To end human trafficking through preventing exploitation, educating the community, and empowering survivors.
We fight so that all may live free.
We believe that no human life should be for sale. Children, teens, and adults of all genders are exploited for sex and labor in our city every day. We exist to change that.
To fully end human trafficking, we must both support survivors and prevent people from ever being abused. By learning how to recognize the signs of trafficking, teens know how to stay safe and avoid exploitation. Informed kids are less likely to succumb to traffickers’ tactics.
Educating the Community
Education prepares the community. Through educational trainings, we prepare professionals, first responders, and community members to recognize and address human trafficking situations. Institutions become qualified to aid victims and survivors with a trauma-informed approach. Through our podcast, community members learn how to break down the systems that enable trafficking to flourish.
Outreach prevents exploitation and empowers victims and survivors. Through case management, support groups, and direct outreach, we bridge the gap between service providers and those who need them. We interact with overlooked people to identify exploitation and empower them with appropriate resources for restoration.
Human trafficking is a violation of basic human rights and should be addressed as such. Together, we must restore that basic human right to every trafficked person—freedom.
Chief Executive Officer
Master of Social Work, University of Houston | Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Houston| Non-Profit Leadership Alliance | Executive Leadership Certification at Rice University | FBI Citizens Academy
Timeka Walker is an innovative leader with over 20 years in nonprofit leadership. Timeka is dedicated to serving the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society to bring dignity and love to each individual. Before joining the fight to end human trafficking, Timeka worked with vulnerable youth, HIV positive homeless men and women, and those suffering from mental illness. Throughout her career Timeka has served in various leadership roles in programs, operations, administration, and finance.
Joining UAHT in 2015, Timeka passionately leads the organization in its efforts to offer trauma-informed programming and serving as a unifying force for the anti-human trafficking movement.
Timeka received her Licensed Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and holds an Executive Leadership Certification from Rice University.
Chief Programs & Strategy Officer
Master of Public Policy, George Mason University | Bachelor of Arts in English, Baylor University
For 15 years, Elaine’s passion for ending human trafficking has fueled her work. From research and legislative work in Washington DC, to working with survivors in South Korea, to hosting an anti-trafficking conference in Virginia, to running fundraising and communication efforts in Houston, her zeal for ending exploitation continuously deepens. Elaine loves partnering with donors and coalition members who are dedicated to creating systemic change in Houston.
Director of Development
Master of Public Administration, Texas Southern University | B.A. in Journalism, Texas Southern University | Grant Writing Certification, Rice University
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Serving for over 20 years in the nonprofit industry, Gwen has fought hard to make an impact in the lives of people who have experienced domestic violence. Now, she brings the same zeal to fight against human trafficking. Gwen brings extensive experience to UAHT! She served on the grant review board at United Way and Mississippi State University. Not only has Gwen served on the YWCA’s Board of Directors, but she also forged a major “Lip Stick Campaign” with Mary Kay Cosmetic that paved the way for Mary Kay to become a philanthropist that fuels the movement to stop domestic violence.
Chief Operating & People Officer
M.A. in Historical Theology Lincoln Christian University | B.A. in Biblical Studies & Student Ministry Saint Louis Christian College | Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Certification
A Missouri native, Titus Benton has spent his entire career inspiring growth in organizations and communities. With twenty years of leadership experience in pastoral and nonprofit work, his expertise is in communications, team building, and strategic planning. Since moving with his wife and two children to Texas in 2011, Titus has grown to love Houston for the rich diversity, incredible restaurants, and friendly people. His driving passion is to help those who need help most. He loves great stories, being outdoors, and eating great food.
Director of Finance
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Louisiana-Monroe| Military Veteran| Certificate Vocational Nurse| QMRP|QMHP|QHP
A native of Louisiana. Michael Everett is an innovative thinker with over 30 years in Finance Management, Higher Education, Workforce Development, Business Development, HR Management, Case Management, Auditing, Nonprofit, Grant Management, Social Services, and Leadership. Michael has dedicated his life to serving others.
