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Chief Executive Officer & Founder

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, domestic violence, foster care, religious freedom and education, she has crafted legislation, policies, and appropriations requests to serve and protect the most vulnerable. Dedicating her personal and professional life to human rights causes, Anne has helped people throughout the world safely leave difficult situations, navigate the legal system, and secure safe housing and restorative care.

Anne is the convener of the bi-annual ATIP (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) Policy Leader Roundtable in the U.S. Senate which brings together the leading anti-trafficking organizations and Members of Congress for discussions on advocacy and policy solutions to human trafficking. She has also testified before both the Senate Judiciary and House Judiciary Committees about human trafficking as well as at the United Nations.

She is also Founder and Chair of the Interparliamentary Taskforce on Human Trafficking where she leads a coalition of Members of Parliament and Congress, government leaders, lived experience experts and policy experts from throughout the world in policy solutions to effectively combat human trafficking globally. Within this capacity, she spearheaded the inaugural Global Leader Summit on Human Trafficking in London, England which brought together lawmakers and leaders from more than 60 nations to share solutions on how to increase victim identification of survivors of human trafficking.

Previously, Anne was the Senior Advisor for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) which provides over $2 billion in federal funding directed to nonprofit organizations and other projects serving victims of human trafficking, terrorism, sexual assault, and child welfare.

Anne earned her Masters in Education from University of Virginia and began her career working in the United States Senate. Her op-eds have been featured in various publications, and she has been a guest on numerous media outlets. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Rights Advocacy from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Parliamentary Intelligence Security Forum.

Speaking at the Hungarian Parliament about the intersection between human trafficking and terrorism
Advocating at the United Nations
Testifying in Senate Judiciary Hearing
United States Senate - Interparliamentary Taskforce on Human Trafficking
Department of Justice roundtable in Texas re: domestic violence
U.S. Senate advocacy re: human rights violations in Africa
Meeting with Governor Bill Lee in Tennessee
Human rights advocacy with former Sudanese prisoner-of-conscience Mariam Ibraheem
Department of Justice roundtable about domestic violence in Pennsylvania
White House advocacy re: Yazidi orphans
Speaking at the Guatemalan Congress about human trafficking and transnational crime
Capitol Hill advocacy with Rebecca Sharibu and LEAH Foundation re: anti-trafficking and terrorism in Nigeria
President of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) Silvia Giacoppo
UN General Assembly advocacy on behalf of religious freedom
Visit to Univet mobile trafficking education program in Guatemala with Guatemalan Secretary of Trafficking Sandy Recinos and Mexican Congresswoman Rosi Orozco
National Archives Washington, D.C. Parliamentary Intelligence Security Forum: MP Etilda Gjonaj (Albania), MP Karen Bradley (United Kingdom), MP Rachael Thomas (Canada)
Ceremony for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Rights Advocacy
Keynote speaker at the C20 Summit on Gender Equality & Disability in India
ATIP (Anti-Trafficking in Persons) Policy Leader Roundtable in the U.S. Senate
Testifying in the House Judiciary Committee on Child Exploitation
Bi-annual Anti-Trafficking (ATIP) Policy Leader Roundtable in the U.S. Senate
Speaking at the Hungarian Parliament about the intersection between human trafficking and terrorism
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