PEHT Staff​

Pittsburgh, PA Branch

The Management Team​

Mary C. Burke, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Mary Burke is a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Carlow University where she is the Director of Training for the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. During the summer months, Dr. Burke serves as affiliate faculty in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Burke's commitment to social justice and equity is manifest in her research, teaching, and activism. Currently she represents the Association for Women in Psychology on the United Nations Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Mental Health. In addition to her participation in various national and international professional associations, Dr. Burke collaboratively founded and directs the Project to End Human Trafficking. This United States based non-profit group works regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise awareness about the enslavement and economic exploitation of human beings.

 

Lynsie Clott​, MPIA

Program Manager

Anne Rackow, B.S.

Planning & Evaluation Manager

Anne Rackow manages and coordinates PEHT's strategic planning and quality improvement processes. Anne oversees data collection and evaluation of PEHT's activities. She is responsible for monitoring and designing evaluation methods as well as strategizing ways for PEHT to enhance the quality of its services. Anne also engages in community awareness activities and educational outreach by providing trainings and presentations on human trafficking. Anne currently works at the National Center for Juvenile Justice; therefore, she adds a unique perspective on domestic minor sex trafficking and the juvenile justice system. Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Carlow University and is currently completing her Master’s in Program Planning and Evaluation from Duquesne University. Anne has been with PEHT since January 2009.

Anne and Lynsie Clott co-facilitate the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition with the FBI.

 

As the Program Manager, Lynsie Clott, assists in the development, oversight, and coordination of all of PEHT's prevention and protection activities as well as special projects. She conducts community educational outreach and specialized trainings. Lynsie holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in Human Security Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies. Throughout her graduate studies, Lynsie has intensely studied human trafficking, transnational organized crime, human rights, and international development. In 2011, Lynsie interned with La Strada International, a European NGO network where she developed prevention programs and provided direct services to child survivors of human trafficking. In addition to her work with PEHT, She serves as the Program Coordinator for Magee Womancare International.

Lynsie and Anne Rackow co-facilitate the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition with the FBI.

The Legal Team​

Aaron Freudenthal, J.D.

Staff Attorney

Emma Founds, J.D.

Manager of Government Relations & Advocacy

As the Manager of Government Relations and Advocacy for PEHT, Emma conducts educational trainings and workshops to a variety of audiences including local government, legal professionals, universities, and the general public including discussions of human rights, legislative responses, and the legal implication of human trafficking. In her role, Emma advises legal professionals on special protocols and procedures to ensure victim protection throughout the legal process. Emma Founds received a J.D. from the University Pittsburgh School of Law, where she studied International Human Rights Law with a focus on women and children's rights, and became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in 2011. Prior to joining PEHT, Emma worked for the Allegheny County Family Court, and has interned with a number of public interest law organizations, including the Women's Law Project, Neighborhood Legal Services, and the ACLU.

As the Staff Attorney Aaron Freudenthal provides survivor-centered and trauma-informed direct legal services for trafficked adults and minors that are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals. Aaron  develops creative alternative legal strategies to assist trafficked persons. Additionally, he provides outreach and technical training to legal professionals including Continuing Legal Education. Aaron Freudenthal received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he focused on labor & employment law, civil rights, discrimination, and civil litigation. He was a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s National Mock Trial team in 2011-2013 and became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in 2013. Previous legal internships were with the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights and Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services.

The Supporting Staff​

Mina Chen

Social Media & Campus Outreach Intern Pitt Campus

Jennifer J. Redfield, B.A.

Special Projects Coordinator

Jennifer holds a B.A. from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jennifer’s dedication to local and global humanitarian efforts includes education, activism, research, mentoring, and volunteering. Her work to eradicate human trafficking/modern slavery began with in 2003 with personal research which led her to become part of the PEHT staff in 2006. Since that time, Jennifer's work with PEHT included the titles of Volunteer Coordinator and Associate Director. Currently, Jennifer's role with PEHT is as a Special Projects Coordinator. Her present focus is raising funds towards housing for HT survivors.

As the Social Media and Campus Outreach Intern for PEHT, Jiang-Ying Mina Chen, coordinates PEHT and the Coalition's social networking sites and manages our media accounts and output, including Facebook. Mina is an Urban Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh. Her passion for social justice is realized in her dedication and leadership in various human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International’s chapter at the University of Pittsburgh. Her commitment to the anti-trafficking movement and her on campus activism, is why Mina is successful in coordinating PEHT's outreach activities with local universities.

