Meet Our Team

It takes a devoted group of likeminded people to create change. Our team includes a bipartisan group of experienced advocates and public officials working together to make a difference. Get to know the faces behind our mission.

Human Rights for Kids James Dold headshot

CEO & Founder

James Dold

Inspired by his own personal experiences of child sexual abuse and child labor trafficking, as well as his work fighting to end child trafficking and the use of cruel punishments imposed on children who were convicted of serious crimes, James Dold founded Human Rights for Kids in May of 2017 in response to the human rights abuses that children in the U.S. and around the world face on a daily basis.

It was his belief that by bringing together diverse stakeholders from various ideological and political backgrounds that we can create a national movement to holistically change society’s failure to adequately care for our most marginalized and vulnerable children. Only by tackling the issues of childhood poverty, child abuse & exploitation, childhood delinquency & crime, and education together can we secure the protection of every child’s human rights so that he or she may fulfill their God given potential and have an equal chance in the race of life.

Learn More About James’ Childhood
in his StoryCorps Interview

Learn More About the Human Rights
Abuses James Experienced as a Child:

Board of Directors

Representative Barbara Rachelson


Representative V. Lowry Snow


Assemblyman John Hambrick


Delegate Dana Stein


Fmr. Delegate John Ellem


Senator Missy Irvin


Representative Greg Leding


Representative Rebecca Petty


Emily Virgin


Representative John Mizuno


Fmr. Senator AJ Griffin


David Stewart, M.A.

Suzanne La Pierre, J.D.

Johanna Olivas Benavides, M.A.

Tony Torain, II, J.D.

Advisory Board

  • Elizabeth Barnert, M.D.
  • Michael Mendoza
  • Daniel Mendoza-Jacobo
  • Ashlie Bryant
  • Mel Wilson
  • Patrice Smith
  • Ron LeGrand
  • Nate Balis
  • Maggy Krell
  • Maheen Kaleem
  • Jane Narich
  • Jessica Trease

Partners & Advocates

Our partners are essential to our impact. We work with a variety of partner organizations and individuals to advance human rights for kids across the country. Want to help make a tangible impact? Learn how you can become a HRFK partner today.