Selah Way Foundation

191 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3700

Chicago, IL 60606-1698


Mail checks made payable to:


The Selah Way Foundation 

P.O. Box 618234

Chicago IL 60661


The Selah Way Foundation

P.O. Box 5576

Sarasota, FL 34277


EIN 83-0572687

OUR initiatives




How we are addressing the entire scope of the issue:




Educating and empowering children and interveners through customized, cutting edge curriculum so that they can recognize the signs of exploitation and discover the power of their own voice to speak up against abuse.

Training first responders and medical professionals on the front lines to recognize at-risk children and exploited young adults. Teaching how to take action against predators and serve and protect innocent victims.

Providing  safe places for survivors of sexual exploitation to heal from trauma and receive restorative services such as trauma therapy, medical and legal aid, a personalized education plan, job placement, mentorship, horse therapy and more.

Refer and connect youth, interveners, professionals and survivors to the elite, proven organization which best fits their needs.

Our goal is to prevent sexual abuse, protect innocence and provide freedom.

We are proud of our national team of trainers with a combined total of over 100 years of experience with law enforcement & healthcare.

If you are a professional who serves as the first touchpoint for survivors of sexual trauma, such as a law enforcement officer, paramedic, fire fighter, mental health care provider, doctor or nurse, and are interested in inviting our expert team to train your staff, contact us.

"I went into this training with one eye and came out with two. Knowledge is key. This short, but to the point course, should be taught in all academies as well as in our school systems with parents included in order to protect our families and to make family structures stronger again."

-Trooper First Class, Michael Reidy, Connecticut Police Department

law enforcement training team

Our team of expert trainers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in training law enforcement to recognize and address sex trafficking and exploitation.

Misty LaPerriere is the National Law Enforcement Liaison and Trainer with Selah Freedom. She works directly with survivors of sex trafficking, trains law enforcement and the judicial system on this issue, while also providing certificate completion for officers. She serves on the 12th Judicial Circuit Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and is a survivor herself and has worked with survivors for over a decade. Misty is designated as a Victims Advocate through the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute for Human Trafficking with the Attorney General’s Office. Her certifications include 2018 Human Trafficking Summit from the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Certified Advanced Gang Specialist from the Florida Gang Investigators Association, Certified CSEC trainer. 

Dr. Stephany Powell retired from LAPD as Vice Sergeant with over 30 years on the force. She is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and leads Journey Out as Executive Director. Dr. Powell is a powerful speaker, a tenacious educator and advocate for change, and one of the premiere experts in this field. 

Corinne Stannish, retired Captain of the Sarasota Police Department, brings over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. She has worked tirelessly to educate officers and the community at large on what she deems, "the world's oldest abuse trafficking." She now travels nationwide training officers in how to properly combat sex trafficking and help survivors discover the services they need to recover from the life.

Adam Kavanaugh served as Sergeant of the St. Louis Police Department with 26 years of experience Sgt. Kavanaugh started in the city and then moved to St. Louis County taking on roles in the Vice Unit as a detective, going undercover in the drug squad and now, as part of the FBI Task Force locating, finding and rescuing victims of human trafficking and online predators within Eastern Missouri. Sgt. Kavanaugh is supported by officers in many precincts across St. Louis and focuses his efforts on educating and training law enforcement about what to look for when locating victims and predators but also educating parents and the community about how to keep their children safe from online predators.

Corporal Alan T. Wilkett has served more than 22 years as a public service official, including with the Indiana State Police and the Jackson County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office. Cpl. Wilkett’s career has included positions in Property Crimes, Major Crimes, Cold Case, Narcotics, Child Abuse, Patrol, and Court Security. He has served as a chief deputy, captain, commander, and director of public safety. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and is an expert in how predators use technology to target their victims.

Dan Murphy is a highly accomplished security, investigations and law enforcement professional with an outstanding 35 year career in law enforcement, including over 20 years in the NYPD. He has experience in a wide variety of patrol and investigative functions handling countless cases of violence, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping (over 125 cases), human trafficking and more. He is a seasoned leader, author, educator, and sought-after speaker and subject matter expert on various topics including workplace violence prevention and response program development, global security, international travel safety and security, physical security, executive protection and financial fraud investigative techniques. Murphy has 15 years of experience as a Corporate Security Director and Chief Security Officer, tasked with the overall safety and security of hundreds of thousands of people, in thousands of facilities, across numerous countries. He has extensive knowledge of security technology, and established and emerging best practices in building security programs. He possess a great many contacts within a variety of law enforcement, and private sector business worlds that may benefit The Selah Way Foundation's mission. He is an OSAC member with the US Dept of State, public private partnership and follows global security trends to share best practices.  Murphy has run several federal RICO investigations of violent gangs prosecuted in several US Attorney’s Offices, each included elements of human trafficking for sex trafficking.

HEALTH CARE training team

By educating and equipping the medical community to identify the signs and symptoms of sex trafficking and how to assess and provide safety for patients, we create a new layer of protection for victims of this crime. Through a policy and system-wide approach, we provide trainings led by survivors and expert clinicians to healthcare providers, beginning with the highest levels of the organization. Once trained, healthcare providers will know how to confidently take appropriate action internally and through external partnerships to best serve survivors.


Through Global Strategic Operatives, founded by Deborah O'Hara Rusckowski, a Critical Care RN for over 30 years, we train hospitals and health care professional nationwide. Mrs. O'Hara Rusckowski initiated a nursing educational program in June 2007 at CRUDEM's Hôpital Sacré Coeur and continues to work on improving nursing education and standards as well as human trafficking awareness and education. She also founded Nurses With Global Impact, Inc., an organization which connects nurses with non-profits in need around the world and is considered a leading force in creating the global healthcare provider training model fighting sex trafficking.

TYLA (Turn Your Life Around), is a deeply effective approach to prostitution diversion. It incorporates outreach, strong collaboration with community organizations, the judicial system, State Attorney's Office and ra e-directed law enforcement philosophy. Through the TYLA Program, survivors are supported by Selah Freedom's expert Outreach team during judicial proceedings and are eligible to have all prostitution-relation arrests expunged from their record.

Rescue team

Colonel Joe Adams is a Former FBI, DEA and CIA Operative. When abduction of a victim occurs his expertise and years of experience is paramount in the rescue and recovery process.


Each initiative directly fuels our fight to end sexual exploitation. We are raising up an army of Champion Defenders who will passionately support our mission and help us hold a megaphone up to this issue hiding in plain sight.

Costs of launching The Selah Way Foundation Initiatives:

Prevention: $3 Million Needed to Fund

Help us lead 1,600 prevention groups designed for boys and girls, K-12th grade. We will reach over 20,000 children to prevent them from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Protection: $6 Million Needed to Fund

Help us provide security and surveillance for survivors and training for 200,000 professionals on the front lines across the nation, $100,000 per state. Altogether, we will educate and equip 50 different agencies annually for two years.

Provision: $6 Million Needed to Fund

Help us launch three campuses. Each campus consists of a six bedroom residential home and a four bedroom graduate home located on a 3-5 acre lot. Each campus costs $2 million, which includes operations for one year.

Special thanks to the Moore Family Foundation, Moskovitz Family Foundation and Chauncy & Marion D. McCormick Foundation, our pioneers of the Founder Circle.