Cristina Scarpellini is the Founder and Executive Director of Angels of Hope Against Human Trafficking (AOH). Prior to establishing Angels of Hope in 2015 Cristina was in active addiction for many years using drugs as a substitute for mental health treatment. While in active addiction, Cristina saw first-hand the devastation and connection between addictions, mental health and sex trafficking. With the support of her family, friends and professionals, Cristina surrendered to her addiction to opioids and received the proper treatment to live a life of abstinence. After years of sobriety, she felt compelled to recreate the support system she had for survivors of human trafficking.
Today, Cristina is the Executive Director of AOH, an advocate for eliminating gender-based violence, a key note speaker, trainer, peer mentor, front line worker and a registered Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor. She is trained in suicide intervention and prevention, mental health first aid, ADAT assessment, tobacco cessation, gambling addiction, concurrent disorder, twelve core components of mental health and addiction, and sensitivity training pertaining to sex trafficking, and has extensive training in human trafficking and sex work.
Cristina was the winner of the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Award, 2017 BPW Woman of the Month Award, and has been featured in the Sudbury Star, CTV News, She & Her Spotlight and CBC.
Cristina directed and hosted the only human trafficking documentary in Sudbury (The Reality of Human Trafficking in Sudbury) and worked alongside a professional photographer on a special project to capture photographs that depict human trafficking. The photographs have been used in awareness campaigns and digital billboards. She has also hosted annual fundraising and awareness human trafficking galas.