Jessica’s heart was first tugged by the issue of human trafficking in 2007 during a visit to Nepal. When she returned from her trip, she knew there was a calling on her life to be a part of the abolition movement by educating the Indianapolis community and inspiring others to participate in ending human trafficking. In 2011, she founded the non-profit, Purchased, and since then, has educated thousands of Hoosiers on the issue, and established programs to serve survivors of trafficking and their families in Central Indiana. Jessica is a certified and seasoned facilitator of the nationally recognized My Life My Choice curriculum, co-creator of the "What Would I Do?," prevention curriculum, utilized statewide in Indiana, and a member of the Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans Task Force. She is a 2003 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and holds certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from IU. She recently received achievement awards from the Women Like Us foundation and Indiana Youth Services Association for her contribution to anti-trafficking efforts in Indiana.
After acquiring her college degree and using the skills learned in the corporate world, Audrey knew God was using her interests and passions to move her in a new direction. Since leaving her full time job and trusting what God was doing in her life, she began working part-time jobs to allow her the flexibility to be available to the needs of Purchased. She began facilitating My Life My Choice classes in 2016 and is excited to focus on leading the ALLIES Mentorship Program. Audrey has witnessed the realities of human trafficking and wrestles with wanting to do more for those trapped in this darkness around the world. She had the opportunity to visit Rapha House in Cambodia where God used that trip to confirm her desire to bring awareness of, and to help end the cycles of trauma specifically in the Indianapolis area. She is extremely passionate about practically serving others in the likeness of Christ no matter where she may find herself, and believes her one mission is to bring hope of the Gospel and restoration of life to those bound by the chains of human slavery.
Liz is a recent college grad from Purdue University, where she received a degree in Political Science and Entrepreneurship. In High School she went on multiple trips to Haiti where her passion for anti-trafficking efforts started. After spending a summer in Haiti, she started researching ways to become more involved in the Indianapolis area and quickly became passionate about combating the issue of human trafficking locally. After researching this topic Liz realized this issue is still extremely prevalent in her own city, which completely broke her heart. In the summer of 2017 Liz was a Survivor Support Intern and loved it so much she wanted to be involved again after graduation!
After graduating from Ball State, Sarah became a Special Education teacher in Indianapolis. Having summers free as a teacher opened the door for her to travel. Her first trip was to Rapha House in Southeast Asia where she spent time with more than 60 survivors of sex slavery. These young girls’ stories opened Sarah’s eyes to the vast injustice of child slavery and deeply moved her to get involved. Since that time, Sarah has returned to Rapha House each summer to continue learning and using her gifts of teaching. Knowing child slavery is not only in Southeast Asia, Sarah was burdened to get involved at home in Indianapolis. In 2008 Sarah began doing outreach to prostitutes and joined the Purchased team.
Ramla's career working with vulnerable populations began after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Ball State University. It was after obtaining her Master's Degree in Social Work from IUPUI, that the deeper work began. She's been working with parents and children who have experienced abuse and trauma, with an emphasis on building a healthier life for themselves and their families. Her connection with human trafficking in Indiana began after spending time with a friend who was very passionate about this work. Through her, she learned about the local need and began thinking about what could be done to help. She joined the team of women working to develop mentoring program that would become what Purchased calls ALLIES today. Ramla greatly enjoys spending time getting to know the girls seeking support and the women who have volunteered to support them. While this can be emotionally draining work, it's extremely rewarding to work with an exceptional team that continues to inspire her to live the life God has for me. The love and support of her family enables her to continue to do this work and for that, she is truly grateful.
While studying at Indiana Wesleyan University, Laura heard the stories of a few women in India. These women had been trafficked, and their stories were just a few out of many. Laura began to find her heart drawn towards these women even though she didn't know them and began to pursue ways to get involved. The first simply being to purchase fair trade items providing a way out for trafficked women. She then had the opportunity to spend some time in Nepal and India, to actually meet some of the women behind the stories she had heard. Her heart was changed. Her awareness began to expand as she got connected to Purchased through an internship in 2014. The reality of trafficking happening in Indiana, even in the town she grew up in was sobering. Laura feels honored to be a part of Purchased's team of people, helping other people become aware of this reality, and hopefully playing a small part in a trajectory of change.
Kareema Boykin is a social worker who works with children, adolescents and some adults who have experienced some form of trauma. Some examples include childhood sexual abuse, rape, witnessing or being a victim of domestic violence, homicide, suicide and other traumas. Kareema believes her purpose is helping people. She was the kid in first grade that raised her hand and said, “I want to help people when I grow up.” Kareema works for the Legacy House where she advocates for children and adolescents and facilitates positive changes in their lives. Kareem has worked for the Marion County Health Department, Future Promises Program and the Children’s Bureau. Kareema holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University. She serves as the President of Indiana University School of Social Work Alumni Association. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Kalyn graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors degree in Applied Health Science with a focus in human development and family studies. While working in a residential treatment program after college, her eyes were opened to the human trafficking happening right here in Indiana. She developed a strong passion for working with adolescents and survivors to create positive relationships and safer environments, while also improving self esteem. She believes that even small gestures can make a large impact, and is inspired by Purchased everyday to spread awareness.
