Living In Freedom Together

Empowering & Elevating survivors

LIFT Response to the January 6 Insurgence on the Capitol

JANUARY 7, 2021: This morning, we write with heavy hearts and in great upset at yesterday’s events at our nation’s capital. The violent insurgence that descended upon the Capital building, a breach that has not occurred since the War of 1812, is a disturbing unveiling of the reality of the state of our nation.

The failure of law enforcement, including images of uniformed officers moving out of the way of domestic terrorists as they breached the capitol building are shocking. The stark contrast of the police and military response to this attack by treasonists compared to the police and military responses to lawful, peaceful protesters across the United States demonstrating against the police murder of Black people is reprehensible.

LIFT stands with state leaders, community members, and citizens across the county in condemning this violent attack on the United States Congress as Senators and Representatives met to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election.
The actions yesterday were an affront to our democracy. The failure in both preparation and response by law enforcement is embarrassing. It is our sincere hope that every single person involved in the events of yesterday at every single level are held accountable for their actions and or inactions, whatever they may be.

We refuse to accept a nation of violence. We call for you to join us.

LIVING IN FREEDOM TOGETHER  | COVID-19 UPDATE

Women in systems of prostitution are at heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to chronic homelessness and compromised immune systems. With vital social service organizations closed and resources and services drastically reduced under the Stay-at-Home advisory issued by DPH on March 23, 2020, many of our participants are in critical need of support. LIFT has temporarily closed our Drop-In Center program, however, our Outreach & Advocacy team is in the community providing street outreach and supporting emergency shelters.  Additionally, we are working with Worcester city officials to open and staff emergency shelters, and getting our participants somewhere safe to shelter-in-place. 

To best assist the populations we serve during this time, LIFT has created our COVID-19 SURVIVOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND.
All proceeds donated to this fund will go directly to providing support for our participants during this public health pandemic. 
Please consider donating HERE.

If you are in need of LIFT services or programs – please contact us directly.

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT) is a survivor-led organization comprised of those who have overcome systems of prostitution, and allies sensitive to the needs of this vulnerable and marginalized population. Our mission is to provide resources, advocacy, and support to empower individuals to exit and recover from the impacts of CSE, and to end prostitution.

LIFT was founded in 2014 and incorporated in 2016.

Jana’s Place.  A Recovery Home.  Est. 2019

Our programs & SERVICES

— Empower Survivors

Living In Freedom Together (LIFT) provides a unique blend of community programs including direct services, community awareness and education, and advocacy for innovative and productive public policy. In 2019, LIFT opened Jana’s Place – a first-of-its-kind recovery home for individuals exiting prostitution.

— Jana's Place

Jana’s Place is the first-of-its-kind recovery home for women exiting prostitution and recovering from substance abuse disorder (SUD) with co-occurring mental health disorders. Our recovery model focuses on holistic, sustainable recovery – emphasizing self-care, life skills development, and job-training opportunities. 

— Drop-In Center

The LIFT Drop-In Center provides individuals with access to medical and mental health services, including onsite care options and treatment referrals. Additionally, the site offers clothing, food, and other direct services. 

— CATI Program

LIFT developed a pre-arrainment diversion program in partnership with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

— Education & Outreach

LIFT provides survivor-developed training programs for law enforcement agencies, medical providers, educational institutions, hotels, and more.  

— Policy Initiatives

LIFT policy initiatives are focused on reducing stigmas, and implementing the Equality Model. 

IN THE NEWS

People that end up in prostitution are the people with the least amount of choices… If people can better understand the process of entry, and the vulnerabilities these women have, it’s much easier to look at the person standing in front of you with compassion and empathy.

– Nicole Bell, CEO
Changing The Story About Prostitution In Worcester
NPR
September 10, 2019

Prostitution doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and exit services cannot either. This is a community issue, and must be solved by a comprehensive approach relying on business support.

– Nicole Bell, CEO
PROSTITUTION SURVIVORS NEED JOBS
Worcester Business Journal
September 30, 2019

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