Our Story

Just Love was borne from our founders’ passion for helping minor survivors of sex trafficking. We believe that the women we serve are precious and wholly worthy of love and restoration. Why do we do it? Just love.

The Just Love Mission

In putting a complete end to human trafficking, we know we face insurmountable odds. That’s why we’re prepared to do what is necessary to make it as hard as possible for trafficking to exist. We care for those who have been victimized by filling the service gaps in our state, spreading education and awareness among our communities, and working with law enforcement and legislators to create stronger laws against trafficking.

The short-term vision of Just Love Worldwide is to build an organization capable of supporting full-time staff to raise funds and support while continuing to provide restorative services and education. With adequate support, we will open an emergency shelter that provides a safe and welcoming home atmosphere for women 18 years or older to rest for up to 90 days while long-term care is determined. We also want to open a long-term shelter that would provide care and restoration for up to 18 months. In addition to these adult solutions, we hope to also be providing short and long-term care for children affected by trafficking.

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The Team Behind Just Love

Meet the team! We’re a group of Maine women who all took different paths to end up in the fight against human trafficking. One thing we all have in common: we’re passionate about this work.

Nancy E Gallinaro

Nancy E Gallinaro

Founder and Executive Director

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Nancy E Gallinaro

Nancy E Gallinaro

Founder and Executive Director

Nancy was raised in a small town in Maine and began a long career in environmental protection in South Portland and Saco before moving to Florida in 1982. In 1992 Nancy relocated to Boston where she completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science while working as a Director at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. It wasn't until 2011 after returning to Florida that she learned about Human Sex Trafficking of minor girls. The realization that children were being sold for sex in eastern Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, was horrifying but learning that it was happening in the US and in Florida, meant something had to be done! Nancy worked with Hope for Freedom in Palm Beach Gardens Florida, training and ultimately working with minor female victims in a safe house. Returning to Maine in 2014 to be close to aging parents, Nancy established relationships with legislators, NGOs, law enforcement and service providers before starting Just Love Worldwide in 2017. The name just love comes from a time while working in a safe house and being asked, “how do you work with kids who have suffered such trauma and you have no experience or training to do so?” Her response, “I just love them.”

Meredith Philbrook

Meredith Philbrook

Chief Executive Officer

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Meredith Philbrook

Meredith Philbrook

Chief Executive Officer

Meredith grew up in Central Maine and has made a really cool journey back to Maine after a big adventure in NYC! To summarize, she followed her career aspirations to NYC over a decade ago and built a successful career in the fashion industry. While NYC became home, about 5 years ago she felt God gently nudging her to leave the busy, stressful, and competitive culture in NYC. So in another big move, she did what any woman would do and moved back to Maine to be a Lobster (person, I guess?) Person! After a summer of slinging lobsters, she decided to take some time, simplify life, seek God's purpose and plan, and took a job at Becky's Diner where she waitressed for 2.5 years. She is now on staff at Eastpoint Christian Church and runs The Point Community Center there. It is at Eastpoint where she first heard mention of human trafficking. She was shocked that it was happening HERE in our own community and knew she had to get involved and do something! It was shortly after that she met Nancy and started brainstorming together. It was during this time that God laid on her heart the idea for the Just Love Boutique to use her gifts in fashion for Him. She has a relentless, strong desire to love and come alongside these women who have suffered so much and show them how special and truly valuable they are...after all, they are all daughters of the King!

Mary Tibbetts

Mary Tibbetts

Chief Advisor/Survivor Lead

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Mary Tibbetts

Mary Tibbetts

Chief Advisor/Survivor Lead

Mary grew up in Portland Maine, the fifth of six children. As child she was sexually abused. Mary began running away at a young age and by age 12 she found alcohol. By the time she graduated high school, alcohol and drugs played a huge role and she left for Texas. Soon thereafter she became addicted to heroin and was trafficked over the next 4 years. She returned to Maine, and her alcoholism progressed and she spent the next 10 years in abusive relationships. Finally coming into treatment for substance use disorder in January of 1998 Mary began to rebuild her life and heal from the trauma she endured. She began a 20 year career with a Worldwide Diagnostic Company, retiring in 2015. Mary has always remained very involved in the recovery community, volunteering at the Maine Correctional Center for many years, working with others while mindful of her own recovery. She and her husband Ken own several rental properties and reside in Westbrook Maine.

“A long time ago someone helped me out of the darkness so today I’m able to bring someone into the light” - “God’s Grace is abundant!”

Karen Burnell

Karen Burnell

Director, Advocacy and Reform

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Karen Burnell

Karen Burnell

Director, Advocacy and Reform

Karen is a native of Portland Maine and in 2007, after a long career in pharmaceutical sales, she followed her passion to end human trafficking/slavery and opened Karma Fair Trade. She spent eight years growing the business, educating others about Human Trafficking/modern day slavery, and educating consumers about the source of the products they purchase. Through connecting legislators, non-governmental organizations and service providers Karen has gained a keen sense of policy and laws that need to change to wage war on human trafficking.

Nichole Cullen

Nichole Cullen

Director of Sponsorship and Outreach

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Nichole Cullen

Nichole Cullen

Director of Sponsorship and Outreach

Nichole is a Maine native who’s passion is connecting people and weaving influence throughout the community. She has built strong ties through Portland’s business community, Maine’s Real Estate Industry, several non-profits, and most recently Greater Portland’s recovery community. As a survivor of child domestic abuse, Nichole has keen insight toward the importance of providing safety, love, and a place of peace to heal from unjust trauma. Nichole was called to this mission through unmistakable acts of God and knowing what she knows, can not turn away from this cause. She joins Just Love Worldwide in hopes to be a conduit of light from God to survivors, in any way possible.

The Eastpoint Community

Eastpoint is a non-denominational church that is all about helping people take the next steps with God. They are about building relationships with one another and loving others as Jesus did. It is their hope that people feel at home and know that whoever they are and whatever they may believe, they are welcome. Eastpoint is a church that does not shy away from addressing and going up against tough issues in our community, like human trafficking. They are powerful partners with Just Love Worldwide in the fight to END human trafficking.

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Our Financials

As a nonprofit organization, we know how important transparency is, and we want your community and supporters to know how their donations are being used. As a brand new organization that’s less than a year old, we don’t yet have our first financial statements. When we receive our first 2018 statement, you’ll find it here.

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Let’s End Sex Trafficking

With your generous help, together we can put an end to sex trafficking in Maine and beyond. The money you donate to Just Love goes directly toward survivor recovery, sex-trafficking awareness, advocacy, and intervention.

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