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? Voices of Freedom is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Freedom team members. We’re here to cover it all, from human trafficking research and laws to personal stories from the community. We 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 20, 2024 56 mins

Unlock the power of personality in the workplace! Join us on the next episode of Voices of Freedom as we delve into the fascinating world of Enneagrams with Enneagram expert, Susan Alexander

We chat about how understanding Enneagrams can transform your work environment and relationships. Don't miss out - tune in for valuable insights and practical tips!

Grab our Enneagram workplace resource here!


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One of our main goals at Freedom a la Cart is to help end the generational trauma of human trafficking. Many of the individuals we serve have had family members before them who have also been human trafficked. 

On today’s episode of Voices of Freedom, Amber Michael MSW, LSW, CTP shares about the effects generational trafficking and trauma has on families. 

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This week on the Voices of Freedom podcast, our guest Kwami shares his lived experience of child labor trafficking. 

Kwami’s parents were promised their child would receive a proper education if he came to the U.S., and while he did attend school, it came at a great cost. 

Join us as Kwami opens up about his journey and discusses the impactful work he's now doing to support male survivors of trafficking. It's a story of res...

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Khalila didn’t even know her real name until 2020, her story will shock you! Tune in to this week's episode of Voices of Freedom to hear Khalila’s story, and get an inside look at the gray market and the impact this had on Khalila’s life. 

Purchase Khalila’s book here.


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This week Jasmine Myers joins us and shares how systemic barriers + challenges contributed to her familial trafficking experience.

Jasmine is a force to be reckoned with and has continued to pick herself up by her bootstraps and is continuing to pave her way in this world, against all odds!

Tune in to hear how you can be a part of the change for future generations.

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In this episode, we chatted with Nick and Tiera from We Amplify Voices about using art as a tool to help process trauma. Learn more about the impactful work WAV does and how you can incorporate art into your day by tuning in!

Also, a special shout out to WAV for providing us with our intro music on our podcast!

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February 1, 2024 40 mins

In this week's episode, we welcomed Lacey and Lila, from Pocket Blonde Fitness who joined us to have a conversation about the correlation of mental + physical well-being. 

Lacey shares her vulnerable journey towards sobriety and the challenges she faced getting there. Her narrative unfolds as a testament to resilience, revealing how she sought refuge in exercise to channel the trauma she confronted.

Lila + Lacey talk about the p...

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January 17, 2024 28 mins

Did you know traffickers are typically NOT STRANGERS to their victims? This is a startling reality – most victims know, and often trust and love, their trafficker.

We are kicking off season 4 of the Voices of Freedom podcast with Yvonne from PACT. In this episode, we explore the red flags of human trafficking, providing guidance on identifying signs in potential victims.

Discover PACT's educational opportun...

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Amy Flowers, an attorney with Ice Miller, shares the importance of record expungement for human trafficking survivors and gives us an inside look at what the expungement process looks like. 



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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August 29, 2023 42 mins

This week on Voices of Freedom we chatted with Survivor Leader Teonna, who shared her holistic approach to recovery and how she has adapted a holistic approach to other areas of her life. 

Tune in to hear how you can start implementing a more natural approach to supporting your daily life! 🌿

Here are a few resources provided by Teonna:

Herbs to keep on hand:

+ Ginger: great for tummy

+ Mullein leaf: for mucus

+ Turm...

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On today's episode, we give you an inside scoop of our Workforce Development Program featuring, Vanessa and special co-host Dorie. 

Vanessa takes us on a journey of how our program developed, what the phases look like within the program, and shares how YOU can help serve our participants. 


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June 13, 2023 32 mins

This week's episode is unique and exciting because we had a male survivor join us and share an inside look at his lived experience. 

John-Michael Lander is a former Olympic diving contender and sexual abuse survivor. As a 14-year-old Olympic-bound athlete, the adults entrusted in John-Michael’s training groomed and trafficked him into silence. Through writing, speaking, and consulting, he helps individuals and organiz...

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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. 


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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. 


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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. 

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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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