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Chief Executive Officer & Human Rights Advocate

Anne Basham

Anne Basham has worked in both the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government as well as the private sector. Focused primarily on human rights issues such as human trafficking, religious freedom, domestic violence, child welfare, and education, Anne has crafted legislation, policies, and appropriations requests to serve and protect the most vulnerable. Dedicating her personal and professional life to stopping human trafficking, violence against women, and child abuse, Anne has also helped survivors safely leave dangerous situations, navigate the legal system, and secure safe housing and restorative care.

During her service in senior leadership at the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), she developed strategies for over $2 billion in federal funding and other projects directed to nonprofit organizations serving victims of human trafficking, terrorism, sexual assault, and child welfare. She also helped allocate over $100 million in federal funding for victims of human trafficking in the United States, the largest amount ever directed to this cause. While in this role she traveled throughout the United States meeting with senior government officials and NGO leaders about solutions to human trafficking and other human rights issues. Additionally, she frequently advised on Congressional legislation and federal policies impacting victims of crime.

Anne began her career working in the United States Senate more than twenty years ago. Most recently, her work has been focused on developing bipartisan human rights policies for organizations by working with members of the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch and state governments. Her op-eds have been featured in publications such as The Hill and the Washington Times, and she has been a guest on various media outlets.

As the Chair of the Task  Force on Human Trafficking for the Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, she leads a coalition of government leaders, survivor leaders and policy experts from around the world in discussions about effectively combatting human trafficking globally. Additionally, Anne has a Master of Education from the University of Virginia and is the former CEO of an international anti-trafficking NGO. Because of this she brings a unique understanding of non-governmental organization strategy, development and growth. Under her leadership, nearly every facet of the organization grew exponentially in a short amount of time. She is passionate about empowering organizations that make the world a better place.

Speaking at the Hungarian Parliament about human trafficking
U.S. Senate advocacy re: human trafficking and religious persecution
White House / Department of Justice discussion on human trafficking
Houston Astros Stadium roundtable discussion re: domestic violence with the Department of Justice
Meeting with Governor Bill Lee in Tennessee re: human trafficking
Human rights advocacy with survivor leader Mariam Ibraheem
Department of Justice roundtable about domestic violence with Pennsylvania law enforcement and federal prosecutors
White House advocacy re: human trafficking
US National Archives Washington, DC speaking about human trafficking
Speaking at the Guatemalan Congress about human trafficking and transnational crime
Capitol Hill advocacy with Rebecca Sharibu and the LEAH Foundation
President Giammattei at the Presidential Palace in Guatemala
President of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) Silvia Giacoppo
UN General Assembly
Visit to Univet mobile trafficking education program in Guatemala with Guatemalan Secretary of Trafficking Sandy Recinos and Mexican Congresswoman Rosi Orozco
Speaking at the Hungarian Parliament about human trafficking
Jenn McEwen