Len Morris is the Editorial Director of Media Voices for Children, a documentary filmmaker, lecturer and advocate for children’s human rights.
Len’s background is in producing and directing human rights documentaries. Stolen Childhoods (2004), narrated by Meryl Streep, examined child labor in eight countries and was described by the New York Times as “harrowing but hopeful.” Rescuing Emmanuel (2009) dealt with 100 million street children and The Same Heart (2012) examines global funding shortfalls for poverty programs and their impacts on children.
In addition to the feature documentaries, Len has produced dozens of short films for Media Voices on topics like human trafficking, domestic labor, and child labor in agriculture, access to education and gender equality. In 2002, he established an educational program for child laborers in Kenya. The Kenyan Schoolhouse has supported hundreds of children, removing them from work on the coffee and tea plantations and sending them to school.
Len’s work has been shown at The US Department of Labor, The World Bank, The US State Department, USAID and on dozens of college campuses. Last year, he received the Walter Cronkite Award for his work to end child labor. In 2010, he was the recipient of The Images and Voices of Hope Award for his work on behalf of children’s rights.
Len delivered the Frank Porter Graham Human Rights lecture at The University of North Carolina in 2005. He has also lectured at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.
Petra Lent McCarron is an experienced television and film producer and editor. She co-produced Stolen Childhoods and Rescuing Emmanuel for Galen Films. She began her career at WNET (PBS) in New York City as an associate producer for Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. She also worked as an associate producer and stock footage researcher on Robert Moses, for WNET and JFK: A Time Remembered for Obenhaus Films and The Susskind Company.
As a film editor, Petra has worked for the New York Times Oral History Project on their film, Taste Ladies and Ink- Stained Wretches. She was a contributing editor to Stolen Childhoods, Rescuing Emmanuel and Big Guns Talk – all for Galen Films. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University, her work has been shown on PBS and broadcast around the world.
Susan Dickler has worked in the non-profit sector since graduating college in the late 1960s, primarily in the field of women’s and girls’ reproductive health and rights. She worked at the national office of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of NYC. She was also Executive Director of a pro-choice PAC in Washington, D. C. during the Reagan years.
Susan’s work in philanthropy reaches back to 1979, when she joined the staff of the Ms. Foundation for Women as Director of the Reproductive Rights and Health Program. By the end of her tenure at the Ms. Foundation, she was Grants Director, in charge of all program areas relating to the primary mission of the foundation – empowering women and girls. After her move to Boston in 1990, Susan stayed on with the Ms. Foundation for four years as a consultant..
After receiving an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government in 1995, Susan worked with her parents on establishing a foundation in their name. As Executive Director, she created and managed an annual grants program of up to 600,000 a year in three program areas and provided leadership on the board of directors. She has been active in the foundation community through working on committees and developing programs at foundation meetings.
Currently, Susan serves on the Boards of Directors of South Africa Partners, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (MA), Abortion Access Project, and Media Voices for Children; and is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of Greater Boston Funders for Women & Girls. She has a BA from Brandeis University, an MSW from Columbia University, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is married with four children and lives in Cambridge and W. Tisbury, MA.
Pharis Harvey, a retired United Methodist clergy, was a founder of the International Labor Rights Fund in 1986 and serves since 2001 as Senior Consultant to the organization, following eleven years as Executive Director. Prior to joining the Fund, Harvey spent twelve years as director of the North American Coalition for Human Rights in Korea, based in Washington, DC. This followed many years of work in Asia under the sponsorship of the United Methodist Church and various ecumenical bodies, to support the efforts of workers and community organizations to defend their human rights. His most recent post in Asia was as Consultant on Economic Justice to the Christian Conference in Asia, from 1975-79. Prior to that, he taught at several Japanese universities and served for six years as a staff member of the church’s General Board of Global Ministries, as executive secretary for Japan, and for University and Youth Ministries.
Harvey is the author of Trading Away the Future: Child Labor in India’s Export Industries (1994) and editor of several studies of labor and peoples movements in Asia, including People Toiling Under Pharaoh: MNCs in Asia (1976) and No Room in the Inn: Asia’s Minorities (1978). He has also published many articles in US, Japanese, and Korean journals. In October 1996, Harvey received the prestigious Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award for “Lifetime Achievement” in developing labor rights law and defending labor rights internationally. In 2001 he was awarded the Fourth Annual Human Rights Prize by the Korean Institute for Human Rights in Seoul.
Harvey has been a member of the Fair Labor Association Board of Directors since its founding, and was a participant from 1996 in the Apparel Industry Partnership, a multi-stakeholder negotiating group of non-governmental organizations, trade unions and companies that was initiated by President Clinton to form the FLA. He also serves as founder, past president and currently board member emeritus of the RUGMARK Foundation USA, part of an international initiative to prevent child labor in the carpet industry of south Asia and to provide schooling for affected child workers in India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Harvey is a graduate of Oklahoma City University (B A-’57) and Yale University (STB – ’63, STM – ’64).