Director of Prevention
Master of Arts in Sociology, Texas Southern University; Bachelor of Science in Communication, Fresno State University
Au’Vonnie’s optimism for motivating, inspiring, and uplifting those in under-served communities is what led her to UAHT. Her passion, drive, and commitment focus not only on herself but on those around her. An Oakland native with over 10 years experience working in many populations through education, mentoring, outreach, and advocacy, Au’Vonnie commits her career to advance those in all demographics, establishing relationships to build partnerships, and creating new programs to provide incomparable visualizations of fighting so all may live free.
Director of Operations & Compliance
Ph.D. Public Policy & Administration, Specializing in Non-Profit Management, Walden University | Master Public Policy & Administration, Governors State University | Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Governors State University | Non-Profit Management Certification
A Chicago native, Erika Washington has substantial experience working in education and nonprofit sectors specializing in finance, budgeting, and grants management. Erika has over 15 years experience researching qualitative and quantitative data impacting criminal justice systems and have executed large research projects for the United States Probation & Parole. She was also a Grant Reviewer for the United States Department of Education. She joined UAHT to further her passion in such meaningful and purposeful work. She spends her personal time, writing, researching, and spending time with her three daughters. She moved to Houston in 2020 to enjoy the culture, diversity, and nonetheless, the food.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Minnesota—Moorhead
Aspiring to see a sustainable and unified effort to fight human trafficking, Nate manages the The Pathway, a secure, online referral database for individuals who have experienced human trafficking. Nate brings his experience with nurturing inter-agency relationships in Guatemala to facilitate a culture of collaboration within the coalition and analyze our needs as a unified voice to fight this crime at a macro level. His passion for building partnerships ensures that our communities within and external to Houston are ready to address those needs and assist survivors from identification to restoration.
Chief Communications & Partnerships Officer
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a focus on Broadcast Journalism, McNeese State University I Fashion Merchandising Business degree, Brooks College of Arts and Design I Federal Government Human Trafficking Leadership Academy I Coro Fellowship Northern California.
Ken is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and have spent over 20 years working in the social services, fashion, and entertainment industries in Southern California. In 2017 Ken graduated from the National Human Trafficking Leadership Academy . Mr. Henry has served as executive director for his own anti-human trafficking 501(c)3 serving survivors and thrivers of human trafficking. He currently serves on the board for Restoration Diversion Services in Compton, CA and Texas Victims Services Association representing Houston, TX. Ken is one of the founders and of the Compton Human Trafficking Task Force and National Black Faith Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Mr. Henry is excited to be working in the anti-human trafficking space here in Houston, Texas. Ken is truly a Renaissance Man who thrives on inspiring others through bringing hope, inspiration, and love to them.
Regional Pathway Manager
Bachelor of Science in Communication, Thomas Edison State University
While native to Chicago, Sammy also claims Mexico City as home which is where her zeal for the anti-trafficking movement fully evolved. Her international experience ranges from direct services with victims and survivors, to strategic outreach development, to broader fundraising and advocacy projects. Sammy is passionate about sharing the stories of survivors and people at risk in a way that honors those individuals while also inviting outsiders into the story and into the anti-trafficking movement. Her hope is for justice, for freedom, and for restored dignity for all people, Houston and beyond!
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
“What Starts Here, Changes the World.” Misa internalized this motto from her alma mater and believes that individual efforts create a collective impact against human trafficking and social justice issues. With her eyes on the future, Misa plans and strategizes projects today that propel UAHT’s mission and vision into tomorrow. Aside from her dedication to UAHT, Misa delights in sharing with others Houston’s culturally diverse food scene and Fair Trade food, clothing, and goods.
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Certificate in Latin American Studies, Regis College
Emma first came to Houston through Americorps, teaching ESL to Latinx immigrants at an East End community organization. What was supposed to be only an 11-month term of service became a full-time residency! Emma uses her passion for writing to convey UAHT’s important mission to current and potential donors.
