ABOUT SELAH FREEDOM

Our History, Leadership and Mission

Who We Are

Selah Freedom is a nonprofit organization with the mission to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited through four strong programs: Advocacy & Awareness, Prevention, Outreach and Residential.

 

Selah Freedom confronts the issue of sex trafficking and is upheld as the model for how to effectively bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking & exploitation. Selah is a Hebrew word which means to pause, rest, and reflect. We give survivors a chance to do just that. Women in our programs have an opportunity to dream again; to discover who it is they were created to be.

 

In 2010, Selah Freedom's founders, Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, Laurie Swink and Misty Stinson, discovered the horrifying truth that local children were being bought and sold for sex right here in our own communities - that's right, American children! What began as the grassroots initiative of women from across the country to be a voice for the voiceless, has quickly transformed into a thriving organization with four foundational programs: Advocacy & Awareness, Prevention, Outreach, and Residential. Selah Freedom closely partners with law enforcement, legislators, and influential leaders to not only shed light on the staggering statistics, but we are working together to change those statistics by changing lives! 

 

Selah Freedom brings Awareness and Education to the community and organizations through their speakers bureau team, CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) 101 Course, law enforcement training and Organizational Mentorship. They also advocate for change through legislation. Their Prevention Program equips parents, youth and those who work with them, with the tools they need to avoid being manipulated by a trafficker and successfully prevents girls from being commercially sold. Our Outreach Program is active in the jail system and on the

OUR HISTORY

street and provides support groups, case management, and referral services to women currently in "the life", as well as a prostitution court diversion program. We provide Residential Programming for survivors of sex trafficking that includes a personalized educational plan, job placement, trauma therapy, life skills, medical and legal assistance, and holistic restorative care. As we bring light into the darkness of sex trafficking, we see victims transformed into survivors!

At Selah Freedom we celebrate the diversity of all people. We understand the critical importance of diverse representation of our staff and the youth we serve throughout our conversations, research, outreach and prevention and programs. We are dedicated to expanding our model in diverse communities and advocating for all youth to be included in our work to bring light into the darkness of sex trafficking.

Meet Our Team

Selah Freedom is honored to have survivors on our staff serving in all programs and we are continually adding more. 

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good

CoFounder/CEO

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Selah Way Foundation and Selah Freedom and a published  Harper Collins Author of Groomed..

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Laurie Swink

CoFounder/VP of Culture & Education

laurie Swink is the Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and The Selah Way Foundation. Her  passion and  goal is to prepare survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation for their true purpose and potential.

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Paula Meyer Besler

Regional Director of Philanthropy & Awareness

Paula Meyer Besler has been a lifelong advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and has a passion to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking in our country. Her mission is to raise awareness, create strategic partnerships, advocate for and advance legislation, and garner individual and corporate support to combat this epidemic in America.

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Marcia Preston

Regional Director of Philanthropy & Awareness

Marcia Preston has served in leadership roles for over 20 years in building collaborative partnerships, development resources, strategic event planning, project grant evaluation and organizational leadership. She is passionate about connecting the philanthropic community with high-impact giving opportunities which will save lives and eradicate sex trafficking.

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Dr. Jason Quintal

National Clinical Director

Dr. Quintal specializes in training and development and in the treatment and resolution of complex and complicated trauma, PTSD, grief, guilt & shame, childhood abuse and sexual violence. 

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Sarah Pizkor

Programming Coordinator

Sarah is passionate about serving survivors recovering from trauma, helping them discover their true value and accomplish their dreams and goals. 

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Dede Jones

 Outreach Coordinator

Dede has over a decade of experience in victim services has allowed her to provide excellent services to  this population. She is certified in facilitating Moral Recognition Therapy and possesses years of hands-on experience providing her with insight into addiction/drug abuse and its effects on survivors. 

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Brent Woody

General and Policy Counsel

Brent Woody provides in-depth analysis of the effect of local, state, federal, and international human trafficking policy and laws that affect Selah Freedom.

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"I am happy here. For the first time since

I can remember, I feel truly loved." 

-Selah Freedom Survivor

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In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1050, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY) or https://ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).