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Empowering young leaders and addressing violence against women and girls

    About IPPI

    We partner with local communities and organizations to address the intersections of vulnerability, trauma, resiliency and education.

    Our partners:

    • Topeka Shawnee County Anti-Human Trafficking Advisory Board
    • Rotary District 5710
    • Community Action Against Human Trafficking
    • YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment
    Our staff

    Lori Rowe, J.D.

    President, International Public Policy Institute

    Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMCSW

    Vice-President, International Public Policy Institute

    more about Dorthy

    Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW, an international trainer, is co-founder of Halley Counseling Services, P.A., and co-director of the Family Peace Initiative Program, a trauma-focused battering intervention program. She is the past director of the Victim Services Division of the Kansas Office of the Attorney General (2007-2020). During her time there, she pursued the development of the Human Trafficking Advisory Board and helped coordinated it.

    Her development of an evidence-informed motivation typology for those who batter has opened the door to a new understanding for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, battering intervention providers, and others in the domestic violence field. She led the state efforts to develop standards and certify battering intervention programs throughout Kansas and has served as an expert
    witness in domestic violence cases for the past 33 years.

    Dorthy has served victims in various capacities since 1986. She was the Executive Director of
    Safehouse, Inc. for over a decade, and previously served as a Crime Victim Compensation Board member. She was the Practicum Director and Assistant Professor at Pittsburg State University in the Social Work Program from 1997 to 2007. She is the past president of the Kansas Chapter of the
    National Association of Social Workers (KNASW), the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), and the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA). She also serves as a consultant for the Kansas Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (KDVFRB).

    Dorthy received the Outstanding Victim Advocate of the Year Award by KCSDV (1996). She was the first recipient of the Dorthy Halley Lifetime Service Award by the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt (2020). This award is reserved as a special recognition for a dedicated professional who creates significant positive impact in the lives of crime victims throughout their career. In that same year, she also, received the Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award by the Governor’s Conference on Child Abuse. In 2022 she became the recipient of the Kansas Children’s Service League’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Children Award.

    Along with her husband, Steve, she has authored curricula for working with those who batter, justice-involved women and diverse people, and justice-involved youth. They have also authored The River of Cruelty, and Halley’s Alley: Commentaries on marriage, family, healthy relationships, parenting, loss, grief, trauma, and domestic violence. She has provided international and domestic presentations to more than 30,000 advocates, criminal justice professionals, and others.

    In addition to her work, Dorthy loves water skiing, traveling, and spending time with family.

    Dr. Sharon Sullivan

    Professor emerita,
    STARS Founder and Executive Director

    more about Sharon

    Dr. Sharon L. Sullivan has degrees from Smith College, Washington University and the University of Kansas. She is Professor emeritus at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. Her research and activism focus on violence against women and children, including sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, and rape as a weapon of war. 

    Sharon is cofounder and executive director of STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), a member of the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board, President of the International Public Policy Institute, and President of Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT). She is also an active supporter of the Topeka YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. She currently co-chairs the Topeka Shawnee County anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

    Tiffany Mack


    Barbara Ballentine


    Autumn Prosser

    Marketing Director