PRAESIDIUM • prɪˈsɪdiəm (latin)
Protection, Help, Guard.
Intelligence-driven advocacy in the fight against human trafficking. We connect stakeholders, datasets and communities to bring about change.
Praesidium Partners was founded by two former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents who saw the need to build relationships among stakeholders and share information regarding human trafficking in the United States. Based in Virginia, the Praesidium Partners team operates globally and advocates on behalf of the anti-trafficking community.
We help non-governmental organizations understand where and how to best apply their insight inside government at all levels and with other NGOs and private sector stakeholders to bring about change.
Robert Houston had a 27 year FBI career specializing in counterterrorism and transnational organized crime. Among other positions, he served as the Director of the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center, in management roles at the CIA Counterterrorism Center, and as an Assistant Professor at National Defense University. He has a MS in National Security Strategy and a JD.
Patricia Houston focused on counterintelligence and criminal investigation in over 20 years with the FBI. She is a certified undercover agent, and has a degree in international business.
Director of Outreach
Emily Cullum has nearly a decade of strategic communications and public affairs experience in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Emily began her career as a 9th grade math teacher with Teach For America and holds a degree in Economics from Wake Forest University.
Director of Strategy and Operations
Prior to joining Praesidium Partners, Elizabeth Ranade (Rahn-ah-day) Janis served as Ohio’s first State Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, where she led the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Through the Task Force, she worked in close partnership with state, local and federal partners to build Ohio’s comprehensive response to combat human trafficking. Elizabeth previously managed humanitarian aid programs for those impacted by disasters and crises around the globe through World Vision. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from the Ohio State University.
We engage experienced analysts and subject matter experts in full or part time roles as required to meet the needs of our clients and partners.
"The team at Praesidium Partners are real professionals and fantastic allies in the fight against human trafficking. They have a clear understanding of trafficking methodologies used to bring victims to the United States, exploit them and keep them in bondage. Praesidium Partners is a great addition to the anti-trafficking community."
Greg Virgin, President and CEO, RedJack LLC, and former NSA executive