About Team Relentless

Katherine2Dr. Katherine Welch, an American Pediatrician, has been working in Asia since 2000. Through her experiences of working with various marginalized people in rural Thailand, and then China, Katherine developed an understanding about the dynamics of exploitation and how a health professional can play a specific and important role in working against it. The years of experience prepared her to launch Relentless in 2011. Dr. Welch travels globally as a medical and health consultant to organizations serving abused, trafficked, and exploited people. She also trains health care professionals around the world in how to leverage their skills to fight modern-day slavery. Dr. Welch has served as a member of the International Organization for Migration/UNGIFT expert panel on health which produced the document “Caring for Trafficked Persons, Guidance for Health Providers”. She serves as the Medical Advisor for Chab Dai Cambodia, the International Health Advisor for Hope for Justice, and is on the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) Trafficking in Persons Task Force, as well as the Medical Director for Global Health Promise.

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Wasana Worachatdetchai (Watt)  I started working with Relentless as an interpreter and translator for workshops and documents. At first that was all I wanted to do, but when I got to know Relentless more and more, it seemed like something inside me came awake. As a Thai person and mother of three children, I’m really passionate about children and women – especially the ones who are caught in human trafficking and the abuse cycle. As one person (me), fighting these problems seemed impossible but not with a Relentless team I realize that it is possible!

วาดเริ่มต้นทำงานกับ Relentless ในฐานะนักแปลของคุณหมดแคทเธอลีน ตอนแรกไม่ได้คิดว่าจะทำอะไรมากกว่าการเป็นนักแปลภาษา แต่เมื่อได้รู้จักกับ Relentless มากขึ้น วาดรู้สึกว่ามีบางอย่างในตัวเองตื่นขึ้น ในฐานะที่คนไทยและเป็นคุณแม่ลูกสาม วาดรู้สึกว่าวาดมีใจกับเด็กและสตรีมาก โดยเฉพาะคนที่ตกอยู่ในวงจรของการค้ามนุษย์หรือถูกทำทารุณกรรม วาดตระหนักว่าไม่สามารถทำเรื่องนี้คนเดียวได้ แต่เมื่อมีทีมวาดก็ตระหนักได้เช่นกันว่าเรื่องนี้สามารถเป็นไปได้

2014-08-02 17.34.07 (2)Jessica Simons is a pediatric nurse with a passion for public health! She has been a part of Team Relentless since 2013 – first as a public health intern and now as the US based advocate. She loves teaching people how to be healthy and designing lesson plans/curriculums that meet people on their level. Jessica currently partners with US based anti-trafficking organizations to address the health needs of their clients and educates health professionals about the realities of human trafficking. On her days off she loves hiking, cooking, and soaking up time with friends!