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.
Listen to us wherever you listen to podcasts. We can’t wait for you to join the conversation!
About Your Co-hosts
Hey guys! I’m Devin the Marketing Manager here at Freedom a la Cart. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks to the lake with my pups, Finn + Ava, trying local restaurants (anything with tacos I am there), shopping at small business boutiques, trying not to kill my plants, collecting honey from my bees and staying up to date on the latest Law & Order SVU episode (Olivia Benson is a Queen!).
Hi! I am Mandie, a woman/mother/wife in recovery from trauma, sex trafficking, and addiction. I am the resource manager here at Freedom a la Cart, providing services and support to the butterflies, which is our survivor community of women. Currently, I am in school working towards achieving a degree in forensic criminology. I love traveling to as many places as possible and really enjoy riding my Harley. My ultimate career goal is to help create/be a part of a restorative justice program for offenders.
season two episode one
In this episode, you will hear from Nicole Bromley, sexual abuse survivor, author, professional speaker, share her story and how it has impacted the rest of her life.
You can find out more about Nicole and her nonprofit, OneVoice here!
We hope you enjoy this LIVE episode!
season two episode two
In this episode of Voices of Freedom, our guest Hollie shares her story of being a sex trafficking survivor. Her story is very traumatic and she shares some of her deep traumas with us. She also shares how she has been dealing with her harsh childhood and what the process of healing is like for her.
We hope this episode leaves you with a better understanding of how scarily easy it is to fall into the sex trafficking world.
We want to thank Hollie for her vulnerability in sharing her story with us.
season two episode three
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 History Month– celebrating their culture every day!
Barbara left our audience with a powerful message – “share your voice!” 💚
season two episode four
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 Voices of Freedom podcast to share her expertise on this subject.
Theresa also shares how she got involved with the Anti-Human Trafficking community and about the nonprofit she started called The S.O.A.P Project.
season two episode five
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.
season two episode six
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 after Judge Herbert here at the Freedom a la Cart café + bakery — it’s the “Don’t Judge Me” sandwich. Come give it a try!
season two episode seven
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.
Learn more about Sophia and hear what she had to say on our podcast with the link below.
season two episode eight
Curious to know how Freedom a la Cart started, where the name came from, and what a social enterprise is exactly? 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 café anniversary! 🥳
season two episode nine
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! 💚