Our team

Mist promotes participative social action.

Mist supports victims of human trafficking and pimping who wish to take part in the fight against these phenomena, on a voluntary or salaried basis, within the framework of expertise activities (feedback, diagnosis, recommendations) or assistance to other victims (awareness-raising, information, access to rights, group discussions).

Members are supported and trained by a multi-disciplinary team, as part of an individualized training program.

The association’s rules stipulate that at least half the members of Mist’s Executive Board must be peer members who have been victims of human trafficking.

The other members of the Administrative Board are currently:

Sarah THEVENON, General Secretary. Head of department in Centre for asylum seekers for ten years, she has seen a growing number of Nigerian women victims of trafficking, some of them minors, lured into applying for asylum by their traffickers, shuffled between different departments and administrations without being protected or even detected by the system. She has played a major role in developing training and networking between partners, in order to get over the many difficulties and to enable many Nigerian women to be sheltered and protected by asylum. She supports actions aiming at overcoming the challenges still at stake in terms of identification, access to asylum and protection for all trafficked persons, adults and minors alike, regardless of gender.

Clément SIBONY, Treasurer. As a filmmaker and theatre director, he has set up several projects with Nigerian women in Paris, gradually developing a collective desire to get involved in community life and fight against trafficking. In 2023, he conducted a theatre and documentary project with them, aiming at highlighting the challenges of freeing individual and collective voices of trafficked women. He supports the emergence and implementation of all artistic and socio-cultural projects within the association.

Marine THISSE, Administrator. She is a lawyer at the Val de Marne Bar, and has been advising trafficked women for over fifteen years. In asylum applications, criminal proceedings and administrative disputes, she supports victims in gaining access to their rights while enforcing the French and international regulations that protect them. She is working to develop a body of jurisprudence that considers their situation and helps them obtain the refugee status.


Elodie APARD, Administrator. Historian by training, she is a permanent researcher at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), attached to URMIS, (Migration and Society Research Unit, Université Paris Cité). For eight years, she worked at IFRA-Nigeria (Institut Français de Recherche au Nigeria), where she coordinated several collective research programs on human trafficking. Within MIST, she is in charge of developing exchanges between members of the association and African researchers – particularly Nigerian – in order to promote new forms of knowledge transmission.



Direction. Vanessa Simoni

Development: Aurélie Jeannerod

Administration and finance: Caroline Martin

Community organizer: Flora Enifo

Community life manager: Juliet Omoruyi

Project manager: Sarah Nweke

Referent for justice: Maud Pommier

Clinical psychologist, professional practices supervision: Caroline Legrez

Webmaster & Photography: Tadzio