Rhonelle Bruder

Speaker & Human Rights Advocate



Rhonelle Bruder is an international speaker, human rights advocate, founder and Executive Director of Project iRISE, a non-profit organization committed to educating and empowering at-risk youth and survivors of human trafficking. 

Rhonelle holds a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Victoria and an Honours Bachelor of Science from New York City College of Technology. With over ten years of experience working in business analysis, research, project management, and community outreach in both the healthcare and social service sector.

As an educator, Rhonelle Bruder has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements for community organizations anti-trafficking agencies. Rhonelle has appeared on many national and local media sources, including but not limited to Flare Magazine, CBC, CP24, The Toronto Star, and Global News, Caribbean Camera, and the Toronto Sun. 





Rhonelle provides consultancy to corporations, NGO's, government agencies, non-profits, and advisory committees. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of culturally relevant, evidence-based and trauma-informed services for women, youth and those from diverse and racialized backgrounds.



Rhonelle has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements at high schools, universities, faith groups, conferences, professional groups and events, to educate and bring awareness in the fight against human trafficking.



Rhonelle sits on multiple boards, advisory committees, and works alongside local and federal leadership to help inform policy and legislation on human trafficking.


Rhonelle is an engaging and passionate speaker, who shared her personal narrative of resilience in the face of tremendous adversity. The audience was moved by her story, inspired by her strength, and empowered with practical ways to help victims and survivors of sex trafficking.

Corry Azzopardi, Ph.D,
The Hospital for Sick Children

 Real Talk with Rhonelle

Rhonelle hosts a conversation style podcast, with each episode, she explores hard-hitting social issues and inspirational stories with leading change-makers.



The Kids Are Not Okay: COVID-19 has Increased Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Concerns

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Opinion: We Should Use the Right Word for R. Kelly's Alleged Actions, and That's Trafficking

Op-ed: I Knew Cyntoia Brown



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