Friday, March 21, 2014

More Housing For Trafficked People: Selah Freedom Opens Doors to Second Safe House

Selah Freedom Opens Doors to Second Safe House
The nonprofit organization will now serve more human trafficking victims than ever before

SARASOTA, Fla. – March 20, 2014 – Selah Freedom, a Florida-based nonprofit organization committed to confronting the issue of human trafficking, is preparing to open the doors to a second safe house to transform more human trafficking victims into survivors.
The second home will be located in Hillsborough County, expanding upon the organization’s reach from Manatee and Sarasota counties. This is a brilliant move that will expand the organization’s presence and power to fight human trafficking, a $32 billion criminal industry.
“Sadly, ever since the doors opened to our first safe house, we had to turn countless women away due to a lack of space,” stated Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, President and CEO of Selah Freedom. “With the addition of this new home in Hillsborough County, we are grateful for the opportunity to help more victims become survivors.”
The safe house, set to open its doors to victims this spring, is being furnished by various local Major League Baseball families. While in the house, residents will go through Selah’s restorative program, which lasts for a year. Throughout this program, the women learn basic life skills, take educational courses, have sessions with therapist Dr. Jason Quintal and have one-on-one interaction with human trafficking survivor and advocate, Connie Rose.
“We feel it is essential to keep growing so we can serve more human trafficking victims. Now, more than ever, any donation to Selah Freedom is needed. With the help of donations of any amount, we are able to expand our programs to get these young women off the streets, into our safe homes and return them to society as better people,” stated Fisher.
Selah Freedom raised $60,000 in January alone, which will help fund the programing for both safe houses as well as expand the services the nonprofit provides. Additionally, the Pentecost Foundation has granted the nonprofit with a second $250,000 matching grant challenge to help raise money to fund Selah’s expansion and effort to stop human trafficking.
To donate to and support Selah Freedom, visit, email or call 941-302-2299.
About Selah Freedom
Based in Sarasota, Fla., Selah Freedom’s sole focus is ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Started in 2010 with guidance and mentoring from Atlanta-based and nationally renowned, Wellspring Living, Selah Freedom offers survivors the life-changing services and tools necessary to free themselves from this type of exploitation through support and recovery groups, as well as a holistic residential restorative program. For more information, or to donate, visit

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