It takes tremendous vision to recognize where a movement is, where it can go, and how it can get there.
The founders of the Global Freedom Center hold unique, unparalleled and varied experience. Each has assisted hundreds of victims and carries their stories of hope that no one else will have to endure the same suffering. They translated their service to victims into legislative and administrative advocacy, and to international and domestic policy within the U.S. Government.
Kelly Heinrich, J.D., President, Global Freedom Center
For a dozen years, Kelly Heinrich has played an integral role both inside and outside of government in local, state, national, and international efforts to combat human trafficking.
Most recently, she served as Senior Counsel to the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, where she advised on issues of immigration, law enforcement, gender, development, workers’ rights, rule of law, and social services. She oversaw government interagency coordination efforts and frequently presented U.S. anti-trafficking efforts before foreign delegations. She also worked on the issue through the Clinton-era President’s Interagency Task Force on Women, at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and at a U.S. based nonprofit, where she assisted more than 200 trafficked persons.
Ms. Heinrich has extensive knowledge of providing legal and social services to traumatized persons within marginalized communities. She has worked with battered immigrant women and sexual violence victims, and directed a national project on sexual violence against farmworkers for California Rural Legal Assistance. As President of Humanatis, LLC, Ms. Heinrich was sought out to draft and advise on state anti-trafficking legislation; develop anti-trafficking training for law enforcement, attorneys and service providers; assess government policies and implementation efforts; and provide technical assistance to law enforcement and non-governmental organizations. She has also authored numerous policy and research reports that provide recommendations on combating human trafficking in addition to a series of guidebooks for service providers, law enforcement, coalitions, and local government officials. Ms. Heinrich received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC where she focused on international human rights law and her B.A. in International Studies from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
Phone: (202) 695-3156 | Email: kheinrich@GlobalFreedomCenter.org
Kavitha Sreeharsha, J.D., Executive Director, Global Freedom Center
For over a decade, Kavitha Sreeharsha has been a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. Her multifaceted experience includes legal services, technical assistance, federal and state public policy advocacy, and civil rights enforcement and litigation.
At Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, she consulted with and represented over 100 labor and sex trafficked persons. She coordinated NGO services with federal agencies conducting trafficking raids. She also litigated family law and immigration cases, representing primarily immigrant domestic violence survivors, and developed an accompanying pro bono project. Kavitha worked at Legal Momentum where she spearheaded efforts to expand protections for trafficked persons by successfully drafting and advocating for language that was included in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008. She worked with federal agencies to implement laws including advocacy to publish the delayed U-visa regulations. Her technical assistance included developing a groundbreaking leadership and skills building initiative for law enforcement working with immigrant crime victims. Most recently, Kavitha worked in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, focusing on national origin discrimination by criminal justice agencies.
As an anti-trafficking expert, Kavitha speaks and trains nationally and internationally. She has testified and briefed Congress. Kavitha has written extensively on immigrant women, immigration, and human trafficking and has published in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Kavitha has served on the Board of Directors of Narika, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Tanya Nieman Award and the Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California.
Phone: (415) 967-1896 | Email: ksreeharsha@GlobalFreedomCenter.org
Board of Directors
Kimberly Ball, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Kimberly Ball’s practice focuses on representing individuals and corporations in complex civil litigation matters and white collar defense at both the federal and state levels. Ms. Ball has also represented clients in arbitration proceedings.
Ms. Ball’s practice includes assisting clients with federal regulatory compliance, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bank Secrecy Act. Ms. Ball has also assisted clients with legal issues surrounding extradition proceedings. Ms. Ball has defended clients against a variety of claims, including discrimination, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark and copyright infringement and unfair competition. Ms. Ball also assisted in negotiating a settlement involving the District of Columbia Lottery.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Ms. Ball was a law clerk for the Honorable Anita Josey-Herring of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Ms. Ball received her B.A. in political science from Bowling Green State University in 1997. She received her J.D. cum laude in 2004 from American University’s Washington College of Law, where, as part of the law school’s domestic violence clinic, she represented victims of domestic violence in civil cases and prosecuted misdemeanor cases under the supervision of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars.