Diana Fletcher

Fundraising & Special Events Coorindator

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Kate Vandeveld

Marketing & Social Media Manager

Diana Fletcher volunteers her time in coordinating fundraising and other special events for PEHT. She became involved in the fight against human trafficking after learning about its prevalence, globally and locally. Diana hosted a fundraising event for PEHT and Polaris Project in 2013, "Close to Home," at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA to raise awareness and funds for victims and survivors. In addition to volunteering her time to PEHT, Diana Fletcher is a professional life coach, author, and inspirational speaker. Diana continues to use her writing and speaking to raise awareness and encourage others to get involved.

As a marketing consultant for non-profits and social enterprises, Kate brings her marketing expertise to the PEHT team, working to increase awareness of PEHT's mission and build on its development strategy. After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Political Science and French, Kate moved to Malawi to live and work at an orphanage run by Go! Malawi, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund, care for and enrich the lives of impoverished women and children in Malawi. Kate also spent her time in Malawi doing research to help her team get funding for new HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment programs in development. Kate also worked in the Terrorism/Counterterrorism division at Human Rights Watch, helping to develop digital awareness campaigns. Kate is passionate about human rights and is committed to using her skills to create positive change in our world. Kate has been with PEHT since February 2014.

Washington, D.C. Branch​

Giovanna Hernandez Williams B.S.

Director - Maryland, Washington D.C. 

Giovanna is currently working on a dual masters degree in Management with a focus on Health Care Administration and Business Administration at the University of Maryland. She earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an Associates degree in Forensic Science. She has a diverse portfolio of experience and managing projects in various communities, agencies, and national organizations in the areas of human rights, policy/public health awareness, consumer product safety, and research. Giovanna's work with PEHT began in 2008 as a volunteer. Her effort with PEHT includes planning, fundraising, educational outreach and lectures to raise awareness, and provision of internship/mentoring programs. Her commitment is to empower those who are in need and hurting. Her passion is to fight for human rights around the globe.

Mukono, Uganda Branch​

Nansumba Rebecca

Co-Director - Uganda

Pr. Fred Muyimbwa

Chairperson - Uganda

Nansumba Rebecca is a Co-director of the Project to End Human Trafficking Uganda brancht in the Mukono District. In this role Nansumba Rebecca leads a team of volunteers who are mainly residents of Mukono District.

Before joining PEHT in 2013, Nansumba Rebecca volunteered as a senior woman teacher in Daniel Primary School in academic year 2011-August 2012. In this role, her primary tasks included educating young girls and their parents on the importance of educating girls, how to avoid early pregnancies, marriages, and working with the Local Council 1 to fight for these young girls’ right to education.

 

Nansumba Rebecca is currently a student at Africa University in Zimbabwe in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences where she is working toward a Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology. To contact Nansumba Rebecca please email: rnansumba@endhumantrafficking.org

Pastor Fred Muyimbwa serves as the chairman of the Project to End Human Trafficking Uganda branch. He works with Nansumba Rebecca and is also the Pastor for Bread of Life church, a United Methodist Church in Mukono District. For the past 20 years, he has been planting churches, five of which are in Uganda.

 

Pr. Muyimbaw's has witnessed how how women and girls suffer in Uganda. They work tirelessly to provide food, education, shelter, and clothing to their family. Sadly, many women and girls are violated or abandoned by their husband and are responsible for rearing and providing for their children. During their struggle to sustain their families, women and girls are vulnerable to human trafficking recruiters who make false promises of emmployment opportunities.

 

He believes that PEHT- Uganda can assist women and girls through prevention awareness and victim protection services as well as address the root causes of trafficking in Uganda.

Robinah Namale

Department of Children Manager - Uganda

Brenda Naabawesi

Women's Department Manager - Uganda

Namale Robinah joined the PEHT- Uganda branch as the Department of Children Manager. Her passion and commitment to a bright future for all the children is evident and exhibited through her role as a teacher and devotion to numerous positions and activities. Robinah is the Director and Head teacher of Daniel  Primary School Jinja, Uganda. She also serves as a leader of the women’s group in Bread of Life, United Methodist church in Mukono.

Brenda Naabawesi is a mother of three and the Women's Departpment Manager of PEHT- Uganda. She is also the assistant of a local women’s group.

Past PEHT Staff​

Jaime Evanoski, MID

Assistant Director

Jaime holds a masters degree in International Development with a focus on human security which she earned at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.A in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a certification in Russian and Eastern European Studies and in Conflict Studies. Jaime’s work with PEHT began as an internship in the fall of 2007. Her work included planning, fundraising, educational outreach, and lectures. Jaime is also part of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. She is dedicated to fighting for human rights and social justice around the world.