reality of these changing times."
Robert Schulman, a native Long Islander, is the Executive Director/Founder of Limb Kind Foundation and a Certified Prosthetist. He is a graduate of SUNY University of Buffalo and Newington Certificate Program. Robert has never considered being a Prosthetist a job, as helping people with limb loss is truly his passion and life’s work. Limb Kind is where Robert met (Matilde) Mattie, and their professional partnership developed into a synergistic positive movement. Robert then joined Capture Humanity to further assist in informing others about the horrors of human trafficking in the world.