Who We Are


bethany-smaller-fileBethany Smith is the founder of Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY), a Lancaster, PA based organization that focuses on raising awareness about modern day slavery and helping individuals and groups to understand how they can make a difference. Her passion to abolish human trafficking began while helping to set up a refugee camp in Eastern Europe during the 1999 war in Kosovo. Bethany saw the issue of human trafficking from two perspectives; the first through the eyes of a woman who had been trafficked to a brothel in Italy through a promise of work and the second through the eyes of a former trafficker who had abducted children for the mafia in Eastern Europe. After returning to the U.S. Bethany quickly learned that trafficking is a part of our daily lives, it just looks different in different parts of the world. Her hope for NIMBY is that it would mobilize ordinary citizens into action against the scourge of human trafficking in their backyards.

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Speaking/Training Experience

  • Keynote speaker on women’s issues
  • Training on human trafficking issues to law enforcement, local advocacy groups, students and civic organizations
  • International speaking and outreach to survivors of sexual trauma in Serbia, Greece, Albania


Professional Qualifications

  • Co-chairs the Lancaster CASE Task Force, a county government initiative in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that focuses on child molestation, trafficking, prostitution and child abuse images.
  • Serves as the Pennsylvania State Advocacy Leader for the International Justice Mission.
  • Coordinator for the Lancaster Winter Women’s Shelter, located at the YWCA during the winter months.
  • Founding Chair of the Lancaster Anti Trafficking NetworkKnow-HT



  • Doctoral Studies in Formational Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Master of Arts (MA), Organizational Leadership, Azusa Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Social Science / Associate of Arts (AA), Criminal Justice, University of Maine