meet the team!

our story:

Teach Against Trafficking started when Catherine and Suzanne attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in August of 2019. Attendees were tasked with developing a project that would reduce human trafficking in their communities. Teach Against Trafficking began as a single presentation that taught about consent, human trafficking, and legislation regarding human trafficking. After presenting their project proposal to the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club, Catherine and Suzanne realized the potential impact it could have on their community. It has since expanded into a broader educational initiative that seeks to end human trafficking through awareness and advocacy. 

Meet the team

Catherine Jacobson

Co-Founder,Program Leader 2019-2022
Catherine (she/her) is a member of the class of 2026 at Yale University studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She is passionate about ending human trafficking because of its disproportional impact on vulnerable communities which she sees firsthand in her rural town. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking can be a tool used by communities to reduce trafficking and encourage community engagement in advocacy.

Suzanne Vo

Co-Founder,Program Leader 2019-2022
Suzanne (she/her) is a member of the class of 2026 at Oberlin College with a passion for working with education-based social justice initiatives. She is drawn to the issue of human trafficking because of its prevalence on U.S. Route 15, a highway that runs through her home community. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking will raise awareness for human trafficking and serve as an educational resource for communities and schools across the nation. In college, Suzanne plans to study neuroscience, anthropology, and public health.

Erin DeSantis

Program Leader 2022-present
Erin (she/her) is a high school junior. She is passionate about providing others with factual information on and applicable actions against the issue of human trafficking. She hopes Teach Against Trafficking can help people make their families, workplaces, and communities safer. In the future, Erin plans to attend college to study political science.

Mariah Drexler

Program Leader 2022-present
Mariah (she/her) is a junior at Lewisburg Area High School. She is excited about Teach Against Trafficking and motivated to make a positive impact on her community while spreading awareness about serious issues. She hopes to continue to help Teach Against Trafficking grow and impact the lives of many by educating for the development of a more knowledgeable, prepared, and well-equipped community that can combat urgent situations at hand. In the future, Mariah plans to attend college and study computer science, mathematics, and ethics.