Living in Liberty was founded in February 2012 with the vision of providing support and assistance for women and children coming out of a life of commercial sexual exploitation. It aims to restore the dignity and freedom of victims by creating a safe, loving and nurturing community and providing opportunities for them to start new lives.
Women rescued and desiring a new life live at a Liberty safe house, receiving trauma-informed services including emotional and spiritual support, healthcare, education and skills training, food, clothing, legal counseling, and more. Living in Liberty works closely with law enforcement, social agencies, and other non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area to address the issues and needs of victims.
Trained volunteer teams conduct street outreach in several high-risk area communities. Team members are on streets praying and working to form relationships with local businesses, churches, community members and victims. In several of these communities, volunteers care for victims in outreach centers. Some outreach teams visit Pittsburgh area hotels and motels to educate staff about sex trafficking.
Living in Liberty also educates the community at large about sex trafficking, its prevalence worldwide, and its presence in our own communities in an effort to pull modern slavery out from the darkness and into public view. Through education, we hope that more people will become inspired to take action against this horrific issue.
To help support their work, Living in Liberty operates Repurposed, a resale shop located at 7805 McKnight Road. The store sells donated gently-used clothing, furniture and household items. It also provides clothing and household items to victims as well as job training and work opportunities for them. All money raised supports the work of Living in Liberty. A unique boutique within the store sells handmade items made by victims of human trafficking around the world.
Find more information about Living in Liberty, donating, and volunteering at livinginliberty.org, or on Facebook and Twitter, and by visiting the Repurposed store.