Who We Are

She Has A Name is committed to engaging & equipping volunteers, serving partner organizations, and providing job readiness initiatives for survivors. We join together declaring that victims and survivors of human trafficking have a name, nobility, and a narrative. This e-book describes more about the issue of human trafficking and how we respond:

VISION

To see all those impacted by human trafficking restored into society and thriving in their community.

MISSION

She Has A Name is a strong community of abolitionists that exists to fight human trafficking through education, collaboration, and survivor care.

 



Our Convictions

In everything we do, we guide our work through the following principles.

EMPOWERING SURVIVORS

We serve a redeeming Creator who is in the business of mending not just spiritual brokenness but physical brokenness as well. We are committed to addressing the root causes of poverty and to empowering survivors to live transformed lives.

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES

Community is essential for the complete healing of any single individual. We seek to engage the broader community in responding to human trafficking. As a faith-based organization, we believe the injustice of human trafficking breaks the heart of God and in response we pray that our hearts would be broken and moved to action. We believe the church should be fighting human trafficking by standing in the gap; connecting resources with needs. [See Isaiah 62: 2-4].

PARTNERING WITH EXISTING EFFORTS

We love Columbus and desire to see united efforts in our city. We have chosen to partner with organizations by providing connections between existing resources, training and coordinating volunteers, and developing job skills curriculum for survivors.


What We Do

JOB READINESS

We act as a resource to survivors by standing in the gap between restorative care and transitional employment by teaching job skills that contribute to transformational work. Survivors of human trafficking often face intense employment barriers. By offering one-on-one mentorship and job readiness classes, our hope is that more and more survivors would be restored into society, welcomed in the workplace and thriving in their community. You can learn more about this initiative here.

EDUCATION

We stand as a community resource to equip individuals and organizations with knowledge about what human trafficking is and how they can become a part of the solution. She Has A Name provides community education through a unique curriculum that addresses human trafficking education and awareness. We hold quarterly classes that offer a framework to understand human trafficking and serve survivors. Training focuses on the needs of survivors, working with survivors, and getting connected. Men and women are encouraged to attend. Each week is a different topic, so please plan on attending all three sessions. Classes are held on Wednesday nights for three consecutive weeks. 

1. Introduction to Human Trafficking
2. Needs, Trauma, and Survivor Care
3. Anti-Human Trafficking Organization fair

Learn more about our classes here. 

COLLABORATION

As a resource to practitioners, we connect existing efforts with best practices, evidence-based research, and community capital to provide exceptional care to survivors. We have chosen to invest in the abolition community by hosting fund-raising and awareness events. We see these events as unique opportunities to join together the survivor community with the greater central Ohio community. You can view our upcoming events through our events page.

You can connect with our existing initiatives through our Get Involved page.


Our Story

She Has A Name began in 2011 as a community of Christ followers burdened for victims of human trafficking. Members of Veritas Community Church created the ministry to help fund Christ-centered anti-human trafficking efforts by selling t-shirts. Over the next few years, She Has A Name became a vessel for money and awareness to flow to the abolitionist community; strengthening it and funding vital services.

You shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her.
— Isaiah 62: 2-4

As we developed relationships with and worked alongside our partners, the most pressing needs were made clear and our work is now focused on restoring and empowering survivors. The major gap that we've identified in the fight against human trafficking was the lack of support and resources for existing efforts. 

Our passion for helping women transition to independent lives and meaningful employment lead us to develop a partnership with CleanTurn, a Columbus based company working to employ individuals with various barriers to employment. Our shared heart to support women transitioning out of addiction, imprisonment, and other challenging circumstances brought to life the dream of a cleaning company specifically designed to help women grow in personal and life skills as they gained confidence in operating in a professional work environment. Today, SHAN Cleaning, owned and operated by CleanTurn, is employing more than a dozen women and has helped women transition to other full time employment opportunities.

We are a community of abolitionists who have strengthened a network of partners across Central Ohio who are dedicated to seeing an end to human trafficking in our city. These include businesses, organizations, and churches who match our dedication to seeking justice and freedom.

Staff Members

Amy Byler
 

Amy Byler

Executive Director

Amy graduated from Waynesburg University in 2011 with a degree in Human Services, Political Science, and Business Management. She moved to Columbus to be a community organizer for a few years before taking a position at Veritas Community Church to direct VeritasMercy and She Has A Name. Through her work, Amy works hands-on to address injustices among the homeless population, low-income neighborhoods, with survivors of human trafficking, and other marginalized areas of need throughout Columbus. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors through hiking, gardening, and bonfires.

Courtney Schmackers
 

Courtney Schmackers

Development Director

Courtney graduated from Capital University in 2013 with a degree in Communications, Spanish, and Journalism. As development director Courtney pursues sustainable growth of the organization's resources. Her favorite part of her job is guiding individuals and organizations in discovering how they can join the abolitionist movement in unique and meaningful ways. She loves drinking tea, baking bread, and hiking.