Ms. Ball is also an advisory board member for Back On My Feet’s District of Columbia chapter.
Neal Flieger, Chairman, StrategyOne
Neal Flieger has an extensive background in designing and implementing successful strategies in the corporate, political and public policy arenas.
With more than 15 years of public affairs experience in Washington, DC, Neal serves as a strategic counselor for Edelman, as well as a member of the steering committee for Edelman’s strategic + creative guild. Neal provides expertise on corporate reputation, communications, stakeholder relationships and measurement to leading global brands including Walmart, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Visa, GE, Yum Brands and Starbucks.
In addition, Neal manages new initiatives in the Washington DC office, including an ongoing relationship with a comedy club that joins employees for sessions to develop new ideas, and running the on-site innovation and creativity lab for staff to use for brainstorms.
Neal also serves as Chairman of StrategyOne, Edelman’s full-service research firm.
Neal has developed proactive and supportive programs in antitrust cases, asbestos liability, patent and trademark, international trade, consumer protection and terrorist attacks. He has worked closely with litigators at some of the country’s most prestigious law firms, including Clifford Chance, Hogan & Hartson, Williams Connolly, Kilpatrick Stockton, and Sullivan & Cromwell. He was deposed as an expert witness in the case of Calvin Klein v. Linda Wachner.
Prior to joining Edelman, Neal served with the Clinton administration as deputy administrator of USDA’s Food and Consumer Service, one of the government’s largest agencies responsible for administering federal food and nutrition programs. Neal was also the director of communications of the House Select Committee on Hunger between 1989 and 1992, where he directed media and constituency group relations, planned hearings, national and international travel, and site visits to maximize media exposure on committee issues and initiatives.
He has worked in various capacities in several Democratic presidential campaigns; staged high-profile events that won national media exposure for key campaign themes as a press advance aide to both the Clinton and Dukakis campaigns; and, was deputy press secretary and trip director with the Tsongas for President campaign in 1992. As director of radio and television services for the Democratic National Committee, he produced television and radio commercials and special programming. Between 1984 and 1988, he was assistant superintendent of the House Radio-TV Correspondent’s Gallery on Capitol Hill, working directly with the national reporters who cover Congress and politics.
Anita Kishore, Director, Portfolio Management, Sandoz Inc (a Division of Novartis)
Anita Kishore brings both consulting experience and a data-driven approach to the Global Freedom Center from her work as a strategy consultant and former scientist.
Anita currently works as a Director of Portfolio Management for Sandoz Inc, a leading generic pharmaceutical company, based in Princeton, NJ. Anita began working at Sandoz in the strategy team at global headquarters in Holzkirchen, Germany, leading the collaboration between Novartis Pharma and Sandoz, as well as other strategic projects. Anita also served on the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council in Sandoz spreading awareness of key global and local D&I initiatives.
Prior to Sandoz, Anita worked as a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company in San Francisco and Munich advising clients in healthcare, IT, and retail sectors. Anita also led several projects in Bain’s Museum Practice supporting fundraising for Bay Area museums. Although now firmly entrenched in the business world, Anita began her career as a scientist, and has written and spoken on the transition from science to consulting. She completed her degrees in chemistry earning a Bachelor’s from Yale University, a Master’s from the University of Melbourne, and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. While in Australia, Anita was supported by a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship.
Bonnie Campbell, Partner, LPCA Public Strategies
Bonnie J. Campbell was elected Attorney General of Iowa in 1990 and served through 1994. She is the only woman to have held that office in her state.
She focused on protecting Iowa’s consumers, strengthening Iowa’s domestic violence laws, and increasing funding for victim compensation programs and shelters. She also wrote what became a model statute on anti-stalking for states around the country. In her current legal practice, Ms. Campbell represents clients before various regulatory bodies, including the state attorneys general. Her practice generally focuses on providing both legal and crisis management counseling to businesses confronted with highly visible legal matters as they attempt to deal with the public, the media, and an array of government agencies.
