As a natural leader, Jill OBarske has proudly served on the Center for Victim and Human Rights board since 2012. She has over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and management after graduating from Purdue University, and she currently works for vRide. Her decision to join the Center for Victim and Human Rights was a personal one – having witnessed domestic violence affect family and friends, and seeing the ripple effect of the social, mental and physical harm done. Becoming a part of something greater and championing the cause of this organization has forever changed her life in an amazing way. Jill lives in Brownsburg with her husband Mike, daughter Leia, and dog Sakai.
Sean grew up in Hancock County just east of Indianapolis. He attended college at IUPUI and has lived all his adult life on the Northside. Sean started his career in the restaurant business as a bartender and quickly became a buyer of beverage and food components. He worked for 17 years as a beverage director, chef, GM, R&D Chef, and owner/proprietor before going over to the wholesale beverage business. He currently is a Premium Whiskey Specialist with the Republic National Distributing Company. Sean enjoys a well-made boozy cocktail with neighborhood friends, or relaxing home time with his wife and two children. He hopes to contribute his skills in sales and relationship building to the CVHR for fundraising and event promotions.
A former client of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, Manoj Rana personally understands the incredible impact that the organization has on the health, safety, and stability the individuals it serves. After surviving an arson attack that burned 95% of his body, the Center for Victim and Human Rights provided Manoj with pro bono services for the next five years, helping him to successfully file for his U-Visa, his annual work authorizations, and eventually his green card, allowing him to receive the intensive medical care he so desperately needed to survive. Today, Manoj is proud to say that he not only survived, but that thanks to the support of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, he has thrived. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University Calumet and his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Manoj served as a Project Manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Indiana University Health before becoming the Senior Associate in Financial and Capital Planning group at Hall & Associates, LLC.
Promoting justice for victims and crime and human rights abuses has always been a passion of Melissa Arvin’s. After graduating from Butler University and the University Of Illinois College Of Law, Melissa put her passion to work by serving as the sole prosecutor Champaign County of Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit for the next three years. When she returned to Indianapolis in 2003, she served on the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit before joining the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, where she continues to work today as part of the Special Victims’ Team. Melissa has conducted more than eighty (80) jury trials to date, including cases involving domestic violence, stalking, serial rape, child molestation, and homicide cases and is proud to lend her expertise to the Center for Victim and Human Rights as a member of the board.
Born in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, Seni immigrated to the United States in April of 1998. Seni has achieved success in both her personal and business life and attributes much of this success to the assistance she was given by Center for Victim and Human Rights. The legal assistance the CVHR provided undeniably made life in Indianapolis, Indiana easier for Seni and her children. Seni has held several positions in the Indianapolis community including a position with Radio Latina and owning several of her own businesses. She started her business ventures by opening and managing a western clothing store from 2001 to 2009. In 2014, she decided to follow her passion for food by opening a Mexican restaurant called Paco’s Taqueria. The restaurant became very successful, so in October of 2015, she decided to pursue opening a second restaurant. As of March 2016 she had successfully opened La Metzicana. In addition to running her businesses, she continues to be involved in giving back to her community and is the proud mother of two boys and one girl.
Growing up in Cyprus, a politically and physically divided country, Marios always knew he wanted to fight for justice and equality. Pursuing his dream, he moved in the United States in 2006 where he attended Indiana University, Bloomington and graduated with a BA in 2010. In 2013 he graduated Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was immediately hired at the Marion County Prosecutor’s office where he seeks justice for victims of violent crimes, specifically, sexual crimes and child abuse. As an immigrant and a strong advocate of justice and equality, Marios has dedicated his career to fighting for justice and becoming a part of the board of directors for Center for Victim and Human Rights is one of the proudest achievements in his life.
Mary Hutchison has always wanted to work in fighting for human rights. Upon her graduation from Anderson University, she joined the Peace Corps, serving for two years as a volunteer in Romania. After finishing her time with the Peace Corps, Mary graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and, in 2004, began working at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. For the next ten years, Mary led all human trafficking investigations and prosecutions; in January 2011, she successfully secured the first conviction for human trafficking in the state of Indiana. During her tenure at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, she was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, allowing her to work on human trafficking investigations at a federal level. Considered an expert on the issue of human trafficking, Mary has conducted trainings for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. She serves on the Department of Justice Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and has testified in front of Indiana Senate and House committees to support strengthening Indiana’s human trafficking laws. Mary became a supervisor in the Special Victims Unit of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before leaving for her current position in the Office of the Madison County Prosecutor, where she continues her work fighting for victims.
The Center for Victim and Human Rights (CVHR) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2008 with the specific purpose of providing comprehensive legal representation to victims of crime and human rights abuses, who often lack the safety and resources necessary to access available legal remedies.