FEE names new executive director to lead anti-trafficking fight

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FEE Founder Karri Hemmig, right, introduced new executive director Michelle Peterson, left, to a local hero at the Siena Center. Racine Dominican Sister Rose Marie Anthony won the Community Policing Award for her work in fighting human trafficking.

Fight to End Exploitation, a Racine-based advocacy group, has announced a change in leadership. Karri Hemmig has left her role as executive director role after launching the organization and serving in a leadership capacity for four years. She will now move into an advisory position with FEE while continuing her advocacy work with Racine Police Department.

Fight to End Exploitation helps prevent conditions that foster human trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin through education, specialized training and outreach efforts.
“FEE had the daunting task of finding a new leader,” wrote Neal Lofy, FEE president on the group’s website. “Many high caliber candidates applied. We were looking for a candidate who strives for excellence, who loves to serve and exemplifies the qualities of a servant leader.”

Added Lofy: “As the president of FEE, it is with great inspiration and excitement that I get to introduce you to our new executive director, Michelle Peterson. Michelle has passion and is looking to join the fight against human trafficking, helping in directions yet unexplored.

“While FEE will continue to be the leading organization, we are in the fight against human trafficking, Michelle brings a fresh perspective, new ideas, and her unique style to FEE.”

“This transition will allow Karri to continue to develop more robust training, like the upcoming Law Enforcement Conference, wrote Lofy. “Karri embodies changing the world for others, and we have been fortunate to have her in the (executive director) role for as long as we have.”

Fight to End Exploitation works to prevent conditions that foster human trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin through education, specialized training and outreach efforts.

FEE) is a 501 (c)(3) organization and collaborative network that advocates for human trafficking victims and educates the community. Formerly known as Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking, FEE is a recognized leader against human trafficking.