Changing Cases is an international organization dedicated to the eradication of homelessness and sexual exploitation through educating and empowering the general public on human trafficking, creating safeguarding tools for children, researching legal issues, and assisting in investigations and rescue planning.
Projects are based primarily in the Philippines and India, but many of the educational initiatives are focused in New York, Washington DC, Trinidad, Tobago and London, England.
Juanita M. Headley is an international speaker; licensed New York attorney; and the Founder and CEO of Changing Cases.
She was raised in London, England, by her Jamaican born mother, where she attended school until the age of 17 when she relocated to Switzerland for two years to become a chef. After completing an internship at the United Nations in Geneva, and graduating from the Institute Hotelier Cesar Ritz with an International Hospitality Management Diploma she returned to England where she eventually pursued a degree in law.
Since 2012 Miss Headley has been spending periods of 6 months volunteering unpaid in the United States serving in the indigent community in matters of crime, immigration, family, employment, and housing law. She also volunteered with ECPAT-USA on an anti child pornography project; assisted at the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation’s 2016 Coalition to end Sexual Exploitation Summit; and as a Trained Volunteer Ambassador at Shared Hope International’s 2016 Just Conference.
In her current capacity Miss Headley gives human trafficking talks to audiences of up to 800+ which have included the army; police officers; students; social workers; teachers; parents; Cebu’s Mayor; and Filipino Barangay officials.
She has been featured in Trinidadian newspapers, The Guardian; The Mirror; and Newsday; and made numerous media appearances on NY and Trinidadian radio programs including Talkcity 91.1FM; The Street 91.9FM; Issac 98.1FM; Sky 99.5FM; Word 107.1FM; Radio Jaagriti 102.7FM; SMASH Radio.
Miss Headley has also been a guest speaker on Trinidadian television networks TV6; CNC3; ACTN The Voice; Channel 5; Tobago Inspirational Network; Hindu stations IETV; and TV Jaagriti; CTV; Catholic station, Trinity Communications Network; and has an education and empowerment video series on YouTube.
Miss Headley has also used Facebook to create gender specific anti trafficking groups and an education and empowerment group. The latter of which was designed to inspire the exploited men and women in the Red Light District that an ordinary life such as theirs can accomplish great things. It therefore acts as a platform for skills training, job postings, conversations and video diaries.
Aside from Miss Headley’s work in the Red Light District, she is also working on a number of other projects; including hosting multiple global screenings of SOLD; continues to serve the indigent community throughout Asia; and is eagerly awaiting gainful employment that will enable her to realize her dream of building an orphanage/shelter for human trafficking survivors in the Philippines.