Our Story

Her Song was established in 2013 to meet an overwhelming need in the city of Jacksonville. Unbeknownst to most Jacksonville residents, human trafficking is a very real problem locally. In the last few years in Duval County alone, more than 200 women have been saved from their traffickers but local law enforcement tells us that this represents a mere 10% of the problem. Literally thousands of young women and girls are trapped in a life of violence and exploitation right here, right now. Where do they go to find a way out? This is why Her Song exists.

Our Mission

Her Song is interrupting the cycle of human trafficking and leading women to freedom. We do this in three ways: survivor care, victim outreach, and community awareness.

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Survivor care. We care for victims of trafficking whether they were trafficked as adults or children. Our residential program is held in the context of a safe home and our program focuses on whole person health: body, mind, and spirit. This means that victims are receiving aftercare that provides them with tools and resources to heal from trauma and begin to chart a new course for their lives. So far we have had 12 women come into our residential program. Lives are changed, young ladies are dreaming again, going to college, becoming nurses, and so much more. Every individual life is carefully aided.
Victim Outreach. We strategically work in our community alongside partners who can identify and refer victims for services. Examples of this are JSO, FBI, SAO, PD’s office, the department of corrections and other agencies. Through our partnerships, we have received 100+ referrals so far in 2018 for our residential program and the number grows every day. Also, this year we have reached 172 potential victims in our jails with information and referral services and 72 have graduated from our purpose group in the jail.
Community Awareness. We want to change our community. So we speak. We speak in schools, clubs, businesses, and churches. We train law enforcement. We train educators. We speak practically anywhere.  Our Duval County Public School curriculum for 8th grade has been in the classrooms for 3 years now; we are now expanded to high school this school year and Clay county has adopted our curriculum reaching thousands of children in our community. To request us to speak to your group email us at alisha@hersongjax.org.

Our Dream 

The best way for survivors to build a new life is in a safe residential community with care focused on restoring health to the whole person. Our home will provide a way to break the control of traffickers, a place to receive counseling, education, life skills, stability, and belong to a family. Currently a home like this does not exist in Northeast Florida. Our dream is a safe residential community where young women can not only recover from the horrors of human trafficking, but find purpose for their lives and move on to fulfill their dreams.

Our Care

We offer:
i. Trauma informed care
ii. Empowering strengths-based practices
iii. Counseling services
iv. A holistic approach to healing of the person
v. Group support and case management

Our Founder

Rachel White, M.A., LMHC
Founder and Executive Director

Rachel is a licensed professional counselor, an ambassador, and advocate for human trafficking survivors, and the founder of Her Song. She has a long history of dedication to the well-being of women and naturally offers compassionate care to others. She is the lead counselor for the women who come to Her Song and provides visionary leadership for the organization. Her work experience includes sexual abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, addictions, codependency, anxiety, stress management, depression, healthy relationships, and ex-offenders. She is an alumna of Baylor University, Liberty University and the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Jacksonville. She received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2016 for her work in human trafficking in Jacksonville. She’s led Her Song to bring awareness of human trafficking all over Jacksonville through speaking and partnerships with local businesses, civic groups, & faith-based communities. In 2016, Her Song partnered with Duval County Public Schools to bring awareness training to high-schoolers and 8th-grade health and science students. She is part of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition Service Providers and acts as an ambassador for the coalition as well.  Her vision is to fulfill the urgent need for survivors of human trafficking to have a place to call home within a supportive, loving community while they take steps to reclaim their lives. Rachel says she believes these women are truly exceptional and she enjoys seeing women empowered to reach their potential. Rachel is a wife of 26 years, and a mom of four young adult children.

   rachel@hersongjax.org
   904-513-0203
   facebook.com/hersongjax

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