Mary Speta is a researcher, educator, speaker, and advocate in the movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. She serves as Chief Impact Officer for Amirah, overseeing the organization’s public education, policy, and fundraising efforts. In her role, Mary trains service providers, law enforcement professionals, organizations, and communities, not only to equip them to respond wisely and ethically in helping victims, but also to change systems that enable exploitation. Mary utilizes her own lived experience of commercial sexual exploitation as well as her research on domestic sex trafficking to break down myths and inform policy advocacy efforts. Additionally, she leads Amirah’s advancement strategies as the organization grows its service capacity. She serves on multiple legislative advisory committees throughout New England as an anti-trafficking policy adviser and consultant. Mary is currently pursuing a doctorate in law and policy at Northeastern University, where her research focuses on expanding access to effective, survivor approved exit and aftercare approaches. She also holds a master’s degree in administrative sciences from Boston University and completed her undergraduate studies at Gordon College.