Amy L. Sebes, Founder

Amy has been a high school English and Psychology teacher for the past three decades in six U.S. states and six countries. She drafted the national anti-trafficking curriculum that has been used in selected Albanian middle and high schools for many years. She has served as an editor of numerous English language teaching materials and taught English on TV as part of the Educational Broadcasting Service in Korea.  In addition to her social work with sex trafficking survivors in Albania, she has also worked with former political prisoners in Burma, orphans in India’s largest slum, and at-risk high school students in Arlington, Virginia.

L. D., Albania Director

L. D. received a  Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tirana and developed her practice in the pediatrics division of Mother Teresa Hospital.  She has worked with the disabled and refugees as part of the Afghan Response project and is the co-founder of the Better Together platform created during the COVID 19 pandemic to assist vulnerable populations. She began working with trafficking survivors in 2016 with the URAT network and later with Different & Equal. For security reasons her name may not be publicized on this website.

Aida Abedini, U.S. Director

Aida has been an AAGW Board member since 2018, is originally from Albania, and works for the federal government in Washington, DC.  Aida has a passion for volunteering, and in addition to her new role as U.S. Director, she volunteers with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

D. F., Consultant

D. F. is a trafficking survivor passionate about helping those vulnerable to exploitation of any kind. She is fluent in three languages, has worked as an associate in the telecommunications industry, and is currently the mother of two and co-founder/sales manager of an innovative startup.  She believes strongly in the equality of all people and the importance of resiliency and hope. For security reasons, her name may not be publicized on this website.



E.C., President

E.C. is the ninth elected president of AAGW. Elections are an important step in empowering our members. E. is 21 years old and came to the shelter when she was 19. For reasons of security, her identity must be kept private in her country. 

Linda Reid, Communications Coordinator

Linda has been an AAGW volunteer since its founding, eager to assist in a small way the efforts of her longtime college friends with helping survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking in Albania. She spent 20 years working in college and Olympic sports publicity and now is a college and grad school admissions essay editor. In addition to sitting on the steering committee for the non-profit John R. Wooden Award, Linda has served on the Board of Education of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District in California since 2014. 

Alison McGann, Volunteer Coordinator

Alison met AAGW founder Amy Sebes while at Stanford University, and Alison has also been a volunteer with AAGW since its founding.  After earning her MA, Alison spent 10+ years as a researcher at NASA investigating aviation safety and automation issues.  She's held several volunteer positions in her local community and is a Research Analyst at West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

D. Sh., Lead Consultant

D. Sh. served as AAGW’s Albania Director for twenty years.  She has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and D & E since 1998. She has also served as a social worker, health educator, and community developer for Kinderhaus, Caritas Switzerland, and Caritas Germany. For security reasons her name may not be publicized on this website.  

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