Martina Vandenberg, an attorney, is the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, HT Pro Bono.
She founded the organization with the generous support of the Open Society Foundations Fellowship Program.
Prior to her OSF fellowship, she was a partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, where she focused on FCPA matters.
Vandenberg also maintained an extensive pro bono practice representing women trafficked to the United States for forced labor.
She has successfully represented trafficking victims in federal immigration, civil, and criminal cases.
She currently co-chairs the IBA Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Vandenberg has spent nearly two decades advocating against human trafficking, forced labor, and violence against women.
As the Europe Researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Women’s Rights Division, she participated in the negotiations for the United Nations Trafficking Protocol in Vienna, Austria.
Vandenberg also conducted extensive human rights investigations in the Russian Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Israel, and Ukraine.
While living in Moscow, Vandenberg co-founded Syostri, one of Russia’s first rape crisis centers.
Vandenberg has testified on human rights issues before multiple Congressional committees.
In 2015, Vandenberg received the Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for her work combating human trafficking. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar.
Vice President of Global Business Solutions for IJM
Jesse Rudy is the Vice President of Global Business Solutions for International Justice Mission. He is responsible for working with the President and the Senior Leadership Team to develop and execute a global strategy that will move IJM towards the 2030 Vision. Jesse has long been passionate about effective and efficient processes and execution and cares very deeply about protecting the poor from violence on a global scale.
Executive Director/Founder Courtney’s House
Tina Frundt has been actively raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) since 2000.
A high profile national advocate on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and a survivor of CSEC, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed to helping children
and women who are living through experiences similar to her own.
In 2016 President Obama appointed Tina to the First White House Survivor Advisory Board.
The UNL Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Planning Team will be awarding the Prem S. Paul Award for Research in Anti-Human Trafficking at their next
conference in September 2017. The award honors Dr. Paul’s commitment to the conference by supporting its inauguration as well as his continued support over the years.
This year the award will be given on September 8th at the Conference Banquet at UNL’s City Campus Union.