A survivor of repeated childhood sexual abuse, Anita channeled her past experiences and strong faith to create the Sparrow Freedom Project in November 2017.
The Sparrow Freedom Project’s mission is to build a survivor led community supporting and empowering exploited and trafficked individuals on their journey to achieving independence through services and prevention.
Inspired by her parent’s harrowing escape from war-torn Vietnam and the many sacrifices they’ve made to give her and her siblings a better life, Anita remains steadfast in her resolve to help those who have faced exploitation, human trafficking or violence.
In 2019, Anita was honored to receive the Rising Phoenix Award, presented by The Intentional Living Collective, in recognition of her humanitarian work and transformative life story.
In 2005, Anita was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing from Oakland University. She began her career as a Project Administrator for the Ford Mobility Motoring Program at Marketing Associates (now One Magnify). Anita accepted a position as a Creative Associate at McKinley Properties in Ann Arbor, where she was presented the “Results Driven” Presidential Award in 2008.
She eventually stepped away from her career to stay home full-time to raise her two children and became a freelance graphic designer.
In addition to being involved in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation, Anita also devotes her time to raising awareness about childhood sexual abuse through a ministry called Freedom for the Captives.