Selected by Clinton in 1995 to head the Justice Department’s newly created Violence Against Women Office, Ms. Campbell emerged as a national leader for her work to bring victim-rights reform to the country’s criminal justice system. She oversaw a $1.6 billion program to provide resources to communities for training judges, prosecutors, and police and to provide services and shelter to victims. In 1996, Ms. Campbell was chosen to serve on the President’s Interagency Council on Women, chaired by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. She also headed the Justice Department’s Working Group on Trafficking and was instrumental in the creation of a U.S. treaty with Italy on ending trafficking in women and girls. She subsequently was appointed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to represent the United States in international negotiations on the creation of an International Criminal Court. She was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 and has been a leading spokesperson on international human rights issues ever since.
Originally from Upstate New York, Ms. Campbell earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and law degree from Drake University. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Theresa Loar, Vice President, Global Strategies, CH2M Hill
Theresa Loar is Senior Vice President, International Programs for CH2M HILL a Fortune 500 global engineering and infrastructure firm.
She joined CH2M HILL in 2005 and represents the firm’s international business interests to government officials, clients, stakeholders, and industry partners in Washington, DC and in countries around the world. Ms. Loar has a particular focus on CH2M HILL’s sustainability practice at the nexus of water, energy and the environment. She works with clients on the political and economic issues related to the development of future energy and water resources.
Ms. Loar has more than 25 years of international experience in the public and private sectors. During the Clinton Administration, she worked at the highest levels of the U.S. government to promote and protect women’s human rights, including executive level positions in the White House and the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Loar was a co- founder and founding president of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an organization which invests in emerging women leaders working for progress in countries around the world. Prior to her diplomatic career, Ms. Loar was an entrepreneur and advertising executive in New York City, working on such award-winning campaigns as “Where’s the Beef?” for Wendy’s International. Ms. Loar is an Adjunct Professor at the Women & Politics Institute of American University in Washington, DC and a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Northern Ireland Bureau and the Tahirih Justice Center. She is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Jersey and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and grown sons.
John Pepper, Retired Chairman & CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company
John J. Pepper, Jr. spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002.
He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005. Mr. Pepper also serves on the Board of the Stellar Restaurant Group (Boloco) and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow. A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University. Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.
Lalita Kaewsawang, Chef
Lalita Kaewsawang is a budding chef who redefines "cooking with heart." She came to the U.S. as a child from Thailand not speaking any English and, with her sister, spent her critical developmental years subjected to human trafficking in a restaurant kitchen in California.
With the support of an extensive community, Lalita emerged from her human trafficking experience, graduated high school and received support to attend Wesleyan University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In college, Lalita started a pop up restaurant serving late night meals which she named it, "Mango Tree," reminding her of the childhood in Thailand. She also began to explore her interest in sustainable food and agriculture through a summer program working at an organic farm.
Since graduating from college, Lalita has continued to fuel her passion by participating in the creative energy of pop up restaurants and serving as a guest chef at local food establishments. Lalita spent a year teaching ninth and tenth graders as a City Year Corps member in New Orleans. She is currently working in the hospitality industry and is preparing to fulfill her long term goal to work as a social entrepreneur offering job training skills in the restaurant industry.
Lalita was inspired to cook by her grandmother through whom she developed a curious stomach. Lalita has inspired countless people by courageously sharing her story of human trafficking and inspiring others with her ability to turn her exploitation into working with food in a positive manifestation of art, self-expression, sustainability, and skills building.
Wendy Young, Executive Director, Kids in Need of Defense
Wendy Young brings extensive immigration policy experience to her role at KIND. Most recently, she served as Chief Counsel on Immigration Policy in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees for Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
She held prior immigration policy positions with organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Women's Refugee Commission, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Council of La Raza. She has also written numerous articles, reports and cutting-edge op-eds on the plight of unaccompanied children.
Ms. Young has received a number of awards and honors for her work on immigration rights including: Nominated as one of two NGO representatives to participate in Seminar XXI Program on U.S. Foreign Policy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Defense University (2002); Honored by Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center for work on behalf of women and children detainees (2002); Child Advocacy National Certification of Recognition, American Bar Association, in recognition of contributions advancing the welfare of children (2001); Human Rights Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association, in recognition of the work of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children on behalf of women and child asylum seekers (1999).