Senior Program Manager, IPG PQI Child Protection & Education team
Before joining World Vision in 2012, Laura served as a Human Trafficking Specialist with the Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She managed anti-trafficking grants for victim identification, regional coalition building, and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. As liaison to the Senior Policy Operating Group with the U.S. Department of State, she managed interagency collaboration and advised leadership on human trafficking and child protection policy issues. Laura also served as a manager, researcher, and DME specialist for international nongovernmental organizations and grassroots anti-trafficking groups in West Africa, South Asia, South America and the Middle East and Eastern Europe region. At World Vision, she has managed a diverse portfolio of public and privately funded projects, addressing child labor in the Philippines, sex trafficking in India, Bangladesh, and Guatemala, female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, child marriage in Mozambique, and early childhood education in Jordan’s Syrian refugee communities. Laura began her career in journalism with the BBC and NPR but pivoted to child protection out of an enduring desire to partner with children, families, communities, and faith leaders to address the roots of violence against children.
Laura sings with the St. Peter’s Choir on Capitol Hill, loves spending time with her family, and often can be found haunting the National Gallery of Art.
Areas of expertise
- Child Protection
- Human Trafficking
- Child Labor
- Child Marriage
Master's Degree, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University
Bachelors of Arts in English Literature; William Jewell College
- “Brutal Exchange: Genocide, Trafficking, and the Human Person as Gift.” Religious Freedom Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom Education, October 2019.
- “Love at the Edge: Beyond the Charitable-Industrial Complex.” First Things Web Exclusives, 2017.
- “How To Combat The Crime Du Jour.” Cardus, Culture & Politics POV, 2011. A reflection on anti-human trafficking advocacy vs. action.
- “Cruising Calle Siete.” Duke University Faith and Leadership, 2009.