Selah Freedom is a national organization providing education and training throughout the country, as well as teen prevention, outreach, and safe housing in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. Selah Freedom’s national headquarters is located in Sarasota, Florida.
Selah Freedom actively confronts the issue of sex trafficking and is being upheld as the model for how to effectively bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking & exploitation.
Selah is a Hebrew word which means to pause, rest, and reflect. We give survivors a chance to do just that. Women in our programs have an opportunity to dream again; to discover who it is they were created to be.
Guest Speaker at LWRWC 11/9/2017 Meeting
Charlene Pillot, from Selah Freedom
Charlie grew up in a small town in Ohio in a time when life was good and all seemed normal and easy. She moved to Florida right out of high school and has 30 years of experience in owning and managing several different companies. In 2005, She retired from the corporate world and stepped into the world of real estate investor and entrepreneur. She is very active in Toastmasters International. Charlie has a passion for mentoring women who find themselves in prison and are in the process of transitioning back into the real world. SELAH FREEDOM is honored now to align with Charlie who is a voice for those caught in the prison of Human Trafficking.
- Selah Freedom was founded in 2010 because 3 women saw a need to do something about the growing epidemic of domestic violence and sex trafficking plaguing our community. They serve girls ages 18-32.
- Sex trafficking and exploitation is a growing problem in which organized crime is getting very involved. Women are considered “disposable” and are sold over and over. Some girls have been branded with tattoos.
- Florida is a hot spot and is 3rd in the nation for trafficking. Because of the highway systems in the Midwest, it is considered a haven. Girls are easily transported.
- Girls are often sold at conventions and sporting events
- Selah is trying to change the way the victims of sex trafficking are looked at. They are now being viewed as victims, not predators!
- Selah is Hebrew for pause, rest, or reflect. Selah Freedom exists to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited and serves thousands of survivors and at-risk teen girls
Programs provided include:
Residential – two campuses provide a personal education plan, trauma therapy, job placement, legal and medical aid, pet therapy, horse therapy, life skill. 75% of survivors in the residential program have not returned to the street. Selah Freedom has given them a new beginning, a safe home, strength. Girls are assessed for 10-14 weeks to see if the residential program is a good fit. If it is, they are moved to a safe house. When they are ready, they move to independent living. Selah is always there to “walk along with them.”
Prevention – Serving at-risk teen girls with a 90% success rate at preventing them from being commercially sold. Self-esteem classes are a very important component. For younger children, ages 12-17, prevention is the key.
Awareness – Educating law enforcement, the judicial system, legislators, students, schools, and non-profit organizations. Speakers are available to these organizations.
Outreach – Serving survivors on the streets and in the jails and partnering with law enforcement, the FBI, and the State Attorney’s office through the TYLA program (Turn Your Life Around) – a 12-18 month program that once completed, prostitution records can be expunged.
“Selah Freedom has given these girls a new beginning, a safe home, strength to believe in themselves, and have helped them to think of themselves as smart, unique, and valued”, Ms. Pillot stated.
During the Q& A, the question was asked, “What can we do? “
Ms. Pillot explained: “Raise your hand, get involved as a volunteer. Donate items to the Selah Vie upscale resale boutique in Bradenton.“
“Host a “party with a purpose” with friends. A speaker from Selah Freedom will come to talk.” she concluded.
The national hot line if you see something suspicious call 1-888-373-7888