PEHT Staff​

Pittsburgh, PA Branch

The Management Team​

Mary C. Burke, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Burke is a Professor of Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is the Program Director for the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. Her scholarly interests include minority mental health in the context of oppressive systems, gender based violence, trauma and human trafficking. In 2004 she founded the Project to End Human Trafficking. In this role, Dr. Burke has given over one hundred and fifty talks and trainings about human trafficking both in the United States and abroad and has begun anti-trafficking coalitions in Pennsylvania and Virginia and consulted on the development of coalitions in other regions. In addition, she has spoken to various state and regional elected officials in Pennsylvania and Virginia regarding this issue and has worked on legislation in these states in support of strengthening human trafficking laws. Dr. Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and is working to advance knowledge about current best practices regarding work with survivors. 

 

Lynsie Clott​, MPIA

Director of Programs

Anne Rackow, MA

Director of Strategy & Operations

Lynsie Clott oversees and leads all aspects of PEHT’s programs, which include educational outreach and trainings, first response, services coordination, and special projects. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring all program activities, as well as, identifying funding opportunities to support and expand programs, and fostering partnerships to enhance program delivery. In addition to co-facilitating the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition with Anne Rackow and the FBI, Lynsie provides specialized trainings, consultations, and technical assistance to professional organizations and service agencies. Lynsie works as the Program Coordinator for Magee Womancare International and holds a Master's in Human Security Studies from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011, she interned with La Strada International in Macedonia where she designed prevention programs and provided direct services to child sex trafficked victims.

Anne Rackow directs and oversees the daily operations, strategic planning, fundraising, evaluations, and quality improvement processes at PEHT. She is responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring operational policies, practices, and strategies to enhance the effectiveness of PEHT’s services and expand its reach and overall impact. Anne also provides trainings, presentations, and technical assistance on human trafficking and specialized related topics and co-facilitates the Western PA Human Trafficking Coalition with Lynsie Clott and the local FBI. 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 and child welfare systems. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Carlow University and her Master’s in Program Planning and Evaluation from Duquesne University. Anne has been with PEHT since January 2009. 

The Legal Team​

Judy Hale Reed, MPA, JD

Staff Attorney & Special Projects Coordinator

Aaron Freudenthal, J.D.

Staff Attorney

Judy Hale Reed leads special projects and provides legal support and legislative advocacy for the Project to End Human Trafficking. She has worked to improve women’s and children’s lives for nearly two decades, with an emphasis for the past ten years on policy-level work to promote partnerships and cooperation in combating trafficking in persons. Judy is active with the Southwest Pennsylvania Anti-Trafficking Coalition and frequently gives lectures and presentations on human trafficking, gender equality, international human rights, and related topics. She also serves on the Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Committee of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness in the judiciary. Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies, a Master’s of Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in international and comparative law. She completed legal internships with the Women’s Law Project, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in the Civil Rights, Exploitation & Corruption Section, as well as a Civil Rights Clinic. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2014.

As a 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​

Maranie R. Staab

Special Projects Volunteer &

Photographer

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.

Maranie is a Pittsburgh based, social documentary and travel photographer and currently serves as the staff photographer with The Project to End Human Trafficking. Maranie is passionate about both photography and human rights and looks forward to raising awareness through images and words. Her anti-trafficking efforts began in 2009 while an undergraduate student at Coastal Carolina University; there she worked with the local coalition as an intern researching grant opportunities, lobbying legislators and doing outreach. After moving back to Pittsburgh in 2011, Maranie became involved with PEHT through the Western PA Trafficking Coalition as a volunteer. In 2014 she joined PEHT’s team as a special projects volunteer and as a photographer.  

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

Pastor Fred Muyimbwa serves as the chairman of the Project to End Human Trafficking Uganda branch, working with Nansumba Rebecca. He  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, 5 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.

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

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.