Sondra Skelaney

MA, International Relations and Affairs, Yale University (2002)

Office: FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM-212

Phone: 305-348-2408


Areas of Expertise: Human Rights, Sex Trafficking


Sandy Skelaney is a CHANGEMAKER, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR and ANTI-TRAFFICKING LEADER who spearheaded Florida's response to sexually trafficked minors with the creation of Project GOLD in Kristi House in 2007. She is currently a Social Venture Consultant and the Chief Mastermind (Executive Director) at Ignition Fund, an accelerator program helping launch tech-based human rights startups. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University teaching Sex Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Sandy provides training and technical assistance for organizations such as the National Criminal Justice Training Center, Shared Hope International, National Children's Advocacy Center, Florida Department of Children and Families, Traffick Free, youthSpark, Redefining Refuge and many more.

Sandy has a MA from Yale University in International Relations. Her anti-trafficking work included work with ECPAT International in Bangkok, Thailand, and Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) in New York City. Sandy was a TEDx MIAMI speaker and has won several awards for her advocacy and program development, including the prestigious "Women Who Make a Difference in Miami" award from the Junior League of Miami in 2013 and "Humanitarian of the Year" from National Association of Social Workers - Miami-Dade in 2016.

Courses Taught

ISS 6926: Capstone Project