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Founder & Executive Director

Rhonelle Bruder is the Executive Director of Project iRISE, a survivor-led anti-trafficking agency, and a doctoral student at The University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. As a Ph.D. student in Social and Behavioural Sciences, Rhonelle plans to focus her research on strengthening best practices, gender-based violence prevention methodologies, and community-based recovery and resilience strategies for survivors of human trafficking.

Rhonelle earned a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Victoria, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from New York City College of Technology and has over ten years of public service, community leadership, and research experience.

A passionate human rights advocate, Rhonelle’s work has been recognized both in Canada and internationally, with the 2021 distinction as L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and as a part of the Canadian Delegation to the 65th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Her work has also been featured on many national and local media sources, including but not limited to CBC, CP24, The Toronto Star, Flare Magazine, Global News, and many more.

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