Paula Heron is the founder and executive director for Tri 4 Freedom. Paula was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. Ten years ago she came to the United States to pursue a career in scientific research and graduated with a PhD in Physiology. Her experience in coming to a foreign country to pursue her dream struck a chord after watching the movie “Human Trafficking” in 2005. This movie along with her passion for triathlon is what set the stage for her anti-trafficking efforts and compelled her into action to form Tri 4 freedom, Inc.
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Marissa Castellanos (MSW) is the project director for Tri 4 Freedom, responsible for managing our victims services initiatives. Marissa received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Kentucky. Marissa works with Catholic Charities of Louisville as the Program Manager of Kentucky Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking, where she provides educational workshops and trainings on human trafficking, has assisted with development of a statewide anti-human trafficking coalition, and works directly with identified victims of human trafficking throughout Kentucky. Over the past three years, Marissa has provided case management services to more than 60 victims of either sex or labor trafficking and continues tracking statewide data on human trafficking cases in Kentucky. Marissa has provided trainings to Kentucky State Police, commonwealth and county attorneys, health care workers, and social service providers throughout Kentucky. Marissa is also an adjunct professor at St. Catherine’s College where she teaches courses in the departments of criminal justice and social work, including a course on human trafficking.
Lauren Foster is the managing director for Tri 4 Freedom, responsible for managing our fundraising operations. This is her story of what motivated her to become involved with Tri 4 Freedom: A couple of years ago the church I attend presented a documentary entitled Baht about a young girl sold into prostitution and forced to work in a brothel. It was hard to sit there and listen to the story of what happened to Sophea and think about the fact that she is just one in over 27 million who are forced into becoming victims of Human Trafficking. It broke my heart and still does. I wanted to help. Tri 4 Freedom has become one way that I am able to help support those victims of human trafficking, by raising awareness and funds. Our efforts might just be a drop in the bucket; however, it is our responsibility as human beings to be guardians for our brothers and sisters. “Do for one what you want to do for everyone.” Richard Stearns
Tri 4 Freedom is a proud partner of Rescue and Restore