Laura Hamilton, MPH – President
Laura Hamilton is the president and founder of Bridging Freedom. In this role, she oversees Bridging Freedom’s operations, development and the board of advisors. She also facilitates Bridging Freedom’s collaboration with law enforcement members of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force On Human Trafficking (CATFHT.org), which includes local police, sheriff’s departments, FBI, ICE, State of Florida Department of Children and Families Human Trafficking staff, and with many professionals within our communities and universities.
Laura serves as a subject matter expert on the topic of domestic child sex-trafficking, providing training and presentations to groups throughout Central Florida, such as the University of South Florida, Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, Human Services Coalition of Pinellas County, Hillsborough County Children Services Advisory Board, the Pasco County School Board and many others.
She has over 30 years of experience within the corporate and faith-based communities in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties. Her specialties include business development, program planning, intellectual property, grants proposals and management, teaching and youth discipleship.
Laura obtained her bachelor’s degree in Bio-Medical Sciences and her master’s degree in Public Health in Global Health Practice at the University of South Florida.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Bridging Freedom’s board of directors and advisors include community leaders who boast a wide array of business skills and life experiences. Combined, their backgrounds include developing start-up companies, raising capital funds, planning public health intervention programs and many years of working within youth discipleship.
Bridging Freedom is extremely grateful to those who dedicate their time, energy and talent to supporting our mission. If you are interested in applying for our board of advisors, please visit our Get Involved page.
This nonprofit in Atlanta is one of very few existing organizations that are successfully confronting the issue of child sex-trafficking, Wellspring Living provides Bridging Freedom with organizational mentorship for its planned rehabilitation program and therapeutic safe home.
Over the past four years, Wellspring Living has trained individuals and groups throughout the United States on how to open restoration homes for girls and women. We are grateful for the guidance and support we receive from this established and very successful organization.