Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization that provides the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of survivors and communities. Traffick Free seeks to mobilize the Chicagoland area into a place where human trafficking is unacceptable and where survivors have resources for immediate and holistic needs.
Traffick Free began in 2008 as a means of raising awareness and providing education on the local realities of sexual and labor exploitation in the greater Chicago area. Through an ever-growing partner network of city offices, churches, non-profits, and civic organizations, Traffick Free has worked to increase people’s understanding of human trafficking in our communities.
We are ordinary people volunteering our time and talents to end human trafficking in Chicago. Human trafficking refers to the recruitment, transport, sale, or purchase of people for the purpose of economic exploitation. Traffick Free formed with the purpose of spreading awareness and push for proactive change so average citizens can play a part in the solution.
Our signature events have included the Freedom Forum and the 5K, which have engaged thousands of people across the Chicagoland area. With a strong social media presence, Traffick Free has educated our local followers and beyond on all forms of human trafficking.Traffick Free has partnered with and assisted direct-service organizations such as long-term residential facilities and case-management agencies. This networking has allowed us to meet emergency needs for survivors of both sex and labor trafficking.In addition, we have maximized our relationship with churches, schools, NGOs, and law enforcement to conduct specialized trainings. Partners have included the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force; the Chicago Department of Labor; the Black Star Project; the YWCA; the South Loop Church; Northwestern University; and Loyola University.
Let’s build a new world — one that is Traffick Free.
For general inquiries, please contact us via email: [email protected]
|Laura Ng, MSW||Executive Director|
|Ashley Anderson||Digital Marketing Manager|
|Ashley Maiden||Program Development Intern|
|Azra Halilovic||Communications Advisor|
|Brooke Hennen||Development Associate|
|Carina Homann Santa Maria, LMSW||Director of Community Education|
|Chris Weseloh||Technology Director|
|Danielle Morales-Klima||Communications Director|
|Haley Pessina||Research Specialist|
|Jamelyn Lederhouse||Development Specialist|
|Kelsey Teegen||Development Director|
|Marci Ziemba||Development Associate|
|Mili Sheth||Intern Program Manager|
|Richelle Hennen||Volunteer Management Associate|
|Sara Carlson||Special Events Director|
|Shannon Ferguson, MPPA||Program Development Director|
|Sharon Whited||New Volunteer Engagement Manager|
|Virginia Dickman||Marketing Director|
Traffick Free is a registered 501c3. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.