Bachelor of Business in Finance, University of Houston – Downtown
Andrew has always wanted his work to impact the community. As a native Houstonian, he knew he had to be a part of an organization that combats human trafficking. He has long been aware of this problem and now UAHT is giving him the opportunity to make a difference. His previous experience working to fight against homelessness showed him exactly how vulnerable some individuals are. Andrew helps with accounting duties to ensure the organization is operating efficiently so UAHT can progress toward ending human trafficking.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, University of Houston
Anna loves Houston—the museums, the free events, the diversity. She grew up here, attended university here, and got married here. That’s why when she heard that her beloved hometown was home to thousands of human trafficking victims, she knew she needed to act. Anna paired her love of storytelling with her passion to bring freedom to Houston and became UAHT’s Communications Coordinator. Through blogs, newsletters, and social media, Anna aims to transform difficult and complicated facts into understandable and meaningful conversations.
Shea is a native Houstonian and is motivated about serving and uplifting all people in the community. She is a survivor advocate, lived experience expert and student at the University of St. Thomas working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology, Law and Society. Out of her passion for helping survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault, Shea ran her own consulting business for three years. She is a developing author and speaker, sharing her story of liberation from eight-years of lived experience in the adult entertainment industry. She is committed to putting an end to sexual exploitation.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Saint Louis University
Elyse is a native to St. Cloud, Minnesota and has recently finished her degree in Finance at Saint Louis University. She is currently serving as a Jesuit Volunteer in Houston. She is passionate about eliminating human trafficking from Houston and the broader world after engaging with victims in her hometown. She is excited for this year long opportunity and eager to keep learning and growing as the year progresses.
Fanny relocated from Austin TX where she attended the University of Texas at Austin. However, most of her childhood was spent in her native country of Honduras. As a former educator, Fanny learned the importance of creating relationships within the community and the families that she served. Passionate about advocacy and education, her leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit led her to call Houston home. Throughout her life as an immigrant living in America, she heard stories of other woman and children from her country who were victims of trafficking. By joining UAHT she hopes to continue to advocate and educate her community by empowering them through their journeys.
SUZY COHEN – BOEHME
Communications & Engagement Manager
B.A. in Communications-Journalism, Minor in English-Writing Stephen F. Austin State University
A resident of Houston for over 40 years, Suzy has spent her career serving the Houston area’s nonprofit and mental health facilities for the last 25 years. Those companies include IntraCare North Hospital, Cenikor Foundation and West Oaks Hospital, among others.
She also served as a board member of Cassidy Joined for Hope, a nonprofit foundation focused on teen suicide prevention in schools and the community.
Suzy lives with her husband Chris, daughter Natalie, and her three Basset Hounds. She loves Starbucks, Three Brothers Bakery and all things sweet, as well as photography and updating her social media with her many travel adventures.
Suzy is passionate about educating the community at large about the latest facts, figures and terminology regarding mental health, trafficking and LGBTQIA+ issues.
Sara Jayne Breuer
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-International Affairs and French with a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California Riverside
A California transplant, Sara Jayne works toward a better world where all are free to pursue their dreams and live free from exploitation and violence. When she learned about trafficking in 2008, Sara Jayne knew she wanted to do something. She dove into research and helped enforce anti-trafficking legislation throughout Los Angeles County. For five years, she worked at the American Red Cross, teaching communities how to prepare for disasters. She also served clients in shelters, met with families after home fires, and went door-to-door to teach people about fire safety. She is passionate about working in diverse communities, bringing together different people towards a common purpose. Sara Jayne brings her love of community theater and entertaining others into delivering engaging and informative presentations. It has been her dream to work professionally in human trafficking for over a decade, and she is overjoyed to work with UAHT. As the Collaboration Manager, she oversees Education, the Speaker’s Bureau, and the United Against Human Trafficking Coalition. She also works with lived experience experts, partner organizations, and community members on innovative programs and events to impact the anti-trafficking landscape.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Master of Arts in Public Administration, Southern University and A&M College
Emerald was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has been in Houston for 18 years. She has worked in the social service field the last 18 years as an investigator, case manager, and advocacy coordinator with children and families that become a part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services System.
