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, 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 a degree in Hospitality & Food Management and Business at Ball State University, Audrey worked as a sales manager at a hotel in Carmel, Indiana. While she loved using her degree for 3 years, Audrey knew God was using her interests and passions to move her in a new direction. She now works at a local coffee shop in downtown Indianapolis which gives her more opportunities to meet people and serve others through Purchased. She began facilitating My Life My Choice classes in 2016 and is excited to start as the ALLIES Program Coordinator for Purchased. 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 modern day slavery 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsey is a born and raised Hoosier, graduating from Indiana University with a bachelors degree in 2008. She has worked with several social services agencies over the years and has a strong passion for working with children and families to create positive, safe environments. Lindsey lives with her husband and 2 children in Fishers and her hobbies include baking, traveling and watching movies.
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!
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.
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.