Anne Basham

CEO of Anti-Trafficking International (ATI)
United States

Anne has worked in both the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government as well as in the private and non-profit sectors where she advocated on behalf of human rights issues such as violence against women, child welfare, human trafficking, religious freedom and genocide. She began her career working for a United States Senator where she was provided an understanding of crime victims rights, child welfare, as well as domestic and foreign policy issues. Since then she has developed public policy strategies and worked with both parties in the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch and members of the U.K. Parliament. Anne also forged partnerships with many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field and worked with law makers to draft legislation, policies, and appropriations priorities for both domestic and foreign policies.

Most recently Ms. Basham was the Senior Advisor at the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the largest federal funder of domestic anti-human trafficking efforts in the United States. There she provided policy advice and assistance on a variety of programs and concerns affecting the design, development, and delivery of OVC’s mission to help victims of crime rebuild and restore their lives. She developed strategies for over $6 billion in federal grants and other projects that are vital to victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, violence against women and children, and elder abuse throughout the Department, Executive Branch, and Legislative Branch.

With a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Virginia, Anne understands that education is truly the best form of prevention against human trafficking and other threats to children, and she has dedicated her personal and professional life to helping stop violence against women, children, and human trafficking. She has served victims from all over the world helping them safely leave dangerous situations, navigate the legal system, and secure stable sources of income, safe housing and trauma recovery.  This is why she is especially conscious of the growing threat of human trafficking to children and is passionate about empowering parents and frontline responders to effectively safeguard children, prevent trafficking before it starts, and recover youth.