LIFT IN THE NEWS
Below is a list of articles, press, and media segments involving Living In Freedom Together.
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Small nonprofit work is undervalued
“The past seven months have been unlike any of us have ever seen. Most of us have been through a range of emotions: scared, confused, and overwhelmed peppered with moments of hopefulness and hopelessness. Honestly, these emotions are like those experienced by nonprofit leadership pretty regularly even without a pandemic. This is why it is so easy for small nonprofits to step up and fill critical gaps without hesitation: taking big risks to meet the needs of the community you serve is natural. Scary is normal when you do scary stuff on the daily.” READ MORE…
Worcester Business Journal | Oct 26, 2020
Organizations like Me Too pledge support for legalizing prostitution, sex buying, pimping
THE TODAY SHOW: Should sex work be decriminalized? It’s become a political issue
A group is pushing to decriminalize buying and selling sex and managing people for prostitution, but others in the sex trade community are saying it’s a terrible idea. The issue has made its way to the 2020 campaign trail. NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow reports on TODAY.
The Today Show | Jan 30, 2020
Collateral Damage PODCAST | Season 2. Ep. 32. with Special Guest - Nikki Bell
The Collateral Damage Podcast, hosted by Maureen Cavanagh and Michael Wilson, discuss the impact of addiction in our lives, our families, and within our communities nationwide.
Mike and Maureen meet with Nikki Bell, Founder and Executive Director of LIFT, Living in Freedom Together, to discuss her personal journey into recovery, and into the business of helping others.
Collateral Damage Podcast | Feb 20, 2020
Ruhama Ireland | 30th anniversary conference ~ November 2019
Activists, survivors, frontline agencies and policy-makers from Ireland and across the world gathered in Dublin to call out The Sexual Violence of Prostitution & Pornography.
LIFT CEO Nicole Bell was a featured speaker at the conference.
Ruhama Ireland | November 2019
The Worcester nonprofit Living In Freedom Together, which seeks to help women exit the prostitution industry, will launch a new multi-sector initiative at its annual breakfast on March 6
‘Women lifting women;’ At Jana’s Place, a home for women exiting prostitution, all-women team from Fallon Health helps build food pantry
Boston officials, sex-trafficking survivor support groups express concerns over Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s plan decriminalizing prostitution
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and local groups that work with survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking expressed concerns this week over a proposal by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley to decriminalize sex work, a provision she put forth in a criminal justice reform plan in November 2019.
MassLive | Dec 19, 2019
Embracing 'sex workers' seems like a progressive policy. In reality, it treats pimps and exploiters like managers and will worsen sexual exploitation.
Jana’s Place, a first-of-its-kind recovery program for individuals exiting prostitution, will help women find themselves and sisterhood
Jana’s Place creates recovery home in Worcester for victims of prostitution
Turning a house into a recovery home for victims of prostitution: Jana’s Place renovation in progress.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Jun 8, 2019
WORCESTER – A safe place for traumatized women is taking shape. Walls and floors are being stripped, woodwork is being refinished and fixtures are being overhauled for the opening of Jana’s Place, a first-of-its-kind holistic residential center for women exiting prostitution and recovering from substance abuse and mental illness.
Women in the World Summit 2019 | New York City
10th annual Women in the World summit
CEO and Founder of LIFT, Nicole Bell, is speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York City.
Nikki’s segment is titled “Humans for Sale” and is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 11:10am ET.
“Prostitution isn’t people deferring entrance to Yale… We’re looking at people in poverty, people of color, people coming out of the foster system. It’s not this conceived notion of choice.”
Turning a house into a recovery home for victims of prostitution: Jana’s Place renovation in progress
Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Jun 8, 2019
Tackling the Sex Trade
Pop It Podcast | Jun 5, 2019
Survivors, advocates upset over Teen Vogue’s ‘sex work is real work’ op-ed
New York Post | Apr 30, 2019
On Power: Sex, Sexism & Society
Experience This Podcast | Apr 16, 2019
Human Trafficking Is an Epidemic in the U.S. It’s Also Big Business
Fortune Magazine| Apr 14, 2019
Rotary Club to host human trafficking forum at Rodman Center
Foxboro Reporters | Apr 10, 2019
5 Worcester County rehab programs get state funding
Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Apr 4, 2019
No, legalized prostitution is not OK
Boston Globe | Apr 4, 2019
Trafficked in Massachusetts: Prostitution as pervasive as ever in the Bay State
WCVB ABC 5 Boston | Apr 2, 2019
Trafficked vs. not trafficked: It’s a distinction without a difference, says survivor of prostitution
Boston Globe | Feb 25, 2019
Survivor in Worcester says it’s ‘about the exploitation,’ not about Robert Kraft
Worcester Telegram | Feb 27, 2019
Survivor says it’s ‘about the exploitation,’ not about Patriots owner Kraft
Daytona Beach News-Journal Online | Feb 28, 2019
NNLM – Trauma-Informed Training for Health Providers, Educators, and Community-Based Agencies to Identify, Treat and Support Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex-Trafficking.
National Library of Medicine| Nov 12, 2018
Revealed: how US sex traffickers recruit jailed women for prostitution
The Guardian | Jun 29, 2018
Two Minutes With … Nikki Bell
Worcester Magazine | Jan 4, 2018
Rep, panel outline case for legal prostitution bill
WWLP 22 News | Nov 29, 2017
Prostitution bill would legalize sex work, sponsor says
The Salem News | Nov 28, 2017
Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History
Glamour | Sep 19, 2017
New nonprofit seeks treatment for victims of prostitution, drugs
Worcester Telegram | Apr 22, 2017
Hometown Heroes: Nicole Bell
Worcester Magazine | Nov 23, 2016
In Her Own Words: Nicole Bell, A survivor’s story
Worcester Sun | Jan 17, 2016
Woman working to help Worcester’s prostitutes get off street used to be one of them
MassLive | Jan 29, 2016