Mar Brettmann, Executive Director, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), “Ending Sex Trafficking”
Mar Smith Brettmann, PhD, founded Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST). For ten years, Mar worked as a professor at universities in the United States, Malaysia, and the West Indies, where she taught courses in philosophy, ethics, and religion and published articles on human rights topics. In her research, she found herself increasingly concerned about the brutal exploitation of children, women, and impoverished laborers that takes place through human trafficking.
In 2011, Mar participated in a conversation of experts on human trafficking who were seeking to identify effective interventions to proactively prevent this victimization. The group recognized that businesses were absolutely key to prevention yet they were largely missing from the national response. BEST was created to fill that gap. As the Executive Director of BEST, Mar educates business leaders and provides them with tools to implement socially responsible strategies that prevent human trafficking.
Mar is the author of the book, “Theories of Justice.” She has a BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College and a PhD in Theology and Ethics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Mar resides in Seattle with her family. She loves to explore the outdoors by foot, kayak, bike, surfboard, or snowboard.