Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

Adjunct Faculty

Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, Terrorism, Organized Crime

Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is a graduate of the Criminology, Law and Society doctoral and master's programs, with an expertise in human trafficking. She currently serves as a human trafficking expert witness for criminal cases and her first book, Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium, will be published by Praeger/ABC-Clio Fall 2017.

Dr. Mehlman-Orozco is represented by renowned literary agent Ronald Goldfarb and her writing can be found in Thomson Reuters, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Crime Report, and The Diplomatic Courier, among other media. Her second book,The Jihadi Next Door, recently sold to SkyHorse commercial publisher, expected release 2018. Her work had also garnered international media, including interviews with CNN, USA Today, NBC, CBS, Thomson Reuters, Daily Mail, and Miami Herald, among others.

Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Mahn, Mehlman & Associates LLC, she served as the Executive Director of The Justitia Institute, an independent non-profit focused on generating and disseminating innovative research on issues related to immigration, human trafficking, and social justice, and taught undergraduate courses in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland College Park.  Dr. Mehlman-Orozco also previously served as Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University in Providence, RI.

While earning her MA and PhD at Mason, Dr. Mehlman-Orozco founded the Student Center for Immigration Research, received the Dean's Challenge Award in 2009-2010, and worked on a variety of research projects including the OJJDP Census of Juveniles on Probation.  She conducted original research for her MA thesis on the connection between foreign nationals and crime, and completed her dissertation on the impact of 287(g) legislation on Latino juveniles in residential placement.

Selected Publications

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Forthcoming, 2018). The Jihadi Next Door. SkyHorse. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Forthcoming, 2017). Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium. Praeger.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2015). “Safe Harbor Legislation for Juvenile Victims of Sex Trafficking: A Myopic View of Improvements in Practice.” Social Inclusion. 

 

Expanded Publication List

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Forthcoming, 2018). The Jihadi Next Door. SkyHorse. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Forthcoming, 2017). Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium. Praeger.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Under Review). “Projected Heroes and Self-Perceived Manipulators: Understanding the Duplicitous Identities of Human Traffickers.”

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). To sue or not to sue third-party businesses for sex trafficking? Thomson Reuters.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). Hunting the Internet’s Sex Predators. The Crime Report.

Mehlman-Oroco, Kimberly B. (2017). Will shutting down Backpage.com end the scourge of child sex trafficking in America? Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). Sex Trafficking: A Surprising Rescue Story. The Crime Report. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). What every parent should know about sex trafficking. The Baltimore Sun.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. and Simon Hedlin. (2017). Mehlman-Orozco, Hedlin: Stop criminalizing victims of sex trafficking. Houston Chronicle. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). “Why Do We Criminalize Young Victims of Sex Trafficking?” The Crime Report. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2017). “Why Congress should move cautiously with online sex sites.” The Hill.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Why Cracking down on Sex Sites Won’t Stop Traffickers.” The Crime Report.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “The Plight of Sex-Trafficking Survivors.” Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Will Legalized Prostitution End the Sex Trafficking Scourge?” The Huffington Post. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Trafficked into Terrorism: How ISIS is Recruiting Your Neighbor into the Jihadi Next Door.” The Huffington Post.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “What happens after a human trafficking victim is rescued?” The Hill.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Backpage.com: A Sacrificial Lamb in the War Against Sex Trafficking.” The Huffington Post.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “The DNC Introduced Us to a Liberated Slave. No One Mentioned the Justice System Failed Her. The Huffington Post.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Consenting Prostitutes or Trafficked Victims?” Baltimore Sun.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “America’s Symbolic, Not Effective, Anti-Trafficking Policy.” Diplomatic Courier.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “Sex Slaves or Prostitutes?: How Human Trafficking is Hidden in Plain Sight in America’s Capital.” Diplomatic Courier.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2016). “America’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Hollow victories for public accolade.” Connection Newspapers.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2015). “My nail salon may be a front for a brothel.” The Washington Post.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2015). “Safe Harbor Legislation for Juvenile Victims of Sex Trafficking: A Myopic View of Improvements in Practice.” Social Inclusion.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2015). “Tor and the Bitcoin: An Exploration into Law Enforcement Surveillance Capability Online.” Diplomatic Courier.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2014). “Human Trafficking in the Philippines: A Blemish on Economic Growth.” Diplomatic Courier, Recovery in the Philippines.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2014). “Devoid of Research: An Evaluation of Human
Trafficking Interventions.” Diplomatic Courier, Special Issue: Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficking.

Martinez, Ramiro, and Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2014). “Hispanic Immigration and Crime.” Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration. Eds. Michael Tonry and Sandra Bucerius. Oxford University Press.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2013). “Massage Parlors and Commercial Sex: An Exploratory Study of Online Advertisements in Virginia.” The Justitia Institute.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (2011). “The Effects of In-State Tuition for Non-Citizens: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.” Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. 

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (Contributing Author) (2010) “Breaking It Down: Justice, Law & Society Abstracts for Policymakers and Practitioners.” Center for Justice Law and Society.

