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.

MICAH WASHINSKI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

ABOUT MICAH

Micah secured the biggest deal in company history as the area vice president of sales in 2016, and that same year God blessed her with an opportunity to leave corporate America and focus on what she was purposed for.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Micah now serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, but has long had a heart for children who have suffered from abuse, and strives to combine this passion with her extensive background in finance and sales to foster communities that efficiently and compassionately fight trafficking.

Before coming to the US Institute, she served as a guardian ad litem for 10 years and started a ministry called Hope Restored that trains volunteers and connects them with organizations that are serving victims of human trafficking.  Although passionate about all aspects of the Institute’s mission, she particularly appreciates its holistic emphasis on freeing victims from the chains of trafficking and freeing buyers from the chains of sex addiction.

Micah graduated from Florida State University with degrees in finance and marketing.

She resides in Florida with her husband and two daughters.

Natalie Kehn

Director of Outreach & Church Engagement
ABOUT NATALIE

Natalie Kehn serves as the Director of Outreach at the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. In this role, Natalie develops community and church relationships, connects victims to resources and engages with local organizations equipping them to combat human trafficking.

For the past twenty years, Natalie has worked with women and youth in crisis serving in multiple roles including, Director of Client Services and Operations at A Woman’s Place Medical Clinic in Tampa, Florida. She has also spoken to thousands of high school students over the years, as Program Coordinator with the Impact Prevention Program.

Through her years working with ministries and organizations locally and throughout the country, Natalie has been driven by her uncompromising belief that every individual has dignity, and is passionate about advocating for the broken-hearted and the sexually exploited.

In addition to her responsibilities, Natalie serves on the Board of Directors for Love the Nations, an international relief group, Ships of Tarshish, a nonprofit TV company, where she has played a key role in producing a documentary on sex trafficking called “Blind Eyes Opened” and HER Lighthouse, the first
safe home for pregnant survivors of sex trafficking.

Natalie and her husband reside in Tampa and between them they are blessed parents of three adult children. They also enjoy spending time with their first grandchild.

JOHN LONG

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SAFE HOME
ABOUT JOHN

As the program director of the U.S. Institute of Human Trafficking’s Boys Safe Home, John Long runs its day-to-day operations and maintains a safe, positive environment where the Home’s young men can begin the journey toward recovery. The Safe Home is the first home dedicated to the care of male victims of sex trafficking under the age of 18 in the United States. In addition to working directly with the residents of the Safe House, John hires, trains and schedules all its staff. He also works to build relationships between the surrounding community, the Safe House, and its various partners and providers.

 

LANCE LEMMONDS

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
ABOUT LANCE

Lance Lemmonds currently serves as director of government relations and public affairs for the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking.

 

Originally from Arkansas, Lance Lemmonds has dedicated his career to service of others through his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. With twenty years of experience in public policy and political affairs, Lance has demonstrated his strong commitment to service by serving in the United States Army Reserve from 2003-2009 as part of Joint Special Operations Command, and he currently serves as a Reserve Police Officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. 

 

After receiving his Masters in Public Policy from Arkansas State University and a Bachelors in Journalism from Harding University, Lemmonds served Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as director of intergovernmental affairs. In 2000, he worked as a Deputy Regional Political for George W. Bush for President and as Special Assistant to President Bush in 2001. 

 

Following his work at the White House, Lemmonds served for two years as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas, where he directed campaign operations for Governor Huckabee, U.S. Senator John Boozman, and over 50 state legislative candidates. 

 

From 2003-2005, he was the Director of Marketing at iHeart radio. Lemmonds and his team at KSSN won the Country Music Association (CMA) Station of the Year Award in 2005 for outstanding community service and broadcasting excellence and accepted the award at the CMA Awards broadcast at Madison Square Garden. 

From 2006-2008 he was an account executive at Bozell and Jacobs, where he provided government and public relations support for clients such as Cirque du Soleil and the National Corn Growers Association. He has also held senior positions at the Congressional Sportsman Foundation and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.  

 

As Deputy Director of the Coalition for Public Safety and with the Faith and Freedom Coalition from 2015-2019, Lemmonds led efforts to secure passage of the First Step Act, the most impactful federal justice reform legislation in a generation. 

YVETTE HITE

CASE MANAGER
ABOUT YVETTE

I was born and raised by a single parent in New York City. I have always had the passion to work with youths.

Before becoming employed with the US Institute, I served as a behavior specialist, counselor and then house manager in several youth group homes for 25 years providing quality of care for high risk teen girls and behavior health youths in group home settings. I attended Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA for 2 years and received my AAS degree in Human Services.

When I relocated to Florida in 2015, I attended and graduated from St. Leo University with BA degree in human services with a study in psychology.

I am married to my husband of 25 years and a mother of 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren.

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