Mary C. Burke, PhD
Dr. Burke is a Professor of Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she teaches in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. Her scholarly interests include minority mental health in the context of oppressive systems, gender based violence, trauma and human trafficking. In 2004 she founded the Project to End Human Trafficking (www.endhumantrafficking.org), an all-volunteer United States based non-profit group that works regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise awareness about the enslavement and economic exploitation of people. In this role, Dr. Burke has lectured extensively and facilitated trainings about human trafficking both in the United States and abroad. She has begun anti-trafficking coalitions in Pennsylvania and Virginia and consulted on the development of coalitions in other regions. In addition, she has spoken to various state and regional elected officials in Pennsylvania and Virginia regarding this issue and has worked on legislation in these states in support of strengthening human trafficking laws.
Current international efforts are focused in Uganda where she and her team work collaboratively with citizens to prevent trafficking through school and community based programming. Access to education and therapeutic services for women and child sex trafficking survivors is also part of the effort in the Soroti and Lira areas of northern Uganda, a region traumatically impacted by armed conflict for over twenty years.
Dr. Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and is working to advance knowledge about current best practices regarding therapeutic work with survivors. She is often called upon to assist news media outlets on the issue of trafficking.
Br. Michael Gosch, CSV
Br. Gosch is a member of the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians). He earned an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola UniversityChicago, a Master of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social at University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Br. Gosch has taught English at high schools in Illinois and Nevada. He has worked as a social worker in Illinois and Belize, Central America. He is the co-founder and co-director of Viator House of Hospitality, a residence for immigrant youth seeking asylum in the United States, a number of whom are survivors of human trafficking.
Ms. Weismann is a Staff Operations Specialist (SOS) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Pittsburgh Division. SOS Weismann has been with the FBI for six years, starting as an administrative professional focusing on cyber-related threats. SOS Weismann became a Staff Operations Specialist in 2015 and has been focusing on human trafficking threats ever since. SOS Weismann's main focus is to support human trafficking investigations from identification to judicial outcomes and proactively identify potential human trafficking victims and subjects.
SOS Weismann is an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Coalition, which assists victims in obtaining a variety of services to best serve victims' needs. The coalition also features a law enforcement component which proactively shares intelligence and works jointly in investigations.