Voices of Freedom

Voices of Freedom

What is sex trafficking? Does it really happen here? What’s being done about it? How can an individual like myself help the cause? Introducing Voices of Freedom, a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Freedom team members Devin and Mandie. We’re here to cover it all, from human trafficking research and laws to personal stories from the community. We will host a variety of guests including sex trafficking survivors, Freedom a la Cart team members, partner organizations, law enforcement officials, mental health & substance use professionals, and other human trafficking experts. Join us as we take the conversation deeper, elevate survivors and their stories, educate the community, and advocate for an important cause. We can’t wait for you to join the conversation! #yourvoicematters

Episodes

May 16, 2022 23 min

Dianne and Morgan share what it's like being a volunteer with Freedom a la Cart, what impact it has had on their lives, and how you can get involved. 

We definitely wouldn’t be where we are without these two incredible souls and the rest of our amazing volunteers! 💚

If you are interested in volunteering at Freedom a la Cart please check out our website here

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Curious to know how Freedom a la Cart started, where the name came from, and what a social enterprise is exactly? Listen to this week's Voices of Freedom episode to learn more about the café and Freedom a la Cart! 🎧

This week we sat down with our CEO, Paula, and our Social Enterprise Director, Carissa, to bring you a bonus episode that is all about the Freedom a la Cart social enterprise, in honor of celebrating our one-...

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We are so excited to share this week’s Voices of Freedom episode with you! Sophia Fifner shares about her journey with sexual assault, what it's like to help empower women, and the importance of volunteerism. 💪🏾

Join Sophia in her mission to raise awareness of philanthropy here

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This week the Honorable Judge Herbert joined us and we promise friends – it's a must listen! He shared how CATCH Court was developed and why, how men can get more involved in the anti-human trafficking community, and he even spilled the beans on how he felt going to speak at a prison, which may leave you surprised. 😯

Let us know what you think of this episode in the comments! 

P.S. we have a sandwich named after Judge Her...

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Jennifer Rausch joined us this week for an inside scoop on what its like to be an Attorney within the Human Trafficking Community.

Jennifer is the Legal Director within the Human Trafficking Initiative  at Ohio Attorney General's Office. In this episode she shares how her career has lead her to her current role within the Human Trafficking Initiative, what she has learned along the way, and how we can all do more. 

We hope you e...

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We know you probably are all aware that the Arnold Classic is coming back to town this week. While this is an exciting event to those participating we want to bring awareness to another important factor of this event. 

Large sporting events like this one also increase the amount of sex trafficking in our community. 

To help us share this information we asked best-selling author and survivor leader, Theresa Flores, to join us on the V...

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In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight our friends at the Black Women Rise Poetry Collective

In our latest episode of Voices of Freedom, we chatted with Barbara and Dorie, who are both involved with the collective. They shared how the collective got started, how it has impacted their lives, and what their hope is for its future. 

They also shared their perspective on what it means to be a Black woman during Black H...

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February 8, 2022 60 min

 In this week's episode, our guest Hollie shares her harrowing story of being a sex trafficking survivor. Despite her story being very traumatic, she vulnerably shares some of those deep traumas with us, including how she has been working through her harsh childhood and what the process of healing is like for her.

We hope this episode leaves you with a better awareness of how shockingly easy it is to fall into the sex traffickin...

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January 19, 2022 77 min

What better way to kick off 2022 than with a LIVE podcast featuring Nicole Bromley?! We enjoyed hearing Nicole share her journey in the Human Trafficking movement and we loved having audience questions.

In this episode, you will hear from Nicole Bromley, sexual abuse survivor, author, professional speaker, share her story and how it has impacted the rest of her life.

You can find out more about Nicole and her nonprofit, OneVoice he...

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On this week of Voices of Freedom, we had Christina Conrad with the FBI, join us!

This episode got deep quickly chatting about cards that you can find in Las Vegas.

Curious how to stop sex trafficking? Christina mic drops us with the simplest of answers.

Christina also shares with us how she because a Victim Specialist with the FBI and what she does in her free time.

Want to learn more about Child Survivor Day Camp? Click here: htt...

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This week we had Hannah join us to chat about her work within the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement and mental health.

Hannah shares with us about the impact CATCH had on her life, her new ventures with Porchlight & Sanctuary Night, and tips for bettering your mental health!

We know this episode is going to leave you motivated for change! We want to thank you for listening and remind you to use your voice, because your voice matte...

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We are so excited for you guys to listen to this week's episode! We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Dana, the Director of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force! 

Dana gives a good insight into what she does to help the human trafficking issue here in Central, Ohio.  

She tells us about her diverse team, what a 'John' is, and more! 

We hope you enjoy this episode and want to urge you to use your voice,...

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October 24, 2021 63 min

We are SO excited for you to listen to this week's episode with our fabulous guest, Rose! 

Rose has worked in our workforce development program for just over 18 months and has truly blown us away by her resilience and dedication to her own future. 

While at Freedom, Rose has graduated from CATCH Court and Amethyst, got her driver’s license through Freedom’s Driver’s License Reinstatement program, and continued to work toward acqu...

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Our friend Mandi Pierson joined us for this week's episode. We chatted about mental health, seeking help, what a relationship with your counselor may look like, things to do for a better mental health and more.

Mandi is a trauma informed co-director and clinician at Porchlight here in Columbus.

To reach out to Porchlight about counseling services or trauma informed workshops head to their page here

Thank you for joining the co...

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September 26, 2021 48 min

On this week’s episode of Voices of Freedom, we had the opportunity of sitting down and chatting with Gwen, the CATCH Court Program Leader. We talked about everything from Social Justice, mental health days, human trafficking and more. The truth she speaks will leave you with goosebumps! 

Thank you for joining the conversation! 

#yourvoicematters

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In this week's episode we sat down with Vanessa, a survivor of sex trafficking who shares her timeline of how she became a person who was sex trafficked. 

Vanessa's story is packed full of trauma but she also manages to see the funny moments in between the dark times, we hope you share a few laughs with us as well. 

Thank you for joining the conversation and we hope you share your voice, because your voice matters. 

#yourvoice...

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Okay guys -- bear with us as we learn to become professional podcasters! 

In today's episode you will meet Devin & Mandie, Freedom a la Cart team members. We will share who Freedom a la Cart is, what to expect from the Voices of Freedom podcast, and more! 

Next week's episode we will be interviewing one of the first survivor's in Freedom's workforce development program. 

We are so happy to have you join us!

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