Jane White - Director and Founder of the MI Human Trafficking Task Force. What began in 2006 with Jane inviting 20 Michigan police chiefs to a meeting has become a task force of more than 135 agencies committed to a collaborative effort to identify, rescue and restore victims, prosecute offenders, and educate people about human trafficking, in both sexual and labor exploitation. As a former law enforcement officer and an educator, Jane has talked with thousands about human trafficking and has researched, developed, and been a trainer in courses on diversity, race relations, sexual harassment, ethics and integrity, and more.
Jane served as the Associate Director of the National Center for Community Policing at the MSU School of Criminal Justice. She was Board President of the Lansing Boys Club in the late 1970’s, during which time she led it to become the Boys and Girls Club. She was appointed to the original Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. Jane White has spent her life protecting the human rights of many. She has been a leader in work aligned with the Global Goals 5, 8, 16. Greater Lansing United Nations Association thanks Jane for her dedication, vision and persistence in the fight to eradicate human trafficking.
Will Lawrence - creator of the Sunrise Movement. Will is truly a global goals leader working on many of the Sustainable Development Goals (especially goals 7, 8, and 13.) Will has been a national leader since college. His clear focus on the urgency of organizing on climate change led him to develop what has turned into the national Sunrise Movement, formed to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. He designed the Sunrise Movement plan with colleagues and advisers, then moved back to Michigan to organize young people concerned with climate change and environmental justice. He designed an organizational structure that allowed the movement to support 65 campus groups at once. He organized coordinated non-violent protest actions at up to 25 campuses simultaneously. He helped to grow the organizational budget from 0 to $300k in two years. He is a trainer and facilitator of the Momentum leadership team. Greater Lansing United Nation Association applauds Will’s important work to protect our climate by inspiring and organizing many, many others to take action as well!
Joan Jackson Johnson, affectionately known as 'Triple J,' is dedicated to the struggles of the poor and vulnerable. Dr. Johnson, a clinical psychologist, is the principal owner of the East Lansing Center for the Family and has been the Director of the Human Relations and Community Services Department (HRCS) For the City of Lansing since 2006.