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 […]

Pittsburgh Refuge for Women to Launch Emergency Home

Recent headlines in Pittsburgh have highlighted the crucial need for emergency housing and the intensive trauma care needed by sex trafficking survivors. When an intensive investigation ended a sex trafficking scheme, the Western District of PA U.S. Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Taskforce reached out to Theresa Golden, executive director of the soon-to-be-launched Refuge for Women […]

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 […]

The Asservo Project: Combating Trafficking with a Modern and Global Perspective

Human trafficking is one of the darkest and most complex issues facing our world today, and a complex issue requires a multifaceted approach to fully address it. At Refuge for Women Pittsburgh, we would like to acknowledge and honor the organizations who are working diligently to help women in need by utilizing unique perspectives and […]