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The Guiding Hand


Rescuing individuals from a human-trafficking situation is just the first part in helping survivors, and Central Florida’s The Lifeboat Project is here to provide the lifetime of care, support and opportunity helping them reclaim their lives after that traumatic experience.

A little more than 13 years ago, Jill Bolander Cohen’s occupational experience was being a professionally trained jazz singer, working in her family’s coffee business and serving as a worship leader. A position she took with her congregation led to her first trip to Washington, D.C., where she learned about the horrors associated with human trafficking.

That experience changed the entire trajectory of Cohen’s life. The founder and CEO created The Lifeboat Project to provide a comprehensive trauma-informed approach for survivors of human slavery. The Lifeboat Project offers residential housing for survivors, including those with children. It also has a mission that focuses on long-term care and education, and lifetime support.

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