Courses Taught

CRIM 307 Social inequality, Crime, and Justice, George Mason University

CRIM 405 Law and Justice Around the World, George Mason University

CRIM 308 Human Rights and Justice, George Mason University

Education

Ph.D (Criminology, Law and Society),  George Mason University

M.A. (Justice, Law and Crime Policy), George Mason University

B.S. cum laude (Administration of Justice), George Mason University

Recent Presentations

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (November 1, 2017). Human Trafficking Awareness Event Guest Speaker. Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, George Mason University.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (August 12, 2017). Guest Speaker at the Mother’s Union International Conference Human Trafficking Forum.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (June 4, 2017). Guest Speaker at the Keeping Our Youth Safe Confetence. Bernadette’s House.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (January, 2017). Human Trafficking Symposium Panelist. Liberty University School of Law.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (December, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker for Girls at High-Risk of Sex Trafficking. Manassas City Police.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (October, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking. Woodbridge Woman’s Club.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (July, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker for At-Risk Youth. TEAM Summer Quest. Manassas City Police Department.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (April, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking. Soroptimist International, Alexandria Chapter.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (March, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking. Republican Women of Clifton.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (March, 2016). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking in Northern Virginia. Westminster at Lake Ridge.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (January, 2016). Keynote Speaker. Soroptimist Human Trafficking Awareness Event.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (September, 2015). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking. Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (September, 2015). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking. Soroptimist International, Woodbridge Chapter.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (August, 2015). Invited Guest Speaker for At-Risk Youth. TEAM Summer Quest. Manassas City Police Department.

Martin, Favian, Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly, and Wooditch, Alese. (2014). Mexican Migration to the United States: An Exploratory Study into Illegal Border Crossings. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Philadelphia, PA.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (August, 2014). Invited Guest Speaker for At-Risk Youth. TEAM Summer Quest. Manassas City Police Department.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (October, 2013). Exhibitor. Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking. Richmond, VA.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (May, 2013). Invited Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking in the Immigrant Community. St Francis of Assisi Church.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (July, 2011). Keynote Speaker. First Annual Quetzal Award Gala. Guatemalan Center of New England.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B., Chirieleison, J., Sebold, C. M., Douds, A., Gallagher, A.M., and Gallagher, C.A. (August, 2010). “Characteristics of Juveniles on Probation: Collecting Data from Atlantic to Pacific”. Presented at the 2010 American Probation and Parole Association Conference: Washington, D.C.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (May, 2010). “Smuggling and the Likelihood of Detention among Undocumented Migrants,” Law and Society Association Conference: Chicago, IL.

Mehlman-Orozco, Kimberly B. (November, 2008). “Foreign Nationals and Crime: An Exploratory Analysis of Undocumented Migrants in Northern Virginia,” American Society of Criminology Conference: St. Louis, MO.

In the Media

June 11, 2017: PJ Media. Interviewed by Karl Herchenroeder. Expert Notes Gap in Human-Trafficking Laws as Senators Press for Fund Renewal. PJ Media.

April 19, 2017: WYPR. Interviewed by Tom Hall. Misinformation Sparked #DCMissingGirls Outrage, But It Highlights Real And Overlooked Issues.

March 30, 2017: CBS. Interviewed by Jennifer Earl. Mom’s warning about “human trafficking” at IKEA goes viral; what you need to know.

March 29, 2017: Women’s Health. Interviewed by Korin Miller.  This Mom Claims She Encountered Human Traffickers At IKEA And People Are Freaking Out.

February 10, 2017: Miami Herald. Interviewed by David Ovalle. Florida lawsuit targets website decried as hub for human trafficking.

February 2, 2017: Miami Herald. Interviewed by David Ovalle. The ‘adult’ section may be closed but Miami sex workers still on the job.

January 1, 2017: OutSmart Magazine. Interviewed by Dr. Laura. Hidden in Plain Sight: Researcher Dr. Mehlman-Orozco Discusses the Realities of Human Trafficking. 

September 13, 2016: The Huffington Post. Will Legalized Prostitution End the Sex Trafficking Scourge? Blog. 

August 4, 2016: The Huffington Post. Trafficked into Terrorism: How ISIS is Recruiting Your Neighbor into the Jihadi Next Door. Blog. 

July 29, 2016: The Hill. What happens after a human trafficking victim is rescued? Blog.

July 29, 2016: The Huffington Post. Backpage.com: A Sacrificial Lamb in the War Against Sex Trafficking. Blog.

July 29, 2016: The Huffington Post. The DNC Introduced Us to a Liberated Slave. No One Mentioned the Justice System Failed Her. Blog.

June 19, 2016: Baltimore Sun. Consenting Prostitutes or Trafficked Victims? Op-Ed.

May 11, 2016: Connection Newspapers. America’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Hollow victories for public accolade. Op-Ed.

November 19, 2015: The Washington Post. My nail salon may be a front for a brothel. Op-Ed.

February 3, 2015: NBC. Shoe Bomber has ‘Tactical Regrets’ Over Failed American Airlines Plot. Interviewed by Tracy Connor.

February 2, 2015: The Towerlight. Interviewed by Nilo Exar. Campus Hosts Maryland Freedom Conference.

January 19, 2015: CNN. ‘Jihad Jane’ Motivated by ‘Love’ and Feminine ‘Pride.’ Interviewed by Pamela Brown.

August 15, 2013: USA Today. Interviewed by Yamiche Alcindor. Dozens of Laws Pass Laws to Fight Human Trafficking.

June 6, 2013: USA Today. Interviewed by Yamiche Alcindor. Blue Campaign by DHS aims to combat human trafficking.

May 17, 2013: El Tiempo Latino. Interviewed by Milagros Meléndez-Vela. Denuncian red de prostitución y tráfico humano en VA. 

June 2, 2010: Style Weekly. Interviewed by Peter Galuszka. The New Slavery: Virginia becomes haven for human trafficking.