Jackie Graduates from Emergency Home

Jackie* was first sold for sex by a family member when she was five years old. Now in her late 30s, she has been trafficked on and off for years and has been diagnosed with mental health, physical and substance use disorders. Safety was one of Jackie’s main concerns as she had been pursued by […]

Second Graduate of Refuge for Women Pittsburgh – Janie’s Story

Janie* arrived at Refuge for Women Pittsburgh after being released from serving almost 2 years in jail for drug and gun possession. Janie* arrived at Refuge for Women Pittsburgh after being released from serving almost 2 years in jail for drug and gun possession. When she was 16 years old, Janie was first sold for sex and […]

First Resident Graduates Emergency Housing Program

Refuge for Women Pittsburgh celebrates the graduation of its first resident, “Virginia,” who has successfully completed our 90 day Emergency Housing and stabilization program and has been accepted into a two-year program where she will continue her journey of freedom.  Refuge for Women Pittsburgh celebrates the graduation of its first resident, “Virginia,” who has successfully completed our 90 day Emergency Housing […]

1st Annual Giving Thanks Celebration a Success!

Over 200 guests joined together on Thursday, November 16th at Sheraton Station Square to give thanks and celebrate those who support survivors of sex trafficking and those who helped Refuge for Women Pittsburgh to open Pittsburgh’s first Emergency Home. Over 200 guests joined together on Thursday, November 16th at Sheraton Station Square to give thanks and celebrate […]

Refuge for Women Pittsburgh’s Emergency Home is OPEN!

October 18, 2023 | Duquesne University Power Center | Refuge for Women Pittsburgh and Duquesne University present “Need to Know: Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh,” a free community event featuring an expert panel with representatives from the FBI, Pittsburgh Law Enforcement, a Survivor, a Therapist, and Refuge for Women. We are honored to share with you […]

Giving Thanks Celebration Honors

October 18, 2023 | Duquesne University Power Center | Refuge for Women Pittsburgh and Duquesne University present “Need to Know: Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh,” a free community event featuring an expert panel with representatives from the FBI, Pittsburgh Law Enforcement, a Survivor, a Therapist, and Refuge for Women. Refuge for Women Pittsburgh will honor local […]

Experts Illuminate Sex Trafficking Risks In Pittsburgh

On October 11, 2022 over 150 people gathered in East Liberty to hear a panel of experts discuss sex trafficking in Western Pennsylvania. The panel included FBI Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh Law Enforcement, PAAR, Child Trafficking Investigator, Trauma Therapist, and a Trafficking Survivor. The event was hosted by Refuge for Women Pittsburgh and Familylinks, Inc., an organization […]

Rocco’s Story, Part Two: Putting Together the Pieces

Back within his calling with personal experiences cultivating a deep fire for the cause, Rocco Magnelli was rescuing women and children from trafficking situations on a daily basis. As a victim advocate, he committed to staying in the victim’s life and doing whatever he could to help them heal from their trauma and find a […]

Rocco’s Story, Part One: A Parent’s Fight against Addiction and Trafficking

“I do love telling a story, because it’s all about Christ, and what the Lord has done is just absolutely amazing in ten years of my life, but especially the last two or three,” Rocco Magnelli, a board member of Refuge for Women’s new Pittsburgh location, began our conversation with this disclaimer, and continued to […]

Elizabeth Echevarria

Living in Liberty was founded in 2012 by Elizabeth Echevarria to restore dignity, freedom, and a new life to victims of commercial sexual exploitation by creating a safe, secure, loving, and nurturing community where healing occurs and a new life begins. Elizabeth is an amazing warrior with a servant’s heart. She became interested in the […]