About Us

Who We Are and What We Stand For

The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking is working to end Human Trafficking in the United States through prevention, combating demand, rescuing victims, influencing government policy and providing safe refuge for the restoration of survivors. We are a nonprofit, faith-based organization fighting against human trafficking in America with truth and integrity, showing the love of Jesus Christ to all involved. With offices in Tampa, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Austin, we are addressing the national problem, and also doing so with on-the-ground services.

Our focus on the prevention of human trafficking in the United States is being accomplished through combating demand in new and innovative ways, raising awareness, educating our youth, disruption of trafficking activities, advocating a consolidation within the industry to maximize efficiencies, and collaborating with organizations who are expert at rescuing abducted youth currently engaged in the sex trade. Our work is also done in conjunction with federal, state and local government officials who sit in a position to influence policy on ending trafficking in America.

As a non-profit organization, we are committed to operate with utmost financial accountability to our donors who provide the funding necessary to carry out these activities.

OUR EFFORTS TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking intends to end Human Trafficking in the United States through prevention, combating demand, rescuing victims, influencing government policy and providing safe refuge for the restoration of survivors. We seek new and innovative ways to combat demand, raise awareness to this issue, and provide safe environments for survivors. Our efforts include…

 

  • Creating financially stable and replicable Safe Homes for survivor restoration across the country
  • Partnering with local law enforcement, governments, businesses, schools and community-based organizations to create TraffickingFree Zones
  • Educating federal, state and local government officials about the problem and what more they can do to stop it
  • Eliminating the “demand” by promoting legislative and law enforcement focus on the sex buyers instead of those being sold

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Kevin Malone

CEO / PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

ABOUT KEVIN

Kevin Malone, named “The Best General Manager in the Game” in 1995, retired from professional baseball in 2001 after an illustrious 17 year career in which his teams earned a World Championship and several trips to the post-season.  Major League Baseball Hall of Fame General Manager Pat Gillick stated the following about Kevin, “he is a dedicated, loyal, hard-working guy who is also a visionary.  He always had something on his mind to make us (the Baltimore Orioles) better.  He was not only loyal, but he was somebody who pushed the people around him to be better.”  Kevin is known as a “rebuilder.” His leadership, attention to detail, team building skills, management expertise and well known work ethic helped him in restoring three different franchises to prominence. Kevin is an experienced winner and has the innate ability to effectively communicate and execute his formulas.

Malone, a human trafficking “abolitionist” uses his talents, experiences and relationships to fight for the eradication of child sex slavery.  Kevin is the Founder and Executive Director of Protect The P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans), and President/Co-Founder of the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking.  Both are ministries dedicated and committed to ending the sex slavery of minors in American cities, communities and neighborhoods.  Each ministry seeks to bring awareness, prevention, rescue assistance and restoration to children. The model implemented is a proven, evidence based approach that utilizes collaboration among experienced leaders, experts, survivors, professionals and service providers in all sectors of human trafficking to battle America’s “slave problem.” Malone believes that all people are called to seek justice, rescued the oppressed and defend the orphan.  He likes to quote Edmund Burke, “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing!”

Kevin played baseball at the University of Louisville, where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1980 earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration.  Drafted by the Cleveland Indians, Malone played one season in the NY-Penn League.  In 1985, after working towards his Master’s Degree in Theology at Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary, Kevin joined the California Angels as part of the scouting and player development team.  He also had stints with the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins, where he won a World Series ring as the Advance Scout for the exciting 1991 World Series defeating the Atlanta Braves. Kevin was named the General Manager of the Montreal Expos in 1994. Under his guidance, the Expos rose to national prominence and, in the strike shortened 94’ season, finished with the best record (74-40) in Major League Baseball.

In 1996, Kevin was named the Assistant General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles and helped assemble a club that advanced to the American League Championships in both 1996 and 1997. Kevin retired in 2001 from Major League Baseball after three years as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Since retiring, Kevin worked for Fox Sports (Baseball Analyst) and ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (Trade Analyst). After three years of serving at The Master’s College in Los Angeles, Kevin in 2005 began a start-up business venture as an owner of the new Mercedes-Benz of Valencia.

