The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) is a non-profit organization that was 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 they consulted with similar groups, such as Free the Slaves, to determine the best way to move forward with their work. Today, PEHT engages in anti-trafficking coalition building, educational outreach, direct service to victims, and collaboration with other national and international organizations in the global fight against human trafficking.
Carlow University's Mary Burke, PhD, is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology and co-founder of the organization. In addition to her participation in various national and international professional associations, Dr. Burke directs the PEHT.
The mission of the Project to End Human Trafficking 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:
- 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.