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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Dr. Mary Burke

Director Comey and Dr. Mary Burke

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The Pittsburgh Division honors Dr. Mary Burke, an international activist for adult and child victims of human trafficking and the founder of the non-profit organization Project to End Human Trafficking.

Dr. Burke is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2004, she founded the Project to End Human Trafficking, an all-volunteer group that works regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise awareness about the enslavement and economic exploitation of people. She has begun anti-trafficking coalitions in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia and has consulted on the development of coalitions in other regions. In addition, she has spoken to various state and regional elected officials in Pennsylvania and Virginia and has worked on legislation to strengthen human trafficking laws in these states.

In 2005, Dr. Burke founded the Southwestern Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, in which she collaborates with colleagues in the FBI Pittsburgh Division. Currently, the coalition comprises approximately 70 members, including concerned citizens, social service agency representatives, health and mental health care professionals, and law enforcement officers from the region. This group works to raise awareness about human trafficking and provides for the basic needs of domestic and international victims of trafficking in the greater Pittsburgh area. Dr. Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and has worked in a number of countries to help communities prevent human trafficking of children and young adults.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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