BFF Workshop Diaries

  • Article by Daniel Rahmann. When I returned from Ghana this year, many people were expecting me to come back with harrowing stories about human trafficking, and I have to admit, before I went, I too was preparing myself for the same thing. Human Trafficking, after...

  • Article by Jason Otoo. I’m Jason Otoo, CEO of the ‘Odikro’ Royals Dance Company, Ghana, and the lead dance and healing instructor for the ‘Beauty For Freedom’ summer program aimed at combatting child trafficking in Ghana.  Working with the Beauty for Freedom team this summer...

  • Article by Michael Räuschl. The past 5 years, I’ve worked for Beauty for Freedom as an Ambassador and Creative Director behind the scenes and I finally could manage to join PROJECT GHANA 2019 in Winneba, Ghana. It was my first time to volunteer for the...

  • Article by Jerry Chu. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination encircles the world. “ – Albert Einstein All I needed as a kid growing up was a...

  • Article by Not.Travis Photography by Erica Simone & Not.Travis Going to Africa on a volunteer trip had always been something that I dreamt of since I was a little kid. For whatever reason, I always knew it was something I was going to do. After...

  • Article by Jerry Chu Photography by Challenging Heights “Friends International Academy” Youth   “Hi My Name is Noah and I’m 10 years old.  I want you to be my BFF.” As I stepped off the bus into Challenging Heights, I saw a sea of welcoming...

  • Article and Photography by Erica Simone   When Monica first told me months ago that we would be leading a project in Ghana, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I had never considered traveling to Ghana, mainly because I didn’t know anything about it,...

  •   Article by Shannon Mac Ardhail   “Kwesi!” two boys cheered and exchanged brilliant smiles, first to each other then to me, from the opposite diagonal corner of a table of the Challenging Heights’ school library in Winneba, Ghana. Next, they gave me a decisive, slow,...

  • Article By Zephy Photography by Challenging Heights   It’s been twenty-four hours since we’ve arrived in Ghana, a vibrant country filled with gregarious and good-natured people.  We’ve been greeted with an abundance of huge, kind smiles, graciousness, and plenty of fried rice.  For our first...

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  • Meet Suwana Perry Descendant of Thieves (DoT) Co-owner Suwana Perry is passionate about freedom and uses her NYC based indie menswear brand founded in 2009 to advocate against human trafficking and to support children affected by this global tragedy via their partnership and collaboration with

  •            Cat and King Nation is a unisex street wear line with a simple message: BRING BACK HOPE! As a subdivision of the Cat + King brand, the Nation capsule collection takes a turn from the track and heads to the streets. By collaborating...

  • US Department of State released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report focusing on the importance of local communities in the fight against human trafficking and encouraging national governments to support and empower their partners on the ground. “This year’s report focuses on effective

  • Thanks to all of our supporters and donors, our Beauty for Freedom initiatives in NYC expanded this summer with a 4-week art therapy and self-care workshop series for 15 survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence who are clients of Mentari USA, a culinary arts...

  • by Danyell Twyman (LIM College & BFF Intern) Internships are central to LIM’s curriculum, and in my experience, they are one of the best aspects of the college because they complement classroom learning by providing real world experience. My internship with non-profit Beauty for Freedom has...

  • LADIES WHO LOVEBOMB by Jill Hilbrenner Episode 17 // February 15, 2018: When Monica Watkins traveled to Haiti in 2010 on an earthquake-relief mission, she was shocked to learn that human trafficking can spike in the aftermath of natural disasters. Monica, the daughter of two civil-rights activists,

  • Article by Jerry Chu Who you shop for and where you buy this Holiday Season matters. Today’s landscape of consumerism is changing dramatically, and the average consumer is becoming more and more empowered. This is why businesses are having to learn how they can interact...

  • By Ayushi Thapliyal There’s a tendency to fixate on the more visible and tangible rot in our social fabric, where serious issues like human trafficking get lost. We owe that to perhaps the more obvious crises in the world—be it political, social, economical, environmental and...

  • Article by Ayushi Thapliyal The one thing that I loved doing growing up which I continue doing today is telling stories. At 5, I wrote and image sourced (cut & pasted) a book on cats, as an 8-year- old I wrote a story called Percy...

  • Heroic Flight Attendant Rescues Teenage Human Trafficking Victim See full story Shelia Fedrick said she instinctively felt something was wrong the moment she saw the girl with greasy blonde hair sitting in the window seat of aisle 10 on a flight from Seattle to San...