Certification Review Board


What is Safe House Certification?


Without proper aftercare, 80% of trafficking victims will be re-victimized. Aftercare is imperative to a survivor's ability to recover and heal from their trafficking experience. Programs offering residential aftercare services have the opportunity to create real change for survivors. Certification elevates the incredible work that safe house programs are doing on behalf of survivors. It articulates to donors, foundations, government agencies, and other non-profits the life changing impact of these programs. Certification provides clarity on the standards and best practices needed to serve survivors.


Safe House Certification Review Board


Carolyn Potter is the CEO of The WellHouse.


The WellHouse is a leader in offering restorative care in a residential living setting on a beautiful 63-acre campus. Services are designed to address all areas of need and restorative healing as we offer therapy, case management, life skills, and educational opportunities. As the CEO for The WellHouse for the past 9 years, I have been privileged to see lives once thought hopeless changed dramatically. Survivors of the worst atrocities imaginable have regained their lives in every way. They are living with purpose, and I shall forever treasure this opportunity to be a small part of lives transformed.


Dr. Elizabeth BowmanDr. Elizabeth Bowman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University. She is also a minor domestic sex trafficking survivor, anti-trafficking advocate, mother of two teens, researcher, and speaker. In her clinical practice she works with trafficking survivors using trauma-informed yoga therapy and also has a clinical practice supporting children and adolescents with anxiety and other challenges.She holds clinical social work licensure in DC and Maryland and is a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200. Her research areas include the intersection of child welfare and sex trafficking, organizational culture and supervision in child welfare, and special populations issues in trafficking including LGBT and Deaf youth. She is currently working with Changing Perceptions in DC to establish a restoration home for pregnant women and transwomen coming out of trafficking both nationally and internationally. Her upcoming book will address her experiences of trafficking and addiction as a child and young adult, redemption through faith, and how these experiences fit within the broader landscape of trafficking research and knowledge.


Tawfik JarjourTawfik Jarjour is a Consultant at Accenture who focuses on helping High Tech and Software companies thrive in a post-covid, purpose filled, and value driven world by leveraging the best of Accenture. Tawfik serves his alma mater Rice University through his work on standing committees and the CCD Advisory Board. He is a fan of cooking, hiking, traveling, and meeting great people around the globe.



Andrea HipwellAndrea Hipwell   currently serves as the Director of Participant Transition and Persistence at Wellspring Living in Atlanta, GA. Andrea graduated from the Wellspring Living Women’s Residential Program in 2009 after being exploited for over 10 years. She is passionate about survivor leadership as she understands the importance of including survivor voices in the development of programs and services for survivors. Andrea is well versed in the areas of trauma informed care and strength based leadership and care. She has been recognized for her incredible determination and motivation for change in the area of survivor leadership and her tenacity to support survivors as they begin a new life. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in the area of Criminal Justice from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2016. Andrea serves on the GA Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, the GA Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking, was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Human Trafficking in 2020 to serve a term of 2 years, and was recently reappointed to serve a term of another 2 years until 2024.

Ked FrankKed Frank

Ked and Michelle Frank have been married for 25 years and are the parents of Nathaniel, Julianna, and Bailey.  Ked and Michelle founded Refuge for Women in 2009 and faithfully served for 14 years. Ked is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Religion and a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Ked is the Missions Advancement Director at Avodah Collective and an elder at his church in Frankfort, KY.


Certification, Partner in Freedom, Overcoming Trauma, Child Sex Trafficking

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