Joy Tanimura Winquist, was born and raised in Honolulu. It was during a college summer internship program in Los Angeles, CA back in 2003 that Joy first encountered Sex Trafficking, while working in a shelter with homeless women. Ms. Tanimura Winquist has spent much of her professional life working within and alongside the child welfare system with individuals experiencing complex trauma, severe abuse and neglect, and trafficking victims, as a case manager, trainer, therapist, and supervisor. She now serves as the Director of Programs, joining Ho`ola Na Pua in April of 2020, providing oversight, clinical supervision, and program development for intervention and prevention services. Ms. Tanimura Winquist received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicagoʻs School of Social Service Administration. Following graduate school, she worked for five years in Chicago providing services to victims of family violence with Family Shelter Service, and as a Residential Therapist and the Assistant Director at Lydia Home a Residential Foster Care Facility. Returning home to Hawaii in late 2016, she served as a Clinical Therapist and the Program Manager of the Family Advocacy Program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii providing advocacy, prevention education, and counseling to military families experience family violence. When she is not working she’s enjoys hiking and hitting the beach with her husband, their three daughters, and black lab mix.
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