Free for Life International

Freedom for all.

Franklin, TN   |  www.freeforlifeintl.org

Mission

The identification, assistance and restoration of victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Vision: Freedom for all.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Gabrielle Thompson

Main address

P.O. Box 682067

Franklin, TN 37068 USA

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Formerly known as

Free for Life Ministries

EIN

20-5678362

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The injustice of human trafficking respects no boundaries. Modern slavery is not a small problem, and it is not limited to a specific region or population. It is present in nearly every community, near and far. It is estimated that there are over 40 million people enslaved around the world today, with over 400,000 trapped in this exploitation in the United States alone (Global Slavery Index). The human trafficking industry generates profits of more than $150 billlion a year (International Labor Organization) -- more than the annual income of Nike, Google and Starbucks combined. The scope of this problem, combined with the impact on both individual survivors and society as a whole, are why Free for Life International is working to combat the injustice using a sustainable, multi-level approach.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach & Awareness

Free for Life works to equip individuals and strengthen communities through education and outreach. Our goal is to create concerned citizens who can identify and appropriately respond to potential trafficking scenarios around them. Every person educated is an opportunity to restore freedom to someone in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Free for Life developed a first-of-its-kind Prevention Curriculum to empower at-risk youth across languages, regions and cultures.

Traffickers are often not masked strangers taking children from their homes. More commonly, they look like family members, friends or significant others.

This is why the curriculum was created to teach youth about healthy boundaries, safe support networks and how to prevent, identify and respond to potential trafficking situations they may encounter.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Immigrants and migrants

Free for Life’s cornerstone program is border monitoring between India and Nepal. At our station — located in Panitanki, India — trained staff members identify warning signs and intervene to rescue victims. This unique approach is highly effective within the region, and one of the most ethical forms of rescue to exist.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Migrant workers

Free for Life currently partners with short-term facilities located near our border monitoring station, as well as a long-term home in Thailand. At our Thai home, women and girls live in a family-style environment, where there is no time limit on their recovery. The survivors are encouraged to stay until they have completed their education — an important step towards ending the multi-generational slavery in this region.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Free for Life provides one of the only survivor-focused scholarship funds in the country! Through this program, we walk hand-in-hand with survivors as they achieve their educational dreams.

FFLI scholarship recipients also participate in the Career Mentor Program, which pairs each with qualified mentors. These relationships assist students with professional and educational development as they prepare to step fully in their new lives of freedom.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals intercepted and restored to freedom from human trafficking or at-risk situations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Border Monitoring & Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Survivor Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Survivor Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals trained through human trafficking prevention curriculum

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Prevention Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be completed by 2026 (20th Anniversary)...

Award 165 scholarships to survivors of human trafficking and exploitation
Expand rescue initiatives in India to include Mumbai and Kolkata--increasing interception reach and support of male minors
Increase targeted support of the most vulnerable and underserved groups: Indigenous peoples, people of color, males, and those in the LGBTQ+ community
Expand support to the full spectrum of trafficking including domestic servitude, child soldiers, bonded labor, organ, and surrogate trafficking
Partner with 50 organizations serving at-risk populations through human trafficking prevention curriculum
Expand international reach to underserved regions and continents including Africa and the Middle East
Deepen relationships with the Hispanic community through prevention efforts in Latin America and the United States

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Free for Life International

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Geyerman

Rachel Harmon

PHD Candidate - Emory University

John Geyerman

SVP Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Stores - Saladworks

Tasha Lemley

Founder - The Contributor

Ellen Hagar

Daughters of Charity, Province of Saint Louise; Principal - Elizabeth Seton High School

Caylen Santos

International Programs Director - The Shalom Foundation

John Upperman

Vice President, Procurement - Thermo Fisher Scientific

Harvey Ma

Head of Food & Beverage - Roundel

Dr. Jim Chaney

Assistant Professor - Middle Tennessee State University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.