Professor Committed to Helping Others MacKenzie Riley Young | January 10, 2024

Thomas College professors do many incredible things – beyond classroom teaching, they are community advocates, committed volunteers, business owners, and more. The activities they’re involved in both make their lives richer, and bring richness and depth to the industries they teach about at Thomas. 

One professor, Steve Dyer, spends his time outside of Thomas as the Director of Not Here. Not Here is a human trafficking prevention and education organization. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Just Love Worldwide, a non-profit working directly with survivors of sexual exploitation and the public education of the issue of human trafficking. The two non-profits also team up to provide a court-ordered diversion program to men who have been arrested for soliciting prostitution in Maine.  

Professor Dyer has 26 years’ experience in law enforcement and is a Certified Human Trafficking Investigator. He’s been involved in legislation with this issue and uses his daily work with both organizations to update information that he teaches every semester in his Thomas classes on this topic. 

When asked how Professor Dyer handles such upsetting work, he says: “Seeing people go from victim to survivor then to thriver is what keeps me going.”  

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and we want to applaud Professor Dyer for his commitment to helping others in this serious and important issue.