Bring awareness through Rescuing Hope, community, church, civic and small group events. People need to understand this problem exists and how relevant it is to them before they will be motivated to do anything about it.
Teach school and hospital personnel indicators of sex trafficking victims and help them establish protocols for responding.
Teach business owners about the industry and how it can impact their productivity and bottom line.
Evaluate social media apps, looking for ways traffickers could use them to lure unsuspecting targets into the sex trade, and make the information available to parents and students.
Teach students how the sex trade works and explain steps they can take to make themselves a less likely target.
Empower and connect volunteers and advocates with organizations involved in the anti-trafficking movement.
Support survivors’ transition from sexual exploitation by connecting them with resources needed to move from victim to survivor to thriver.
Susan Norris’ journey and mission captured my soul after one introduction. Susan is my go to person for local school Lunch and Learn programs, community panel discussions and as a referral source for individuals wanting to educate others. Susan has the unique ability to reach any audience with powerful messages. What strikes me most is not just her depth of knowledge and endless energy to educate others, but Susan’s feet on the street activities to stop sex trafficking.
Sharon P. Lightstone | Professional School Counselor, Cobb County School District - Marietta GA
I had the honor of meeting Susan Norris while on a fact finding trip to Atlanta in 2014. She is genuine, passionate, and knowledgeable about the cause of stopping the sex trafficking of young American girls. “Rescuing Hope” is my go-to book that I use when I want people to understand that this insidious evil is right in our midst in suburban America. I highly recommend Susan for speaking at any event whose goal is to raise awareness about domestic minor sex trafficking.
Susan Norris is the Founder and Executive Director of Rescuing Hope, Inc. and has been involved in the fight against sex trafficking in America since 2010. Her passion is to raise awareness about the issue of sex trafficking as well as encourage and empower survivors to live an abundant life.
Susan partners with other front line organizations, therapists, and law enforcement officers she met through the writing of her novel, Rescuing Hope, as well as through mentoring survivors.
Susan is a member of the Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She taught in public and private schools and served as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes prior to joining the fight against sex trafficking. She is a CLASS certified speaker.
Susan is a wife and mother of two adult children. She and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Renae joined Rescuing Hope after several years of searching for a way to be involved in the anti-trafficking movement. She is passionate about serving with others to end this fight and to see broken lives restored.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Liberty University, Renae is a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter with over 20 years of experience in the school system and medical arena. During 8 years as manager of Becca’s Closet Atlanta, a national organization that gives prom dresses to underprivileged girls, Renae had the opportunity to work with thousands of girls to realize their own beauty and dreams, which is one of her greatest passions. Her favorite motto is “Little Things Can Make A Big Difference”.
Renae and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have one adult daughter.
Johanna joined Rescuing Hope in March 2017. She learned of the organization through a neighborhood friend who challenged her to read the founder’s book, Rescuing Hope. Having two children of her own, the story of the young girl’s journey into and out of sex trafficking was particularly impactful. She was inspired to become involved with the organization.
Johanna has a B. S. in Exercise Science and a M. S. in Physical Therapy. She has built, managed, and sold a successful physical therapy practice.
Johanna and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two children.
Crystal Burdette learned of Rescuing Hope through an awareness event advertisement in her son’s PTSA newsletter. After searching for her place in the movement for over 12 years, she reached out to the Executive Director of Rescuing Hope to see how she could help.
Crystal joined Rescuing Hope in January 2018, bringing business skills and a healthy outrage to the table. She has global experience in operations, marketing, facilitation and leadership coaching, along with an MBA degree. Drawing from experience as a business consultant, she works to make our operations efficient and effective, as well as managing our grant writing program and exploring ways to expand our reach.
Crystal is a native of Georgia and lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two sons.
Carolynn Puff joined Rescuing Hope in December 2017 after learning about the sex trafficking problem and how Rescuing Hopes works in the fight against it.
Carolynn has over 25 years of experience in the accounting, investment banking and financial consulting industries. After working with Arthur Andersen, SunTrust Banks and Robinson Humphrey, Carolynn ventured out on her own, establishing CSP Advisors, LLC in 2003. She provides a wide range of services varying from developing business plans and financial projections to acting as an outsourced CFO/Controller.
Carolynn graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and earned an MBA from Georgetown.
Carolynn and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two children.
Mallory joined Rescuing Hope in September of 2017 after witnessing sex trafficking firsthand in Vanuatu. She was stirred deeply by the conviction that doing nothing was not an option. Knowing the work of Rescuing Hope, she knew where she wanted to plug into the movement.
Mallory relocated back to Atlanta in order to join Rescuing Hope and the movement against sex trafficking.
MaryLee, also known as MJ, grew passionate while in college about spreading awareness of the issue of sex-trafficking. She found out about Rescuing Hope in 2018, and joined the organization in May 2019. She is driven for victims to come to healing, wholeness, restoration, and breakthrough. She is committed to spreading awareness and planting passions to join the fight against sex-trafficking in student campuses, organizations, and communities.
MJ is finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree at Kennesaw State University and plans to further her education in earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Laura found Rescuing Hope while searching for an opportunity to grow as a social worker. She has worked for several years with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence and is passionate about empowering those whose power was taken from them.
Laura received her master’s degree in Social Work from Kennesaw State University in 2019. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015, Laura supported and advocated for survivors of sexual violence as the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator with the Douglas County Task Force. In this role, she saw the immense scope of the problem of sexual victimization and exploitation and knew she was meant to affect change for those who needed help.
Laura lives in Atlanta, GA and enjoys spending time with her sister, who is also her best friend.