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.

 


What We Do

 

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EDUCATE

As a community resource 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. 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. 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.

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EQUIP

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 Strategies for Success 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.

 
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COLLABORATE

As a resource to practitioners, we connect existing efforts with best practices, evidence-based research, and community capital to provide exceptional care to survivors. The Survivor Care Alliance creates a network of local anti-trafficking organizations and connects them with teams of students focused on assessing existing practices and delivering systems and processes to streamline efforts, enabling organization to focus on what they do best: care for 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.


Our Story


We began as a small community of abolitionists who started selling t-shirts to support the cause.

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.

After helping launch SHAN Cleaning, our movement grew, becoming a vessel of resources flowing the the abolitionist community, strengthening it and funding vital services. Today, 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. 

Carolina Augilar
 

Carolina Aguilar

Program Director

Originally from Peru with a background in journalism and media production, Carolina is a bilingual Professional Counselor with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Her passion is empowering women from all walks of life, especially trauma survivors, and seeing them flourish. As program director, she brings that passion to Strategies for Success, equipping survivors of human trafficking to join the workforce. She is also responsible for strengthening relationships with partner organizations to better serve each woman. During her free time, Carolina enjoys training at a barre studio, exploring ethnic food in Columbus, and having a good laugh with friends, family and Blue, her Chihuahua–Cocker Spaniel rescue dog.

Whitney Varnau
 

Whitney Varnau

Community Engagement Director

Whitney graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Immediately after graduating, Whitney went on staff with H2O church in Columbus where she mentored college women, many of whom experienced trauma and abuse. After developing a partnership between H2O and SHAN, Whitney joined the SHAN staff team as Community Engagement Director. She is excited about cultivating partnerships within our community and serving SHAN through communications. In her spare time, Whitney and her husband Steve like hiking (specifically in the National Parks), Netflixing sit-coms, and gushing about their cats, Indi and Albus.