Who We Are


Natsuko Utsumi a native of Kobe, Japan, is a Japanese journalist who has based in New York for twenty years. She has covered such subjects as the AIDS epidemic in Thailand, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone, the deforestation of the Central American rainforest, as well as gender issues and such as domestic violence, teenage motherhood, and female genital mutilation. Ms. Utsumi’s work as a photojournalist has been published in Time, Newsweek,  Esquire (Japan), New York Magazine, Paris Match, Cosmopolitan magazines.

Ms. Utsumi’s book, Document Female Genital Mutilation (Tokyo, Shueisha Publishing, 2003), reflects her research in six African countries over three years, where she discovered extensive evidence of this harmful traditions. In her worldwide travels, Ms. Utsumi witnessed a myriad of situations in which people suffer from injustices or unhealthy lives due to their lack of access to necessary information on these issues. Moreover, she worked as a communications consultant with the World Bank. These experiences gave her the impetus to create Cause Vision.

Ms. Utsumi received her Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Nathaniel Wice

Vice President of Cause Vision. Mr. Wice’s professional endeavors include his having been an author, and an editor at Time Magazine. He has been an Entrepreneur as the Founder and  President of Apptitude Systems. Mr. Wice holds a BA from Harvard University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at  the University of Pennsylvania. For more information on Apptitude Systems, please visit http://www.apptitudesystems.com.

Nicole Barrett

Nicole Barrett is Director of the Joint International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at Osgoode Hall and University of British Columbia Law Schools. She was previously aTrial Lawyer and a Legal Officer for the International Criminal Tribunal for the formerYugoslavia in The Hague and a Senior Scholar in Residence at New York University LawSchool’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, where she directed legal projectswith international criminal courts and tribunals.National Task Force on the Trafficking ofWomen and Girls in Canada convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.


Paul Weissman

President of Centenium Advisors, Mr. Weissmann also worked as a Peace Core and studied in Singapore/Indonesia (1973), Japan (1974 – 1976), Hong Kong (1979 – 1980), and Thailand and the Philippines (1980 – 1982). B.A. in anthropology from Vassar College and Masters Degrees in public health and urban planning from Columbia University.

 Deborah Quigley: Asia and global Outreach Consultant,
Deborah is child protection advocate and human trafficking awareness trainer, particularly in the area of airline, airport and tourism industry. Deborah is a former active member of  Airline Ambassador, specializing education on human trafficking.


Gregorio Aranda Project: Consulstant for Latin America and Europe

Project Assessment Advisor, Madrid Spain.

He has a Master degree in International Relations and Communication, Political Science from Complutense in Madrid.  Gregorio has worked for International organizations including UNICEF and UNHCR in Africa, Arab and Latin American countries









Michiyo Akaishi:

Award-winning Michiyo Akaishi is one of the most prominent Japanese comic artists in Japan. She has 35 years of experience as a comic artist, and currently runs three regular serial comics for magazines for girls. Michiyo has published nearly 200 comics books, and some of them have been translated into foreign languages including Thai. Ms Akaishi created our 5th comic book “Waiting for Sunrise” for Thailand.  To learn more about Michiyo’s work, please visit http://www.akaishi-michiyo.com.






Tiffany L. Pascal:Comic Artist “Phea’s Dream” for Cambodia

Tiffany L. Pascal earned her BFA at the University of Tennesee-Chattanooga and her MFA at the University of North Dakota. Currently, she is a full-time faculty of creative media at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad and a sequential artist. She has shown her work nationally in a variety of exhibitions including Foundry Art Centre’s Ka-Pow! Comic Art and Storyboarding, the Soap Factory’s 8th Annual Ten Second Film Festival, and The Seattle Erotic Art Festival, as well as solo shows in the ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, A SPACE Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico, and The Blue Door Gallery in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Her newest graphic novel, Famous in Fifteen Minutes, is scheduled for release through Comixologyhttp://tiffany-pascal.com



Risa Nikaido: Artist, Graphic designer, Comic artist, Tokyo, Japan

Risa received BFA from Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She worked as an artist and editor for various art projects. Risa created “Hoa and Lan” our educational comic book for prevention of human trafficking in Vietnam.


