Bridging Freedom (Tampa, FL)


  • Name:Laura Hamilton

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bridging Freedom
  • Address:PO Box 18984
    Tampa, FL 33679
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:813-474-4673

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  • Mission:
  • Bridging Freedom's mission is to combat domestic minor sex-trafficking by bringing restoration to those rescued and victim prevention to those we reach with our message.

  • Overview:
  • As a community member of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking, we work closely with local FBI, Homeland Security, and local law undercover agents who rescue sex trafficked children. Children are bought and sold in Tampa Bay every day in this hidden crime which is now the second most profitable crime in the world. Regrettably, Florida is the third highest rate in reports of human trafficking in the U.S. Our local undercover law agents rescue in excess of 50 girls each year in the Tampa Bay area alone with no successful programs that provide a safe and therapeutic campus for the healing of trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome. Our program follows the best practices of Wellspring Living which has one of the highest success rates dealing with this population. Bridging Freedom has completed a 1.5 year mentorship through Wellspring Living and stands ready to bring this healing solution to Florida.

    While receiving the care they so desperately need, these children require a safe, remote setting to prevent recapture by their traffickers. Bridging Freedom's program will provide each girl the opportunity to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually. Each girl will live in a healthy atmosphere, in traditional homes, with her own bedroom and bathroom. She will be able to walk about the many beautiful paths inscribed with loving messages from the community. Gazebos, ponds and gardens offer her the opportunity to breathe deep and feel safe in a community-style setting. Many outdoor therapeutic activities will be offered such as equine, gardening, butterfly, and art therapies, coupled with her individual trauma-informed care therapy from certified clinical therapists. Volunteers are an integral component of healing as the girls begin to understand they are loved by the community and have a purpose in life. Parents and or foster care parents will regain or develop a relationship throughout the 1 to 2 year program to provide a sustainable transition.

    We are making great progress as the community continues to respond and join with us to do something about this issue. Our in-kind and pro-bono donations of approximately 100 acres, architectural drawings, professional offices, and grant development mentorship totals over $1.4 million. In addition, we have been recommended for, and fully expect to receive, grant funding for the complete site development of the campus.

    We are now ready to enter our final phase in raising the funds to build the first of six homes. Each home will cost approximately $600,000 to house eight girls each with their own bedroom and bathroom. We have received our first $50,000 donation towards the building of the first home.

    We are requesting to partner with The Lawrence Foundation to help provide funding for the construction of the home. Bridging Freedom has been working hard to bring awareness, prevention and intervention to this horrific crime. We hope you will consider partnering with us to bring healing to our children.

  • History:
  • In 2010, Laura Hamilton, founder of Bridging Freedom, researched best practices and was granted a 1-1/2 year mentorship with Wellspring Living who is the most successful program in the U.S. serving this population. In her goals to bring this successful program to Florida, she has worked hard in the Tampa Bay area speaking to social clubs such as Rotarys, Tampa Women's Club, Zonta, Jr. League, etc; churches such as Idlewild Baptist, West Coast Coalition of Presbyterian Churches, Englewood United Methodist, Christ the King Catholic, etc; Radio stations such as Spirit FM, Clearview, etc.; Newspapers such as Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, etc.; Universities such as USF, Stetson, St. Leo, St Petersburg College, etc; the Governor's cabinet and state legislators such as Representatives Spano and Nunez, and Senators Legg and Grimsley, etc., to bring awareness and prevention to the hidden crime of child sex trafficking that targets our community's children. It is because of her dedicated and tenacious spirit that the community of Tampa Bay is now not only aware of this issue, but has become motivated to create documentaries (WEDU Too Close To Home), a community campaign called The Free Network, four smaller safe homes, prevention curriculum within our school system, churches and social clubs bringing this message to their members. Because of this awareness that Laura has inspired and participated in, the community has become informed and pro-active. Laura has built a strong Board of Directors and Advisory Board, ranging from legal, law, finances, communications, higher learning, etc., to build a successful rehabilitation program for children rescued by FBI, HSI, and local law officers. Our business brief booklet will specifically name these corporate individuals. Bridging Freedom speaks throughout the community to bring awareness to this crime which then translates to prevention. Prevention is a mighty force.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:23
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:27-5467980

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:275467980
  • Organization Name:BRIDGING FREEDOM INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% LAURA HAMILTON
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 18984
  • Organization City:TAMPA
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:33679-8984
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 2012
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:I70
  • Asset Amount:$734,666
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$669,430
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$629,843
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:01:10 pm

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