Jennifer Hankel is a cum laude M.A. graduate in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Denver University. She graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from Northwestern College with degrees in Social Work and Political Science.
During her undergraduate, she conducted community outreach in Tamil Nadu, India and was later a development intern for a nonprofit serving both sex workers and trafficking survivors in West Bengal, India. As a graduate student, Jenni served as an intern at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs working on the analysis of their grant system, writing reports, and developing training tutorials.
Jenni previously worked as the Associate Director of Research for the Human Trafficking Center coordinating research protocol, training graduate student researchers, and facilitating the development of a federally funded, global Human Trafficking Index. Here, she applied her previous experiences conducting researching on rural intimate partner violence in the Midwest.
Currently, Jenni collaborates with researchers out of the University of Wyoming collecting and analyzing data on women who trade sex for money or other things of value. As part of this collaborative, Jenni has authored three articles exploring past trauma, ethno-racial identity, and dominant cultural ideology. Jenni also works as a Program Evaluator for Mile High United Way where she builds evaluation capacity with nonprofit partners and program helping them learn from their work to increase impact.