Malone is actively involved in numerous ministry and charitable organizations including; L.A. Dream Center, F.A.C.E.S.S, Inner City Visions (providing gang communities help), and Hope for Israel.  Kevin was an Executive Producer on two films and also helped create the ‘Shawn Movie’ the film about his son’s miraculous healing from a traumatic brain injury. In February, 2015 Kevin became an ordained minister. He has been married to Marilyn for 35 years. They relocated to Las Vegas from L.A. in Feb. 2018 to fight child sex slavery. They have two children, Shannon and Shawn.

Stephanie Costolo

Vice President

ABOUT STEPHANIE

Stephanie Costolo is the Vice President of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (U.S. Institute), a national nonprofit, faith-based organization working to end human trafficking in the United States. During her time at the U.S. Institute, Stephanie has helped create and scale the TraffickingFree Zone program; a county-level initiative focused on reducing the demand for sex-trafficking. Stephanie has led the program through a quick, efficient expansion, driving cities, counties and organizations to declare themselves TraffickingFree Zones, directed thousands of online sex buyers toward resources to get help, implemented law enforcement training at police departments across the nation and trained thousands of community members on human trafficking awareness.  In addition to her work at the U.S. Institute, Stephanie serves as the vice chair of the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking and as an advisory board member for the Post 911 Veterans Nonprofit Community Organization. She is also a published author.

While serving in the United States Air Force, she earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. She also holds a master’s degree in entrepreneurship in applied technologies from the University of South Florida and is currently working toward a second master’s degree in public policy and administration at Northwestern University. 

Stephanie resides in Florida with her three children.

MICAH WASHINSKI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

BIO COMING SOON

Natalie Kehn

Director of Outreach & Church Engagement
Bio Coming Soon

JOHN LONG

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SAFE HOME
BIO COMING SOON

LANCE LEMMONDS

Director of Government Affairs
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RYAN GERKE

HR ADMINISTRATOR
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YVETTE HITE

CASE MANAGER
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Board of Directors

Samantha Chechele

Board Vice-President

ABOUT SAMANTHA
Although Samantha Chechele makes her living as an attorney practicing in the Tampa Bay area, her passion is to grow in faith, to reach people for Christ, and to help people get closer to God. Always seeking opportunities to use her skills and talents to further the kingdom of God, Samantha was called to the board of the Florida Dream Center by God’s intervention, through her longtime colleagues Bill Losasso and Geoff Rogers. She is excited to have the opportunity to manage the legal aspects of growing the organization to its full potential.

Samantha is married to her husband, Pete, and has four daughters. She is a member of Bridgepoint Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and supports various ministries locally and throughout the world with volunteer efforts.

Her firm, Chechele Law, PA, is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has been in operation serving clients in Florida and Michigan since 1991.

Vince Kudla

Board Vice-President

ABOUT VINCE
Vince Kudla is the founder & CEO of H2insight, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, H2insight is a customer experience management company that provides surveys, real-time reporting, analysis, industry benchmarks, and other customer loyalty solutions. The company’s clients include many of the largest national homebuilders and several of the largest insurance companies in the U.S.

Prior to founding H2insight in 1997, Vince co-founded BPLS Inc., a technology firm providing an on-line guide to new home subdivisions in the largest building markets throughout the country.

Vince is also a member of C-12, America’s leading Resource for Christian Business Owners and CEO’s that focuses on an integrated approach to business and ministry. He and his wife Tracie have been married for 20 years and are proud parents of three.

Chong Henderson

Board DIRECTOR

ABOUT CHONG

Chong Henderson has been called by God as an intercessor, praying endlessly for the causes nearest to God’s heart. She joins the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking as a full-time intercessor, praying for God’s will to occur with the company and for the provision necessary to help end human trafficking in the U.S. Chong resides in Tampa, FL with her husband Fain.

James Thomas Perry

BOARD MEMBER

ABOUT JAMES

James Thomas Perry has professionally served as legal counsel for brands such as Tupperware, Give Back Brands, Elizabeth Arden, Inc., has held his own private practice in New York, as well as other professional experience with other companies and law firms since 1988.  His education includes:

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M, International and Comparative Law
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D.
Tennessee Temple University, B.A., cum laude