Based in Miami, the Life of Freedom Center is a dedicated community resource that offers free support and restorative programs for female survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Our mission at the Life of Freedom Center is to equip and mobilize communities to combat sex trafficking in their own backyard. We accomplish this by spreading awareness to children about the dangers of sex trafficking, making communities safer thru regular outreach and surveying for activities that are suspect of sex trafficking and most importantly, to increase opportunities for the healing of all survivors of sex trafficking from physical, psychological and spiritual wounds and live a life of freedom from further abuse and exploitation.
We draw encouragement from II Corinthians 3:17, “…where the Spirit of the Lord is found, there is freedom” in working closely with churches and other community partners so clients can access quality resources and support within their immediate community.
Free Resources and Support
Clients are the focus at the Life of Freedom Center our dedicated team believes every individual deserves love, safety, healing, acceptance and the opportunity to live a life freedom from commercial abuse and exploitation.
Direct Client Services
The LoF Center offers individuals free support and resources to help them in living a life free of commercial sexual abuse and exploitation. Individual Case Management often includes working within a multi-disciplinary team of agencies, individuals and family members.
Clients gain access to:
- Therapists – professional guidance on healing and restoration from specially trained therapists that meet one to one and in group sessions.
- Case Managers – identify goals and develop a plan to achieve educational goals, life in residential security, have access to proper legal representation and more.
- Mentors – meet loving people from the community with a desire to mentor survivors in developing safe relationships and connections within the community.
Clients can also pick-up:
- Clothing and Accessories – select from new and slightly worn clothing and accessories to use for interviews, school or everyday activities.
- Food Pantry – pick-up dry and canned goods from our food pantry.
- LoF Bags – specially assembled gift baskets containing items for new born babies, home supplies, birthdays and holidays.
Call us at 786-565-8677 or click on the button below to complete a referral and get help.Submit a Referral
The Life of Freedom Staff
Our missionary staff all have experience in serving and building relationships with survivors both here and abroad. Together they make up a dynamic team that encourages clients on their path to healing and wholeness.
Jorge Veitia: Executive Director
Jorge Veitia is an anti-human trafficking advocate, founder and executive director of The Life of Freedom Center.
Veitia first began working on behalf of at-risk children in the late 90’s, first as a Guardian ad litem representing the interests of children in the State’s foster care system and then in 2008 as a live-in houseparent for a local foster care agency where he cared for more than 100 at-risk children from South Florida, Haiti and various countries in Central and South America.
During this time he learned about international and domestic child sex trafficking and the need for specialized services to help survivors safely recover and live a life free of further abuse and exploitation.
Since August 2011, Veitia has been working solely on mobilizing community groups and members to combat sex trafficking by: actively protecting children from sex trafficking by spreading awareness and helping rescue the exploited by conducting regular outreach through the Sharing One Love program and increasing opportunities for healing by offering dedicated support and resources for survivors at the Life of Freedom Center in Miami, FL.
Through these programs Veitia has completed hundreds of hours of outreach in the community and served more than 100 women and children in South Florida that have are at-risk of being enslaved by sex trafficking.
Find out how you can partner with this Jorge and his family serving survivors in South Florida by visiting their support page.
Kevin Abegg: Director of Operations
Kevin is a seasoned missionary having assisted ministries in over 30 countries. This includes an interdenominational church plant from 1996-2000 in the coastal town of Pichilemu, Chile where he met his wife Claudia. The couple returned to Kevin’s hometown near San Francisco, CA to attend Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, each acquiring MAs in Theology.
In 2003 they joined Latin America Mission (now United World Mission) moving to Miami in ’03 to serve as missionaries to Cuba. In ’08 Kevin took over management of LAM’s International Alliances department and shortly thereafter the North American Partnerships department. During his travels throughout Latin America Kevin came in contact with various anti-trafficking ministries through which God captured both Claudia and his hearts with the desperate need of those suffering a modern slaves. Kevin brings his missions management experience as well as a passion to see God’s truth change lives and rescue individuals.
Learn more about the Abegg’s and their ministry by visiting their blog at: http://www.abeggloveletters.blogspot.com
Find out how you can partner with the LoF Center by supporting the Abegg’s as missionaries by visiting: http://uwm.org/missionaries/27521/
Elizabeth Calle: Sharing 1 Love Coordinator
Elizabeth Calle serves as the Life of Freedom Center’s Sharing 1 Love program coordinator helping keep everyone on track for outreach and education events. She is also the administrative assistant at Crossbridge Church in Miami Springs, which provides an anchor for S1L events in the region between MIA, Okeechobee Rd. and the Palmetto Expressway, a notorious triangle for human trafficking.
Elizabeth considers herself to be a very creative person, finding inspiration in the colors and textures of God’s beautiful and amazing creation which she applies in her own cake decorating business. Check out her creations at: Leelee’s Cake Abilities.
Always on the go, Elizabeth is constantly looking for opportunities to connect with people, and in doing so, has discovered her heartfelt desire to help restore those that are broken and hopeless. The LoF Center is blessed to have such a capable and dedicated individual assisting in the mission to care for survivors and provide education to prevent more victims.
As LoF Center “missionary staff” you can support the Center’s work by supporting Elizabeth. Please visit her support page and consider being part of her team and the LoF Center Family!
Support from our partners is essential in successfully serving survivors at the Life of Freedom Center. Below are the wonderful organizations that prioritize the healing and restoration of our community’s survivors of commercial sexual exploitation through financial support, in-kind donations, volunteers and prayer.
Our home church, the family at Calvary Chapel Miami Beach continues to be a faithful and indispensible source of encouragement and support. In addition to being a monthly financial supporter, Calvary Chapel Miami Beach regularly hosts youth awareness and prevention events and even provides low cost lodging for visiting interns that serve at the Life of Freedom Center. Robert Fountain (Senior Pastor) and Rick Tuttle (Worship Leader) at Calvary Chapel Miami Beach also serve on the Board of Directors for SOL. Media Network & Resources, Inc.
Support from local churches is essential to delivering personal and dedicated attention to our clients. Since spring of 2013, the family at Granada Presbyterian Church has been faithfully supporting the Life of Freedom Center through monthly financial commitment and by establishing connections within their Men’s and Women’s ministries to volunteer in our programs. We are grateful for have their prayerful support. More info at http://granadapca.org/
Support from local churches is essential to delivering personal and dedicated attention to our clients. Since spring of 2014, the family at The Pulse of Miami Church has been faithfully supporting the Life of Freedom Center through monthly financial commitment and by establishing connections within their Men’s and Women’s ministries to volunteer in our programs. We are grateful for have their prayerful support. More info at http://pulsechurch.org/
Businesses also serve an integral role in making the Life of Freedom possible. Urban Resource provides in-kind donations of furniture, office space and many other resources that have supported the Life of Freedom Center since day one. We encourage you to check with them the next time you are in the market for to purchase, sell or rent personal or commercial real estate in South Florida.
Urban Resource is your team of real estate professionals. Miami Beach experts who live and work here. Besides having a passion for real estate, we also are truly involved within our community, dedicating our time and efforts to improving Miami Beach. Our team can provide you with further insight on the services and amenities residents can expect when considering different neighborhoods. Our extensive knowledge in the area, along with our experience as top realtors, REO agents, & Short Sale Specialists, prove to be a valuable asset for our clients, as we can provide a creative approach to every transaction. More info at http://urbanresource.com/
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