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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Freeing Modern Slaves with Selah Freedom- an interview with Elizabeth Melendez Fisher on Uncommon Giving


The Rock the World Network is a community of uncommon givers. The Uncommon Giving show features the leaders of charities, foundations and corporations rocking our world. Chicke Fitzgerald interviews Elizabeth Melendez Fisher. The original live interview was on 12/7/2012.

This episode is #62 of all time in the top 100 shows on Solutionz Live!

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher is the founding President/CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota focusing on ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Join us for this provocative discussion about a problem that many don't like to discuss - human trafficking.   

Florida is one of the top 3 states in the US for sex trafficking.  The shocking facts regarding sex trafficking in the US include:
  • From 100,000 to 300,000 children are taken into sex slavery each year in the US.
  • A girl or boy can be sold (used) from about 15 to 40 times PER NIGHT
  • The average age for girls to be trafficked is 12 to 14, but victims can also be much young
 Since 2011 Fisher has built Selah Freedom into a strong organization, raising close to half a million dollars in the organization’s first fiscal year, in order to raise awareness for the growing national issue of human trafficking and providing victims with comprehensive restorative care. Under Fisher’s direction, Selah Freedom offers a 12-month Residential Recovery Program which includes mentoring services, support and recovery groups, counseling, life-skills training, GED support and job placement. Fisher’s team works with Bradenton and Sarasota law enforcement, prisons, outreach groups and government officials to identify victims, raise awareness for human trafficking and sexual exploitation and enact change.

Elizabeth Fisher will share Selah Freedom's story and tell us how they are tackling not only the issue of freeing modern slaves, but how to reintegrate them back into society so that they can live productive, healthy lives.

 To listen to the show click HERE
Selah Freedom's website is  http://selahfreedom.com/
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