To end human trafficking in Northwest Louisiana by empowering coalition members
to provide the best quality service, educating the community, and effecting
change in policy.
What is the F.R.E.E. Coalition?
The FREE Coalition is a program of the YWCA of
Northwest Louisiana that is comprised of a diverse group of over 30
organizations in the community, including local and federal law enforcement,
victim service providers, the Child Advocacy Center, and juvenile justice.We
have focused our efforts over the past five years on child sex trafficking in
the Shreveport-Bossier area, and members of our coalition have trained over
3000 individuals in 2016 alone.
How does F.R.E.E. work?
There are entities in Northwest Louisiana working tirelessly against commercial
sexual exploitation of children; the Coalition brings those forces together to
share resources and enhance their collective efforts. FREE serves as a public
face for the cause and a place for individuals and organizations in the
community to go to if they are seeking ways to get involved and make a
difference. If we educate the community, together we can reach out to more
victims and prevent the furthering of this industry in our community.
What does F.R.E.E. stand
Fighting for Restoration, Education, and Empowerment
The FREE Coalition values
empowering survivors to reach their full potential and achieve their
dreams. Not every survivor has a desire
to serve others in the industry, but some do, and our goal is to empower those
survivors to become leaders in our community. Currently, we have one survivor
leader who serves as a trainer in human trafficking awareness and
identification. Survivor leaders can
often be re-exploited when placed in leadership roles without
compensation. Therefore, we emphasize
fair pay for our survivors who use their voice to speak for the voiceless.
YWCA, Caddo Parish Juvenile
Services, Gingerbread House, Purchased, FBI Child Exploitation Task Force,
Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Police Department, Bossier City
Marshall’s Office, Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, Caddo Parish
Juvenile Defender’s Office, The Center for Children and Families, Hope for the
Homeless, Jewel House, Changing Behavior Services, United Way, Project
Celebration, Catholic Charities, Volunteers for Youth Justice, the Department
of Children and Family Services