Emerald enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, and shopping. She is a wife and mother of one beautiful daughter. She hopes to continue advocating for individuals in the community and is elated to link arms in the fight against human trafficking by preventing exploitation, educating the community, and empowering survivors in her role as program manager.
Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
Bachelor of Social Work, Colorado State University
Born and raised here, Natasha has always been proud to call Houston home. Her passion and drive to fight for an equitable and just world started many years ago and has continued to this day. While living in Colorado, Natasha worked with people experiencing homelessness and people escaping homelessness. Natasha was excited to move back to Houston and continue her work in housing and homelessness in the community she calls home. This is when she recognized the major issue of human trafficking affecting the most marginalized in Houston and knew she had to join the fight for freedom.
Outreach & Prevention Coordinator
Doctorate in Religious Education – Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute
Paul is a life-long resident of Houston. His career path is one of hard work and tenacity. Paul was raised on the rough streets of Fifth Ward, working as hard as he could in various positions to make a better life for himself. From delivering medical supplies, to working as a PBX operator then up the chain in a mental health facility, to facilitating corporate training sessions for huge companies. He has always had a passion to help people, especially those in the foster care system and those battling mental health issues. Paul is also a Certified S.A.M.A. facilitator, Certified Life Coach, and Certified Christian Counselor.
As you can tell, Paul loves to help others! He lives with his wife of 20 years and their 2 beautiful children. Paul loves jazz and wrestling!
Outreach & Prevention Coordinator
Associate’s Degree – Liberal Arts, Professional in Human Resources
Alex Salata hails from Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He is experienced in working for non-profit agencies from dedicating 16 years to empowering people with disabilities to live normal lives. Driven by serving others, he takes pride in providing quality service to whomever he’s assisting. As a Finance Coordinator his goal is to safeguard UAHT’s financial records, maintain the organization’s financial responsibility, and aid in the fight against HT!
In his spare time, Alex enjoys watching sports (mainly basketball & football) as well as exercising, reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife & two dogs. He recently relocated to the Houston area and is becoming acclimated to everything the BIG city has to offer!
Jayden is a Houston native who began his career in facilities management. He is passionate about helping and advocating for vulnerable populations and desires to make a positive difference in the world. Jayden is a student of the anti-human trafficking movement and loves spending his spare time with his dog and his community.
Dalton Taylor Johnson
Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Taylor has been in the fight against human trafficking since 2019. As the overlap between various systems of oppression made themselves more evident in his life, he dedicated himself to inspiring change in every sphere of life – every individual relationship, every community, and our culture as a whole. Taylor approaches identifying human trafficking situations and preventing exploitation by inviting and empowering those he serves to explore new ways of thinking and being. Taylor is committed to fighting against trafficking by using his expertise to encouraging men and boys to walk alongside UAHT as we inch closer to a vision of a better world: a world without exploitation and gender-based violence.
Taylor is in love with philosophy, can talk about music for hours and comes well-equipped with more than enough terrible dad jokes.
Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Criminology, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Juan is a recent graduate from UHCL with his B.S. in Criminology. After learning about human trafficking and it’s impact on individuals with lived experience, he decided to look for an organization that can help him live out his passion to bring an end to human trafficking. His motivation is to make a difference in the world. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to classical music, cooking, and spending time with his dogs at the park. He fights to live in a society where everyone can experience freedom.
United Against Human Trafficking pledges good stewardship in every donation received. We are transparent with our finances, annual reports, and internal revenue service disclosure forms. We acknowledge your contributions are investments towards our mission to end human trafficking through preventing exploitation, educating the community, and empowering survivors.
When you give to United Against Human Trafficking, 81% of our total revenue goes directly to programs and services; 11% to management & general, and 8% to fundraising efforts.
Board of Directors
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DAN MARTINEZ, JD
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