"Victims just want to become survivors who get a chance to be productive members of our society. To do this, they need access to ongoing medical treatment, education and employment provided by non-judgmental community partners educated about human trafficking."
Ingrid Johnson '03/M.S.N. '07
Personal experience with the destructive force of human trafficking led Ingrid Johnson to work tirelessly as an advocate for its victims. In 2004, her teenage daughter was the victim of traffickers in New York City. After finding her daughter and bringing her home, their family began a long — and ultimately successful — journey to recovery; her daughter recently graduated from college with a degree in education and psychology.
Along the way, Johnson converted her family tragedy into outreach and advocacy. She works with the Newark and New Jersey Coalitions Against Human Trafficking and volunteers at Covenant House in Newark to protect society’s most vulnerable individuals. She has served on the boards of Nancy’s Place, Communities in Cooperation and the Sanar Wellness Institute. Johnson has been featured in numerous articles and appeared on the Dr. Phil show, as well as in a news special titled “Against Their Will.” She also testified before the New Jersey Senate to advocate for legislation to support laws and services to assist victims.
“Victims just want to become survivors who get a chance to be productive members of our society,” she says. “To do this, they need access to ongoing medical treatment, education and employment provided by non-judgmental community partners educated about human trafficking.”
After working for several organizations as an RN, Johnson decided to pursue her bachelor’s in nursing from Seton Hall. She was attracted to the program because it was clear the University provides a supportive environment for students from all walks of life — from faculty who are always willing to offer support and guidance to the library, with its great support staff and accessible technology.
Johnson’s success led her to enroll in the University’s M.S. in Nursing, Health Systems Administration program. This program facilitated her transition into nursing management at Overlook Medical Center, where she serves as manager of patient access and bed management.
One aspect of a Seton Hall especially resonates with Johnson. “Seton Hall is committed to developing servant leaders. Becoming a servant leader has allowed me to identify and address my own stereotypes in order to more effectively help and lead others.”
Her alma mater has taken notice of Johnson’s shining example of servant leadership in action. She received the Sara M. Errickson and Health System Administration awards and, in 2009, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumna Award. In recognition of her passionate dedication and commitment to helping survivors of domestic human trafficking, Seton Hall honored Johnson with the 2015 Many Are One Humanitarian Award.