Christa Hayden Sharpe serves as the Vice President of Regional Operations for Southeast Asia. She also temporarily serves as Vice President of Global Aftercare. Christa and her Southeast Asia regional team, support five IJM Field Offices in the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand as they combat the online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines, child sexual assault in Thailand, and the trafficking of men and women into forced labor in the Thai fishing industry, forced marriage in China, and forced domestic work in Malaysia. Alongside the Global Aftercare team, Christa ensures survivors receive restorative aftercare services in their local communities, develops best practice models, and builds the technical capacity of government social services.
Christa joined IJM in 2005 as IJM Cambodia’s Director of Aftercare where she led a team of national social workers to provide crisis care, trial preparation and case management for over 250 sex trafficking survivors. Christa then served as a Director of Church Mobilization in the US where she engaged thousands in the biblical call to justice.
Most recently, Christa served as IJM Cambodia’s Field Office Director where she led a team to equip Cambodia's justice system to more effectively, ethically and independently enforce the law. Through police and social worker training and casework mentorship, campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, and collective action amongst civil society agencies and government officials, IJM Cambodia saw the prevalence of child sex trafficking decrease an additional 73% in two years.
Christa holds a Master’s in Social Science Administration (MSW) from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in Political Science and African & African Diaspora Studies from Tulane University. Christa and her husband currently live in the Washington, D.C. area.