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Giselle Meza / Founder-President
Giselle Meza, an active humanitarian, survivor of Human Trafficking, and former top model, witnessed the exploitation and injustice happening to women and children around the world while traveling extensively to over 58 countries on assignment. Moved with compassion for the victims of injustice that she met, Giselle founded Puresa Humanitarian, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization with the mission to rescue and save lives, to provide a tangible solution and a realistic rescue for victims of Human Trafficking, to rescue, restore, provide safe homes for innocent children who were trafficked and sold into a life of forced slavery and bondage, and to empower rescued women by creating opportunity for self-sustainability, to make a difference in these women’s and children’s lives.
Giselle’s personal life experiences as a child; a Human Trafficking victim and survivor, tricked & trafficked at the age of 14 years old when she moved to the US from Costa Rica, escaped and survived, have fueled her passion and devotion for her humanitarian work and created a very personal life-long mission to rescue and restore innocent victims around the world who have been exploited, trafficked, and enslaved.
Giselle knows that only by God’s Grace was she able to escape and survive. She has dedicated her life through Puresa Humanitarian to reaching, rescuing, and creating new pathways and a way out from slavery that other victims and survivors may now have hope and a future and live the life that God intended for them.
Ana L. Meza / Project Coordinator
Ana L. Meza has been an interior designer for 30 years, an entrepreneur with an extensive retail background, and a humanitarian volunteer in Costa Rica for many years where she lived part of her childhood and young adulthood, advocating for women and children in need in Central America, and witnessing the tremendous injustice of sexual slavery.
Ana has a passion to empower women with love and dignity, she is a mother of three and a grandmother, and is no stranger to adversity herself.
It was only natural for her to join forces with her sister, Giselle Meza, founder of Puresa Humanitarian to fight the injustice of human trafficking by utilizing her expertise to help reach those in need worldwide and to empower rescued women with skills training, opportunity, and employment to help women escape poverty and help break the cycle of human exploitation.
Ms. Ana L Meza is currently Project Coordinator in the US for Puresa Humanitarian as her sister works on the front lines.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Nadine Wolff has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance National Teacher’s Registry at the 500 RYT, 200 ERYT level.
Nadine is a leader at “Off The Mat and Into The World” or OTM, which was founded by Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling.
She joined the OTM Seva Challenge India in 2012, to raise funds and awareness about the sex trafficking crisis in India and worldwide, she traveled to India with OTM to experienced it first hand.
That experience has left and indelible imprint on Nadine’s heart and inspired her to do something ongoing for the sex trafficking crisis.
Her line of yoga inspired jewelry was born called “Karmic Jewels By Nadine, Good Deeds Wearing Beads.”
Nadine simultaneously co founded One Love Long Island (OLLI) in 2012, which is a collaborative yearly event to raise awareness concerning social and human injustice, uniting yoga studios and their communities from across Long Island to raise funds and awareness concerning the human trafficking epidemic.
Nadine has returned to India annually and continues to dedicate her time and resources in an effort to end this scourge against humanity. “I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to have been invited onto the board of Puresa Humanitarian. No human being should ever be for sale and I will continue to raise funds and awareness around this insidious crime against humanity in an authentic and meaningful way. I will work tirelessly to be a voice for those whose basic rights have been denied to them, and do whatever it may take to help empower these sweet innocent victims, so they may live out the rest of their lives with dignity and respect.”
Founder of the world renowned Anushka Spa joins forces with Puresa Humanitarian to help rescue children’s lives from human trafficking and slavery. Having an acute business sense, Anushka Blau founded the original Anushka Spa and Cellulite Clinic in New York City in 1972. The spa opened its first doors in Florida in 2001, and the West Palm Beach location has been a worldwide destination since 2007. For more than 40 years, Blau, whose expertise is in body contouring and cellulite, has been a featured educational source for beauty, health and wellness in every major U.S. magazine as well as with international media and television programs.
Blau is an advocate of helping others achieve their utmost greatest potential. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Blau was raised to have a strong sense of family and belief in herself. Confidence in oneself carried over into raising her two daughters, and then has touched the lives of many children impacted through her charity work.
Since 2007 she has volunteered with Urban Youth Impact, which provides counseling, educational and health services to at risk children and families. She is on the committee to help organize their annual charity auction, dinner and golf tournament. In 2013, she joined the board of Puresa Humanitarian, a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of sexual human trafficking. With perseverance and dedication Anushka Blau helps to encourage those she encounters to reach their ultimate goals.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Amanda Schumacher is an unwavering woman of compassion who unifies people and organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
Happily married for 27 years, she is a dedicated mother of 5 children and despite her busy schedule, she enjoys and prioritizes spending time with her family.
Not only is Amanda vice president of Schumacher Automotive, but she is very actively involved with all her own companies as well as other non-profits in the United States and internationally. She is a visionary, business leader, and philanthropist who founded Tree of Life Foundation International, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization in 2006, with the mission to support local and global organizations by combining gifts, talents, and resources to help those in need.
Participating as an advisor to Puresa Humanitarian is an honor. Having a role in providing those affected by human trafficking a way to be able to live a safe new life with hope, care, love, and education so that they may live the life God intends for them is a blessing to all involved.