The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 as part of the anti-slavery movement. The initial goal of the founders was not to begin an organization, but simply to offer educational lectures about human trafficking. They quickly found that the need for information about slavery was great and subsequently consulted with similar groups, such as Free the Slaves, to determine the best way to move forward with their work. Co-founder and director is Carlow faculty member Mary Burke, PhD.

Mission Statement

The mission of PHET is to work toward the elimination of trafficking in persons, especially women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Activities through which the mission is actualized include:

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  • Educating the general public, both in the United States and abroad, on the regional, national and international scope of trafficking, forced labor and in particular sexual exploitation
  • Conducting research pertaining specifically to the trafficking of women and children including documenting specific cases, contributing causes, regional public policy and the psychosocial implications of trafficking
  • Advocating for the provision of mental health services and other psychosocial reintegration support for victims of trafficking
  • Collaborating with organizations working to eradicate human trafficking, including non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies and grassroots advocacy groups
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