Schawayna Raie is an Inspirational Recording Artist. The release of her single Who Will Cry (for the little girl) in April of 2015 gave an inside to her own personal struggle with child molestation, bringing awareness to sexual assault and her new found passion for human trafficking. Schawayna has been involved with the start up of many women's businesses through branding and strategic planning as well as her own non-profit. She now serves as a My Life My Choice facilitator for Purchased and is excited to continue to be a part of this anti-trafficking work.
Kathy works full time leading talent acquisition at Community Health Network, and loves this part of her life. She has been married for 27 amazing years and has 2 daughters, ages 20 and 22, plus 2 grown step daughters, and 10 step grandchildren (#11 on the way), and 2 adventurous dogs. She has volunteered with Purchased since 2016 and has been an ALLIES mentor for almost 2 years. Her relationship with her mentee proved to her that BOLD PRAYERS DO WORK and is reminded that God loves each of His children and sees each one as equals. This reminder encourages her to serve without judgment, following His greatest commandment to Love others well. Kathy is inspired as she watches her mentee’s faith grow through her baptism in October, 2016 (baptizing with water is key to many victims feeling clean). She shares with other girls her personal story of being trafficked first by family members (before age 10) and then “by friends” and how mentoring has given her hope and understanding that she can be loved by someone who doesn’t expect anything from her. Kathy feels that it is a joy and privilege to serve as one step of faith in the area of injustice in our community and world.
Amanda has worked with Trades of Hope, a fair trade organization since 2013. Early in her career with then she watched a documentary on human trafficking and sexual exploitation which featured one of their artisan groups. Her heart began to break for these woman and young girls. She knew she had to do something to work with women and girls such as these. Her journey began by volunteering for a jail ministry with her church. After a couple of years, she realized she wanted to be more relational. It was then she met Jessica and after several months began volunteering for Purchased as an Allie/Mentor. About a year after the volunteer process began, a Purchased staff position became available. So here she is today as an ALLIES Coach.
Elaine Banter has been an advocate for anti-trafficking efforts and youth mentorship throughout her education and professional career. She is currently serving (South) West Central Indiana as a Regional Coalition Coordinator with the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (ITVAP). She is a member of the Indiana Protection Against Trafficked Humans (IPATH) Taskforce serving on the Anti-Demand Working Group and Youth Working Group. Elaine graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Her passion for anti-trafficking work was first sparked while in high school after a brief introduction to what human trafficking looks like on a global scale. From that moment, she knew that she wanted to be active in anti-trafficking efforts and lifting the voices of survivors on a local level. She became a member of Purdue University’s campus chapter of International Justice Mission to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking, and began serving as a mentor with College Mentors for Kids. After moving to Indianapolis, she learned about the ALLIES mentorship program and found this allowed her to serve her community by pursuing both of her passions of anti-trafficking work and youth mentorship. She has served as a mentor with ALLIES since March 2019 and is honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the ALLIES team as a Coach. Elaine is also a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and will pursue her 500 hour certification in the fall of 2020. She plans to pursue certification and training in trauma-informed yoga to practice with survivors of exploitation and trafficking. Elaine spends most of her free time playing volleyball, watching New Girl and hanging out with her husband and new puppy, Stevie.
Emily is a graduate of Anderson University, where she received her BA in Psychology and Family Science. She went on to get her Masters in Social Work at Indiana University. Emily has worked in the mental health field for over five years as a clinical counselor with young girls who have been sexually abused as well as young men who have sexually maladaptive behaviors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Unconditional, a ministry dedicated to working with women in the adult entertainment industry, as well as volunteering with program writing and therapy for some of the women served by Unconditional. Emily began working with the Thrive Group at the recommendation of a colleague. Having worked with youth experiencing compound complex trauma, teaching and processing trauma with parents seemed to be a good fit. Emily is passionate about working with youth and families in order to come together to find ways of healing through adverse circumstances.
Sarah Clark, MSW, LSW, has been working with traumatized youth and families since 2005. Sarah's professional career began with supporting forever families through international adoption. Since then, she has worked with children and families from kinship adoption to foster or adoption placement to orphanages to reunification. Currently, Sarah serves individuals with behavioral and developmental disabilities to support them in developing full independence and richness in their lives, as well as educating caregivers and supports. With Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Vocal Music from Indiana University, Sarah is passionate about translating her professional education into tools anyone can use, including topics such as trauma, positive behavioral shaping, and interpersonal skills. Developing and facilitating the Thrive program has allowed Sarah to gratefully marry her skills and passions in service of families caring for young ladies served by Purchased. Sarah has particular interest in building whole, healthy families of many kinds, beginning in her own home with the loves of her life, her husband and two sons.
Chloe started as a volunteer for Purchased in early 2019. She holds a degree in Psychology from Bellarmine University, and she is passionate about volunteering and advocating for worthy causes. Starting with dance marathon in college, Chloe has consistently pursued non-profit volunteerism, event planning, and fundraising. After spending nearly five years in Louisville, Kentucky, Chloe made the move back home to Indianapolis and was looking for a way to get involved in the community. In a previous role that allowed her to work closely with nonprofits across the state, Chloe was struck by an event that was raising money specifically for victims of human trafficking in the state of Indiana. She has since grown deeply passionate in her desire for social justice, and she loves working directly with the women Purchased serves. When Chloe is not spending time with her mentee through ALLIES, she continues to pursue her Master’s degree in School Counseling, and she loves to read, go on walks, drink good coffee, and love on her pittie pup, Zola.