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Pam Strickland

Pam Strickland

Founder

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 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.

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

Pam has been training professionals in North Carolina about the reality of human trafficking for more than a decade. Under her leadership, NC Stop Human Trafficking founded and facilitate the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Pitt County Human Trafficking Multidisplinary Team, as well as becoming one of the founding organizations of the N.C. Demand Reduction Task Force.

Pam has spoken across the state in communities about what human trafficking is and how to prevent it. She has also developed curriculum for foster parents, guardians ad litem, human trafficking 101 for the community, and making the connection between human trafficking and pornography.

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.

Banesa Berumen

Training Specialist

Banesa Berumen has recently been hired as NC Stop Human Trafficking’s training specialist.

Born in California and living most of her life in Texas, she moved to North Carolina in 2018. She was raised by undocumented parents who worked grueling, long hours in the agricultural industry.

She watched her parents experience first-hand what it is like to be silenced and live with the vulnerabilities that play a large role in any type of human trafficking and exploitation. Through watching her parents lose their voices for fear of deportation, she has a deep understanding of the vulnerabilities that are prevalent in the immigrant communities in North Carolina.

She became involved with NC Stop Human Trafficking when she felt the compulsion to inform and advise the Latino community in this state about their rights and what labor practices are acceptable and what are not.

In her role as a training specialist, she will devote much of her time to reaching the Spanish speaking population in the state.

Berumen’s focus will also be on building strategic networks and promoting NC Stop Human Trafficking’s vision and advance its work statewide.

 

Intern, Content Creator

Lukis Padu is a senior at East Carolina University (ECU) pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing and Information Design, with a graduation date of May 2023.

Lukis was born in Buffalo, NY, but raised in Charlotte, NC. While attending high school, Lukis had successful track & field years, where he was able to compete and broke several school records in the 400m and 800m races. Lukis was able to obtain a scholarship for track from University of Mount Olive and helped the team win the Men’s Conference Championship.

Lukis transferred to ECU his sophomore year, but due to the pandemic, was not able to run competitively. During that time Lukis discovered his love for writing and began his writing career by interning for the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), where he worked with a team of editors, proofreading, editing and copywriting to publish their yearly literary journal.

Lukis would like to pursue a career in Technical Writing upon graduation. Outside of writing and schoolwork you can either find Lukis in the gym working out or running a local 5K for charity.

Melinda Sampson

Melinda Sampson

Community Outreach Coordinator

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 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. 

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

She has led sessions to empower caregivers to keep their children safe online and she has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers about the reality of human trafficking. 

Sampson has developed a curriculum for health care providers to recognize and respond to human trafficking, as well. 

She is a certified N.C. Victims Services Practitioner, graduate of the Pitt County-Greenville Leadership Institute, the recipient of the 2020 ECU 40Under40, and volunteers with an organization that works to respond to victims of violence.

Hydeia Collington

Intern, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Liaison

Hydeia Collington has recently been named the Law Enforcement Liaison for NC Stop Human Trafficking.

She is originally from Asheville, N.C., but currently resides in the Triad area of North Carolina, where she serves her community as a full-time law enforcement officer.

She has completed a bachelors in Sociology and Criminology from UNCG, and she is currently obtaining my Master’s dual degree in Sociology and Criminology with a post-baccalaureate in teaching Sociology.

Mac Bell

Intern, Criminal Justice/Community Outreach Assistant

Mac Bell will be serving as NC Stop Human Trafficking’s community outreach assistant this fall. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at East Carolina University and is expected to graduate in December of 2022.

Bell chose to pursue a criminal justice education to have a good foundation and in-depth understanding of the intricate pieces involved in the criminal justice system. Bell intends to go to law school upon graduation. Bell’s ambition to become an attorney is rooted in his desire to help others through the organization of law.

He chose to serve at NC Stop Human Trafficking because of the agency’s approach to anti-human trafficking advocacy and to have the opportunity to work closely with other professionals inside the criminal justice system throughout North Carolina.