By : MHYSA DRAGON
Free Our Girls
Who We Are
Our Executive Director
Founder of Free Our Girls, Megan Lundstrom holds a BS in Finance and is currently pursuing her MA in Sociological Theory. Megan is a trained facilitator in prevention curriculum My Life My Choice, and intervention curriculum Ending the Game. Additionally, Megan is a Survivor Consultant for the Department of Homeland Security, and contracts with Larimer County’s CSEC MDT.
Following Megan’s exit in 2012, and as her healing progressed, Megan felt compelled to begin sharing her experience of being lured and trapped in the commercial sex industry. As she began speaking, Megan quickly realized that she was not the only young woman that was at-risk for or had previously experienced commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. What she found as she began to share her story in her home town was that very few agencies were aware that these crimes were occurring in their community, and even fewer felt equipped to serve the complex needs of survivors like her.
In 2014, Free Our Girls was founded and the organization began delivering their Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention & Response Training, the curriculum that was used to train most northern Colorado agencies, organizations, and community groups prior to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council’s statewide standardized curriculum was released in 2017. After hosting the first and second annual Human Trafficking Awareness Weeks at the University of Northern Colorado, and extensively training the region, service provider referrals began to come in with requests for mentorship, referrals, legal services, mental and physical health care, housing, and employment for victims and survivors now being identified in the area.
Beginning in 2017, Free Our Girls began offering direct services to at-risk and exploited women and girls in northern Colorado, and the organization accomplished a wide variety of achievements, including serving over 40 exploited women and girls locally and sending care packages out to 45 actively exploited women across the US. To learn more about our first year of direct services, click here.
Our Board of Directors
Liz Cirbo, DNP, FNP-BC, RN
Liz is a Wyoming girl in a Colorado world. She grew up in Cheyenne and got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. She worked as a nurse for three years before going back to school at the University of Northern Colorado for her doctorate in nursing practice and now works in family medicine as a nurse practitioner.
Liz enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and reading in her spare time. Mostly she spends time with her husband and two boys enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors. She has a heart for justice and encouraging people and working with Free our Girls has been an honor and a privilege.
Emily grew up in Maryland and has lived in Colorado since 2005. Currently, Emily oversees foundation/business partnerships at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, her role since 2017, and has found her home in reproductive and sexual health.
Emily has previously worked at The Denver Foundation in the Scholarship Program, as the Director of Edge of Seven, for Outward Bound, and has managed the Pinnacle Scholarship Program. She has also worked in evaluation for JVA Consulting and as an ESL Instructor. She is proficient in Spanish. Emily holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus on Entrepreneurship and a BA from James Madison University in English Literature. Emily enjoys skiing, rafting, and spending time with her family.
Susana is originally from California, spent most of her childhood in Mexico with her grandmother and moved to Colorado at the age of 16. She recently finished her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the University of Northern Colorado and is currently working for Weld County School District 6. Susana enjoys music and dancing in her free time, which is limited, because her other favorite past time is raising her four kids to be outstanding people in the community. Making sure they know what they can do for a bright future is her number one priority.
Angie Henderson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of Northern Colorado
In 2017, Free Our Girls partnered with Dr. Angie Henderson professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado in collecting data on both current and formerly sex trafficked adult women. This grant-funded project utilized in-depth qualitative interviews with sixty-four adult trafficked women and sex workers. This study is one of the largest qualitative studies of current and previously trafficked women in U.S. history, and findings are shared in training events and presentations. In 2017, the team also began to gather data on pimp-controlled “bottoms” to better understand the reality of this often misunderstood, and frequently prosecuted, population. Dr. Henderson is pursuing grant funding to extend the data set to make sure every survivor who wants to be heard is heard in this important work.
Ending the Game Co-Facilitator – Connie Mitchell
Connie Mitchell, MA, LPCC, is currently in private practice at Freedom’s Hope Counseling where she focuses on Mind Control; Spiritual Abuse/Religious Trauma; High-Demand Group Recovery/Cult Recovery; Post-traumatic Stress; Depression; Anxiety; Abuse and Trauma. She is a trained in: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Collaboration in the Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and is an Ending The Game of sex trafficking coercion resiliency facilitator. In addition to her therapy practice, she provides individual and group counseling, and clinical intakes and assessment at SummitStone Health Partners.
Volunteer Communication Coordinator – Barb Henderson
Barb has worked in and volunteered for numerous not-for-profit and church organizations in the Denver-metro area for the past three decades. In 2017, she began researching human trafficking in the Rocky Mountain region and in 2018 volunteered some 300 hours to several organizations all providing services to survivors, including Free Our Girls. Early in 2019, Barb started an internship with Free Our Girls, continuing her work as Communications Coordinator, primarily for the Volunteer Experience team