Gabrielle Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of Free For Life, who discusses her background and the organization’s one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted approach to fighting human trafficking. During the interview, Thompson talks about their programs, success stories, tips for joining the fight against human trafficking, how the work has changed her and words of encouragement for how the community can come together and make a difference.
Gabrielle Thompson serves as Free for Life International’s Executive Director & CEO. She has a heart for empowerment, justice and vulnerable populations around the globe. In her tenure as CEO, Thompson has expanded the organization’s work to 5 countries, seen the rescue of over 600 women and girls, opened one Safe Home, and developed two different prevention and interception curriculums.
Thompson currently serves on the Middle Tennessee’s Human Trafficking Working Group Steering Committee, the Tennessee Celebration of Human Rights Committee, Vision Trust International’s Orphan Care Expert Services Behavioral Health Team, and Providence Worldwide’s Orphan Care Collective Team. Thompson was chosen as Nashville Top Professionals ‘30 under 30’ in 2018, and Nashville Business Journal’s Top Professional’s 40 under 40 in 2020.
Thompson was an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University, teaching “Global Issues in Human Trafficking”, and has spoken on behalf of the organization across the United States and in India, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and Thailand. Thompson holds a Master’s in International Development focused in Gender from Middle Tennessee State University, and previously worked in gender policy development in Istanbul, Turkey, and in Costa Rica for an INGO granting micro-loans for female entrepreneurs.
- Mission and Vision as an organization
- COVID 19 + Human trafficking update and projections
- Our one-of-kind, mulit-faceted approach to fighting human trafficking. Maybe some stories from the field. How we are addressing the root causes of trafficking, our focus on long term care, survivor centered approaches, and ethical practices when dealing with trafficking.
- How can people get involved in our work? Host a fundraiser or awareness event, register for a training, Newsletter, Give, Learn from our webinars, Liberation Now Gala, February 2021