Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization that provides the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of survivors and communities. Traffick Free seeks to mobilize the Chicagoland area into a place where human trafficking is unacceptable and where survivors have resources for immediate and holistic needs.
Traffick Free began in 2008 as a means of raising awareness and providing education on the local realities of sexual and labor exploitation in the greater Chicago area. Through an ever-growing partner network of city offices, churches, non-profits, and civic organizations, Traffick Free has worked to increase people’s understanding of human trafficking in our communities.
In early 2017, after six years of research with providers and survivors from around the country, Traffick Free opened Chicago’s first emergency and overnight drop-in center for all adult females who have been victims of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
We are ordinary people volunteering our time and talents to end human trafficking in Chicago. Human trafficking refers to the recruitment, transport, sale, or purchase of people for the purpose of economic exploitation. Traffick Free formed with the purpose of spreading awareness and push for proactive change so average citizens can play a part in the solution.
Our signature events have included the Freedom Forum and the 5K, which have engaged thousands of people across the Chicagoland area since 2008. We continue to maximize our relationship with churches, schools, NGOs, and law enforcement to conduct specialized trainings beyond the 101 level to include violence against the LGBTQ community, systemic violence against women, and labor trafficking. With a strong social media presence, Traffick Free has guided our followers on several perspectives regarding human trafficking.
Traffick Free has partnered with and assisted direct-service organizations such as long-term residential facilities and substance abuse clinics. This networking has allowed us to meet emergency needs for survivors of both sex and labor trafficking as case managers in the past and now through our own drop-in center.
Let’s build a new world — one that is Traffick Free.
For general inquiries, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For referrals to the drop-in center, please contact: email@example.com
|Laura Ng, MSW||Executive Director|
|Ashley Anderson||Digital Marketing Manager|
|Beth Swanson||Creative Director|
|Brooke Hennen||Development Associate|
|Carina Homann Santa Maria, LMSW||Director of Community Education|
|Chris Weseloh||Technology Director|
|Christina Gaytan||Case Management Intern|
|Danielle Morales-Klima||Communications Director|
|Haley Pessina||Research Specialist|
|Jamelyn Lederhouse||Development Specialist|
|Lindsey Estupinan||Operations Director|
|Marci Ziemba||Development Associate|
|Sari Latomaa||Drop-In Shift Supervisor|
|Richelle Hennen||Volunteer Management Associate|
|Sara Carlson||Special Events Director|
|Sharon Whited||New Volunteer Engagement Manager|
|Virginia Dickman||Marketing Director|
Traffick Free is a registered 501c3. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.