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


May 16, 2023 23 mins

Reducing the demand for sex starts with understanding why people solicit sex in the first place. Chris Stollar, author + educator, joins us on this week's episode to share an inside look at what he has learned from participants who go through She Has A Name's Solicitor Education Program

Chris also shares a story from Ryan, a Solicitor Education Program graduate, and tells how the program helped Ryan find a new ...

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Paula Lybrook joins us this week and shares an inside look at her journey of being a mom to a survivor of sex trafficking. Paula's story is real and vulnerable and we hope her words leave you looking inward on how you can take her lived experience and apply it to your own family. 

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay up to date on all episode releases, events happening at Freedom ...

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March 14, 2023 29 mins

This week Survivor Expert, Alicia Ley, joins us and educates on Familial Trafficking through her lived experience and expertise.

She shares how trust is built to normalize trafficking within a family, what grooming may look like, and the power of family secrets.

Alicia shares a couple of powerful quotes that we encourage you to take with you after listening to this episode: "We can't own what other peo...

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February 21, 2023 24 mins

Have you heard the term re-exploitation? 

On today’s episode, we dive into a conversation about the work Freedom a la Cart has been doing around re-exploitation within our organization. Guests Paula Haines, Freedom a la Cart CEO, and Jomel Spurlock, Director of Victim Services for the Human Trafficking Initiative + Freedom a la Cart board member share what changes have been made in our organization to better combat re-expl...

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October 17, 2022 13 mins

This week on Voices of Freedom, Liz with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) joins us and shares a little bit about her journey as a survivor leader, what TAT is, and what human trafficking training can do for our communities.

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay up to date on all episode releases, events happening at Freedom a la Cart, and more.

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September 23, 2022 35 mins

Have you heard of the term “trauma bond”? 

On this week’s episode of Voices of Freedom, Kaitlin Casassa, LISW-S, MSW, a PhD candidate in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University, joins us and helps educate us on what a trauma bond is, who it affects, and how we can help those affected. 

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay up to date on all episode releases, events happening at Fre...

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August 25, 2022 19 mins

This week on Voices of Freedom, our friend Kelly joins us from the anti-human trafficking organization Her Song. Their mission is to engage survivors of sex trafficking in building a new life by providing safe relationships, a healthy community of support, mental health care, life skills, and preparing them for work, education and achieving new goals. 

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay u...

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Find out what burns Caroline's biscuits on this week's episode of Voices of Freedom! Caroline shares the transformation she sees in women who were once living on the streets that are now ready to graduate CATCH Court. She also sheds light on the stigma of relapse and mental health and what we can do as community members to help end the stigma. 

We had quite a few laughs throughout this episode and we hope that yo...

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July 26, 2022 25 mins

What does life look like after living on the streets for years? It’s hard to imagine the level of strength it takes to leave a lifestyle of prostitution and substance use – but it is achievable. Our friend Nancy joined us for this week’s Voices of Freedom podcast and shares about the life she left and where she is now. 

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay up to date on all episode releases, events h...

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July 12, 2022 26 mins

Curious how you can help combat the opioid epidemic right here in Central Ohio? On this week’s episode of Voices of Freedom Mandie  + Devin chatted with two RREACT team members, Amy and Rachel,  who shared about what their team does, what impact Narcan has on our community, and how to help end the stigma around substance use.

Learn more about RREACT here.

Order Narcan here.

Watch Mandie + RREACT team mem...

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June 28, 2022 21 mins

How does one begin their mindful consumerism journey? Don’t freight! Mindful Consumerism Coach, Melanie, joins us on this week's episode of Voices of Freedom to share how she began her journey and shares a few tips to help you start yours! Melanie also shares the correlation between consumerism and labor trafficking.

We'd like to thank MGF Sourcing and the MGF Touch Foundation for their sponsorship ...

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June 1, 2022 36 mins

In this episode of Voices of Freedom, Jess shares what it's like being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community while sex trafficked. She explains how important it is to have a community of support around you and how even though you may be sober, you will still face daily life challenges.

We'd like to thank MGF Sourcing and the MGF Touch Foundation for their sponsorship of Eat Up Columbus- Freedom a la...

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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-year c...

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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

Thank you for listening today! Be sure to follow us on social to stay up to date on all episode releases, events happening at Freedom a la Cart, and ...

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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 a...

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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. 

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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 mins

 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 trafficki...

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