Staff Bios

Pam Strickland


Pam first became interested in the subject of Human Trafficking at a Missions Conference in 2006 where she learned about young girls being forced into prostitution in Asia.

Since then, she has led three Mission Trips to Moldova, where part of the team’s job was to educate the young people about trafficking, in an effort to prevent them from becoming victims.

Pam speaks frequently to community groups, as well as conducting training for professional and pre-professional groups (such as social workers, counselors, teachers, law enforcement, nurses, physician’s assistants, and others).

Pam is passionate about preventing labor trafficking internationally by educating people about Fair Trade and responsible consumerism.

Pam earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1990. Since then, she has been involved with the management of her family’s business-Electronic Services, Inc.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time her husband, son and their two dogs. Traveling, reading, and supporting the Tar Heels are other interests.

Pam is the Founder of the nonprofit, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Melinda Sampson

Melinda Sampson is a 2009 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor of arts in communication.

She began a career in journalism in 2011 with Cooke Communications, LLC, becoming the editor of a weekly newspaper located in Belhaven, North Carolina. In 2013, she became the associate editor for a bi-weekly newspaper in Williamston, North Carolina, and by 2014, she became the assistant editor at a daily newspaper in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

In her career as a journalist, she was able to report on important community issues and examine social, economic and cultural issues – specifically the plight of migrant farmworkers in the fields of Eastern North Carolina.

In 2014, she visited several migrant farmworker camps in Wilson, Wayne and Lenoir counties where she discovered migrant farmworkers who came to the country under false promises and then were forced or coerced into working under dangerous and abusive conditions and living in relatively isolated and wretched labor camps.

It was through those migrant farmworkers’ stories that her interest in human trafficking was born. It was also the personal relationships she developed and the stories of inequity and injustice in Eastern North Carolina that inspired her to be a part of an organization that is a catalyst for change.

In that vein, she wanted to become involved with ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now. Sampson became the Community Outreach Coordinator for ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now in June of 2018.

She is a native of Farmville, graduating high school at Farmville Central. She is married and has a daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting and drawing.


Kari’s first introduction to human trafficking was at a high school club event, in which an alum visited in regards to their efforts to fight human trafficking. However, she did not begin participating in efforts against modern slavery until her sophomore year in college.

Kari began investigating human trafficking and partnered with ENCSHTN as a member of the National Service Sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma to host a “Slavery Still Exists” program on East Carolina University’s campus. In the summer of 2016, a year after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from ECU, Kari applied to intern with ENCSHTN.

Since then Kari has served as the Special Projects Manager at ENCSHTN, earned her MA in Anthropology, interned with the Duke Lemur Center Division of Fossil Primates,  interned with the anti-trafficking non-profit Restore One, and is now the Community Outreach Assistant at ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now. While serving as the Special Projects Manager, Kari led the local efforts to amend the Communications Decency Act. She worked with Representative Ann Wagner’s office as well as with Shared Hope International and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to help get H.R. 1865 (and S. 1693) introduced and passed into law. Although she played a small role in these important efforts, Kari was happy to assist in anyway to help in the fight against modern slavery.

While earning her MA in Anthropology, Kari researched commoditization of bodies in prostitution for a research paper. The findings were condensed for a blog post published by Gender, Politics, and Global Culture. You can read her post here.

In the fall, Kari will join the ECU Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies to pursue her MS in Clinical Counseling with emphasis in Addictions. She is particularly interested in trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and the interconnectedness of the three. Kari is excited to work in the anti-trafficking realm while she pursues her degree.

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”  –John F. Kennedy


M’Kyla is a recent college graduate from East Carolina University where she obtained a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations. After growing up in Charlotte, NC, M’Kyla now resides in Greenville where she works as an Administrative Assistant for ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now.In her free time, M’Kyla enjoys painting, traveling, volunteering, or helping in the community with her organization Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

M’Kyla says that after learning about ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now and working with CEO Pam Strickland, she noticed how relevant the issue of human trafficking was in her surrounding community.

“I was destined to get involved and spread the impact of how we can identify Human Trafficking and reduce chances of it happening in the future. I am very excited to continue learning and working with the organization so that I can make a difference in my community.”