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Selah Freedom helps sex trafficking survivors get back on their feet.

The Hebrew word selah means to pause, rest and reflect – and sex trafficking survivors who are involved with Selah Freedom’s residential program have the chance to do just that. During the Rest Phase, survivors reflect and decide if they would like to move forward with Selah Freedom. In the Restore Phase, women receive a personalized education plan, medical aid, trauma therapy and job training. Survivors then enter the Relaunch Phase, which helps women live independently and solidify their education and career goals. The organization’s other programs include prevention, outreach and awareness, which focus on educating the community and actively preventing young girls from being trafficked.

Company Overview

Company Name

Selah Freedom

Year Established

2010

Profile

The Selah Way Foundation is a global network of leading anti-sex trafficking service providers dedicated to eradicating this issue on a global scale. By locking arms with well vetted, expert organizations in this movement, The Selah Way Foundation creates a solid system of care for survivors of sex trafficking. By the end of 2018, The Selah Way Foundation will reach its goal of raising $15 million (and by 2020, $55 million) to fuel its three initiatives: Prevention, Protection and Provision. These three initiatives will exponentially expand every year to eradicate sex trafficking on a global scale. ​

Core values/mission statement

Selah Freedom aims to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited. ... Selah Freedom accomplishes their mission and goals through four strong, proven programs: Awareness, Prevention, Outreach and Residential.

Company Leadership

Elizabeth Melendez-Fisher

President/CEO

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher is the Co-Founder and President/CEO of The Selah Way Foundation and Founder/CEO of Selah Freedom. Headquartered in the Florida Suncoast, Selah Freedom is a national not-for-profit that focuses on ending sex trafficking and exploitation. Fisher is passionate about protecting our own local American children. Since Selah Freedom's inception in 2011, she has led the organization with financial growth of over 200 percent annually. With her direction Selah Freedom has launched four nationally renowned programs: Safe Housing, Teen Prevention, Awareness and Outreach.

Laurie Swink

Vice President of Culture and Education

As a Special Education teacher in the state of Florida, Laurie Swink has focused on preparing people for their true purpose and potential since 1982. As Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and Vice President of Culture & Education, that goal continues to be her passion with survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation. In 2010, Laurie’s heart was moved to establish a residential home that would provide wrap around services for sex trafficking survivors so they could begin a life of empowerment. Today Selah Freedom is a global organization and provides services through prevention programs, residential care, awareness and outreach.

Meiko Taylor

Director of Prevention

Meiko Taylor spent eight years working in a residential facility with at-risk youth in foster care and on probation. After learning some of these teens had been sex trafficked, Meiko developed a passion for prevention.

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