Melba Brown

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Melba Robinson is a tireless advocate for girls and young women who face insurmountable challenges. Melba’s innovative works in the areas of social work, mental health, and human sex trafficking of domestic children have made her a go-to person for Juvenile Justice Judges, Law Enforcement, Community Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Parents.

Melba has a strong interest in the next generation of girls and young women. She has served for years as a case manager, mentor and court advocate for troubled and exploited girls and has served as a hands-on resource to their families. Robinson founded STRIVE (Surviving Together regardless of Ignorance, Violence and Exploitation). STRIVE engages survivors of human sex trafficking through an aftercare group which assist girls with transitioning back into their families and communities while equipping and empowering them with the ability to set and achieve their life goals.

Her commitment to help women, girls, communities and NGOs extends far beyond Atlanta. Robinson has worked with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Share Hope International, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, ICE. She has also served as a volunteer for DeKalb County’s Task Force for Homeless and Sexually Exploited Youth. Melba is often called upon as an expert witness for law enforcement to build case against sex traffickers, and she is a sought-after trainer and curriculum developer for Juvenile Courts, NGOs, professional associations and religious organization. Melba has served as a Director for a state licensed safe refuge, education and therapeutic home for American girls who have survived violence, street life and human sex trafficking and exploitation. In this position she led committed staff and team of volunteers in providing restorative care and services to girls and their families. In addition, Melba serves as a subject matter expert on task forces, panels and at conferences. Melba currently is the Program Director for an Anti-Human Trafficking program with the Salvation Army.

Melba holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and a Masters in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Melba Robinson is a Georgia resident and one of Georgia’s leaders to eradicate Human Sex Trafficking of Domestic Children.