COURTNEY ALBERT, MEd., MA .
Courtney is the founder & president of Give Way to Freedom and volunteers as a mental health counselor at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie for youth survivors of human trafficking and other forms of trauma. Courtney was a psychotherapist for survivors of human trafficking and torture at the Helen Bamber Foundation, London, UK (2010-2012), and a mental health counselor at Columbia County Mental Health (2013-2017). She is co-chair of the training committee of the Dutchess County Taskforce Against Human Trafficking as well as co-chair of the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.
Courtney completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with honors, from the University of Rochester, her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and her Masters of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. She also completed an intensive course in Somatic Trauma Therapy in 2011-2012.
Courtney has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on human trafficking at agencies and conferences including; 2017 Law Enforcement Inservice trainings for Ulster County Law enforcement & Town of Poughkeepsie Police (in collaboration with Chief David Ryan, Pound Ridge Police Department), Dutchess County Sheriffs, Dutchess County Stabilization Center, Family Services, Astor Services, Hudson River Housing, Grace Smith House, The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, The 2016 New York State Police Crimes Against Children Seminar, The 2015 Building Bridges Conference, The Dutchess County Human Trafficking Taskforce, American Association of University Women, Zonta International London, Champlain College, University of Vermont, UNC Chapel Hill, the 2011 & 2014 Not Here Conferences in Maine, and the 2012 Tri State Not for Sale Conference in Stowe Vermont.
Edith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Master of Science from University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. She managed the start-up process, and since its incorporation in 2009, she has been the director of Give Way to Freedom. She has given and organized trainings on human trafficking throughout New England to a wide variety of professionals including healthcare workers, social workers, runaway and homeless youth service providers, law enforcement, lawyers, drug treatment counselors, students, and educators. She has mentored two University of Vermont College of Medicine semester long Public Health Projects, both of which were accepted into the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. Edith sits on the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Collaborative on Human Trafficking lead by their Clinical Simulation Laboratory. She is a member of the Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force, their Steering Committee, and the Chittenden County Human Trafficking Task Force. In 2015 she received the Ally Award on Crime Victims’ Rights Day from the State of Vermont. She devotes her volunteer work extensively to Rotary International.
Kate D’Adamo is Give Way to Freedom's Program Director. She is involved in anti-trafficking training and outreach throughout the north east region and is the Policy co-chair at the Freedom Network, the largest national network of service providers for victims of human trafficking. Previously, Kate was the National Policy Advocate at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center focusing on the criminalization of survival economies, anti-trafficking policies, and HIV-specific laws. In addition, Kate worked as a community organizer, advocate and program developer. Kate has also worked on issues of labor and migration at the International Commission for Labor Rights, Global Workers Justice Alliance and the Open Society Foundation, and collaborative campaigns, as well as being a founding member of PERSIST Health Project. She holds a BA in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University and an MA in International Affairs from The New School University.
DEBORAH P. VOLK
Deborah P. Volk is a partner in the Burlington, Vermont law firm of Bothfeld & Volk, where her practice is limited to immigration and nationality issues. She has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1990. Ms. Volk has lectured at universities and attorney conferences, and she is a long-standing consultant to attorneys and judges both in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Volk addressed Members of Parliament, justice officials, members of the judiciary and other government policy-makers at the Canadian National Forum on Criminal Records. She participated on a panel covering immigration issues in the U.S. First and Second Circuits, attended by judges, U.S. probation officers and Vermont attorneys in federal practice. She was chosen by the Vermont Bar Association to serve on the Human Trafficking Task Force assembled to make recommendations and legislative proposals regarding human trafficking in the State of Vermont. Over the course of her career, Ms. Volk has represented a broad range of clients. Ms. Volk received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Boston University.
Elliot Gray, is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, as well as a Wealth Management Associate at Morgan Stanley in Burlington, Vermont. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Lawrence University and joined Morgan Stanley in 1997. At Morgan Stanley Elliot specializes in assisting with investment management and personalized client services. He brings his financial world perspective to the board at Give
Way to Freedom.