COURTNEY ALBERT, M.Ed., MA .
Courtney is the founder and president of Give Way to Freedom, a private operating foundation dedicated to enhancing the care and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking. She identifies potential projects, facilitates trainings, develops and analyzes surveys, and is skilled in providing individual and group counseling. Courtney worked as a psychotherapist for survivors of trafficking and torture at the Helen Bamber Foundation, London, UK and currently continues her direct client clinical work at Columbia County Mental Health. Courtney is a member of the Dutchess County Human Trafficking Taskforce and is on the board of directors of the Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse.
Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with honors, from the University of Rochester. She holds a Master’s degree (M.Ed) in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and a Master’s degree (MA) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. In addition, Courtney completed an intensive course in Somatic Trauma Therapy in 2012.
Courtney has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on human trafficking at agencies and conferences including; The 2016 New York State Police Crimes Against Children Seminar, Dutchess County Sheriffs, Family Services, Hudson River Housing, The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, The 2015 Building Bridges Conference, The Dutchess County Human Trafficking Taskforce, American Association of University Women, Zonta International London, Champlain College, University of Vermont, UNC Chapel Hill, the 2011 & 2014 Not Here Conferences in Maine, and the 2012 Tri State Not for Sale Conference in Stowe Vermont.
Edith Klimoski, the director of Give Way to Freedom since its founding, has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a concentration in Women’s Studies, College of the Holy Cross, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. Edith composed and was awarded four grants: one from the State of Wisconsin for a recycling/Habitat for Humanity project, and three from Rotary International for various global initiatives to assist disadvantaged youth. She is also currently Chair of the International Committee for the Rotary Club of Essex, Vermont and was a member of the Town of Essex Zoning Board for four years.
Kate D'Adamo is the Program Director leading the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Task Force for Give Way to Freedom. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University and an Master’s in International Affairs from The New School University. Kate comes to Give Way to Freedom with nine years of experience working for both community-based and direct service organizations on issues of exploitation and human trafficking, marginalized communities, HIV and informal labor. Her experience has spanned policy and issue advocacy, community building and leadership development, and expanding resources for under-served communities. Her current work focuses on building capacity and collaboration with diverse stakeholders to combat human trafficking in New Hampshire.
DEBORAH P. VOLK
Deborah P. Volk is a partner in the Burlington, Vermont law firm of Bothfeld & Volk, where her practice is limited to immigration and nationality issues. She has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1990. Ms. Volk has lectured at universities and attorney conferences, and she is a long-standing consultant to attorneys and judges both in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Volk addressed Members of Parliament, justice officials, members of the judiciary and other government policy-makers at the Canadian National Forum on Criminal Records. She participated on a panel covering immigration issues in the U.S. First and Second Circuits, attended by judges, U.S. probation officers and Vermont attorneys in federal practice. She was chosen by the Vermont Bar Association to serve on the Human Trafficking Task Force assembled to make recommendations and legislative proposals regarding human trafficking in the State of Vermont. Over the course of her career, Ms. Volk has represented a broad range of clients. Ms. Volk received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Boston University.
Elliot Gray, is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, as well as a Wealth Management Associate at Morgan Stanley in Burlington, Vermont. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Lawrence University and joined Morgan Stanley in 1997. At Morgan Stanley Elliot specializes in assisting with investment management and personalized client services. He brings his financial world perspective to the board at Give
Way to Freedom.