Georgia Morris is a playwright, writer of network and cable television shows and a documentary film co-producer. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East. Her most recent work has been in human rights documentaries: as co-producer/writer of Rescuing Emmanuel, a documentary on children and extreme poverty, co-writer of Stolen Childhoods, a documentary feature on global child labor; as the writer of A Spiritual Journey, a film exploring seven religious traditions and as the writer and interviewer for We Are One, a documentary for The Temple of Understanding, a United Nations-based interfaith organization.
Georgia was the principal interviewer for The Theatre Communications Group’s Oral History of American Regional Theatre: Forty Years of Passion. She also directed the video featurette that was produced as part of this multiple-DVD project. Georgia wrote Schizophrenia: Out of the Madness for ABC News 20/20, Frontier Fisherman for the PBS series Faces of Japan, You Kill Me: Hollywood and Film Noir and Cary Grant: Man in the Mirror for American Movie Classics. Her feature documentary Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western, for Turner Network Television, won a CableAce for Best Cultural Documentary. Her two-hour special for AMC, The Republic Pictures Story, was nominated for the same award and her one-hour special, Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys, won a Cine Golden Eagle. Georgia’s original screenplay, Flashback, received an Independent Filmmaker Award from the American Film Institute.
As a playwright, her plays Courtney Chameleon and Too Many Sweets were staged at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York, The Vineyard Playhouse, Martha’s Vineyard and The Nantucket Playhouse. One Good Day was read at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater in New York City. For the past 11 years she has co-directed the 4th Grade Theater Project, a theater education program with the Vineyard Playhouse and the public schools in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and has written over 20 children’s plays for the program. She is currently working on a memoir of her experiences making the documentary, Rescuing Emmanuel.
Award-Winning Producer, Director, Director of Photography, & Still Photographer U. Roberto (Robin) Romano is one of the most respected investigative filmmakers in the world. A short list of his film credits includes:
• Producer, Director & Director of Photography – The Harvest: feature documentary, produced by Shine Global, on the life of migrant children and their families in America.
• Co-Director (with Miki Mistrati) and Director of Photography – Dark Side of Chocolate: feature documentary, produced Bastard Films – Denmark, on slavery in the West Africa cocoa trade.
• Director, Director of Photography and Still Photographer – Fields of Peril: report by Human Rights Watch.
• Director of Photography and Still Photographer – Freedom Awards: Special Broadcast, produced by Free the Slaves.
• Producer, Director & Director of Photography – Stolen Childhoods: feature documentary on child labor for Galen Films and Romano Productions.
Robin is also an award-winning photographer and photojournalist. He has traveled extensively documenting human rights issues for advocacy organizations around the world including Human Rights Watch, GoodWeave, Amnesty International, The International Labor Organization, Stop The Traffik, The Hunger Project, Free The Slaves, USAID and Antislavery International.
Robin Romano’s powerful photography has been published in Ore24, Ekstra Bladet, The Ford Foundation Quarterly, Stanford Review, Scholastic, The New York Times and other leading newspapers and magazines around the world. It has also been featured at the following galleries and shows:
• 2009-10 World Bank, DC, Faces of Freedom – One Man Show
• 2009 Inauguration Exhibit, Russell Rotunda, DC – One Man Show
• 2009 Miami International Airport – One Man Show
• 2006 Benton Museum, University of Connecticut – One Man Show
• 2005 Johnson Center, University of North Carolina – One Man Show
In addition to his film and photography, Robin is a human rights educator and advocate whose knowledge and expertise is highly valued by policy makers at home and abroad. His many TV appearances include Quest Means Business for the Freedom Project on CNN and the Trafficking special for CNBC. Robin has spoken before congress and on advisory boards around the US on labor and human rights issues. Recently he participated in multiple panels on Capitol Hill including a special Department of Labor panel with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Dolores Huerta, co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America. In September 2010, he appeared before Congress with The Harvest Executive Producer Eva Longoria and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard to promote The CARE Bill. He has also addressed international training sessions for the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and Interpol on slavery and commodity supply chains at sessions in Guatemala and Italy and presented at TEDx Fruitvale this year. He is the recipient of the 2011 NCLR Alma Award for Special Achievement in the Media and has been nominated for the Best Documentary of 2012 Award by Cinema for Peace at the Berlin International Film Festival
With over 20 years of event production, marketing and public relations experience, Nevette Previd has worked as senior management for some of the most exciting entertainment companies in New York and London including: IFC Films, Atom.com/Shockwave, Freud Communications-UK and Fox Searchlight Pictures. In 2005, Nevette launched Previd Consulting so she could fully commit herself to the projects that she felt most passionate about. Nevette is married and has a new baby named Lucas.
Katrina Delgadillo has a long history of volunteer work with kids in Kenya, Ecuador and the United States. In March 2010, she spent some time working at the Joseph Kangethe Center in Nairobi, tutoring street children preparing for entrance exams to go back to school. Katrina has a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University with a concentration in the Philosophy of Law and is completing a Masters in International Politics at Boston College. In her day job, Katrina coordinates the Sultans of Swing, performing live at weddings and events.