Yusaku Emoto: Comic artist, Himeji city, Japan

Yusaku is the comic book artist in Japan,  who designed our anti-human-trafficking comic book “Evelina” for Mexico and “Chameli Goes to School” for Nepal.


Duran Rivera: Editor
Illustrator, Writer, and Entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.  Duran worked as an editorial staff for “Impian Dewi” comic book for prevention of Human Trafficking in Indonesia. Duran received B.F.A in  illustration from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

    Maria Flores:

Cause Vision’s Representative and Coordinator in Mexico. Spanish translator.PR Mexican human trafficking project Maria Flores is a Mexican Journalist/Translator, based in Mexico City, who has been involved in Mexican and Latino causes.  Maria translated our comic book and a Video from English to Spanish.  Maria is responsible for logistics and coordination of distribution of Evelina to high schools in Mexico. She will be also working with Uno a Uno project that will distribute 40,000 Evelina to 90 high schools in Mexico City.

Dan Thanh DeVivo: Regional Coordinator for Vietnam, New York, NY

Dan-Thanh was born in Vietnam, and in 1975 she and her family emigrated to the United States. Dan-Thanh has been involved with the Vietnamese communities and charity work for many years in New York City. She currently divides her time between New York and Saigon. She helps us as a coordinator for our “Stop Human Trafficking in Vietnam” project in New York and Vietnam.

Daniel Abse:  Editor  http://danielabse.com

New York-based actor and voice over artist. Daniel was trained under George DiCenzo and Steve Friedman, and has additional training in acting and directing from the Yale Drama School. He also teaches acting and directing.


Olenka Polak: 2012 Summer Intern.

Harvard University Sophomore, MA. Olenka played the presenter of our Kickstarter video as well as its video editor and producer.  Olenka also wrote various proposals for our fundraising.


Anthony Venezia:  Operation Consultant, NYC

Anthony has been an active contributing operation consultant with production of media material as well as with our field operation.  Anthony worked as a Program Director for the DREAM Project, an NGO based in the Dominican Republic.  He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and currently works for the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.  He is a dual Master’s degree candidate at the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and the Getulio Vargas Foundation, in Brazil.


Patrick DeVivo: Web Master

Patrick is a designer and master of our website.  He is a student at Bard High School Early College in New York.

Lisa Monique Hammale: CPA: Accounting adviser.

Lisa does accounting for Cause Vision.  Lisa is also the founder of the NGO “NH Spinal Cord Injury Association”, and currently is Deputy Director of Economic Initiatives at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.


Roger Grange: Video Production Advisor. New York

Roger is a Cinematographer/Videographer with nearly 30 years of experience.




Emi Sato Digital Media Communication and Branding Advisor, Tokyo Japan

Emi is a  digital media professional with over 10 years of management experience, particularly in the areas of corporate branding and digital media marketing strategy. She is a 2014 MBA candidate with focus on innovation.


Eva Tsoureka:  Videographer/Video Editor NYC

Eva Edited our “Trafico Humano” video. She was a TV reporter for many years in Greece.


Hiroe Bailey: Press Relations. NYC
Founder of NY based Japanese Entartainent Website NY1page.com
 Hiroe has wide network of creative Japanese in New York.  She has been writing for prominent Japanese media as well as on her blog site  in Japanese language (http://ameblo.jp/aluchu ) regularly.
Maria Gomez-Murphy: 
Maria was one of the founding members of Cause Vision in 2010, supporting incorporation and obtaining 501(c)3 legal work, as well as scripting our By-Laws.
Maria received MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, as well as AB from Stamford University.


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