FASHION HOPE SERVES AS A CATALYST TO BUILD AWARENESS AND EMPOWER WOMEN THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND MEDIA PROJECTS. WE AIM TO EDUCATE AND INFORM.

THIS IS A GLOBAL MISSION.

     On 24 April 2013, over 1,133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2,500 more were injured. As the concrete crushed many lives that day our passion for justice specifically in fashion grew and we decided to speak up and be heard. The partnerships with companies such as Good On You, Destiny Rescue both of Sydney Australia, advocates like Jessica Minhas, Mary David and others make that task more attainable.

     We believe that when brands are more concerned about profits than the safety of its workers a line in the sand must be drawn. Fashion Hope is a volunteer run organization that works to raise awareness, funds and educate the world regarding human trafficking and labour issues within the fashion industry. We have virtual offices in the US, Australia and Canada. Learn more about our programs and our capabilities by clicking the appropriate area of interest.

THE TEAM

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Marc Palmer

FOUNDER

With team since:

2010

Hometown:

Milwaukee, WI

3 things I do on the weekend:

Extra long walks, shopping, day spa when possible.

Favorite time of day:

Golden hour (right before sunset when everything turns golden). Seems like anything is possible when everything is in Technicolor

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Mafolie in St Thomas, USVI

Favorite movie or movies:

Notebook and Nickie's Family

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Hillsong, Look To You, 2005

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun fact (personal or general):

I loved skydiving it is the coolest rush ever

Why Fashion Hope?

Because I knew fashion could and should have a voice for justice.

Email:

marc@fashionhope.org

Tel:

+1(760)905-4173

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Daniel Walker

MEDIA DIRECTOR

With team since:

2014

Hometown:

Indianapolis, IN

3 things I do on the weekend:

DANCE! (ZOUK), Photo Editing, Spontaneous out-of-town trips

Favorite time of day:

Sunset, easily.  Amazing lighting and brilliant exposure for photography and visual brilliance.

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Favorite movie or movies:

Inception

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Depends on the island; currently, Justin Bieber, “Purpose”

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun fact (personal or general):

I can perform freestyle hip hop/spoken word poetry, and enjoy songwriting.

Why Fashion Hope?

I view Fashion as one of the influential and representational elements of modern culture; congruently, I believe fashion to function as one of the most powerful and relevant forums to enable awareness, tangible response, and partnerships for social justice and culturally reformative movements. 

Email: 

daniel@fashionhope.org

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Samantha Lorenzo

IN FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

With team since:

2014

Hometown:

London ON Canada

3 things I do on the weekend:

Church, brunch at a nice restaurant, road trips

Favorite time of day:

Normally bed time as I love my bed..lol

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, or the Dominican Republic

Favorite movie or movies:

The Power of One (book).. Sister Act (movie)

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Not sure but some kind of praise and worship music

How I take my coffee:

Dark or expresso roast with double cream

Fun fact (personal or general):

I'm an awesome salsa dancer

Why Fashion Hope?

Because we should all be trying to make the world a better place  :) 

Email:

samantha@fashonhope.org

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Rouba Palmer

MEDIA THEATER DIRECTOR

With team since:
2015

Hometown:

Wyongah, NSW, Australia

3 things I do on the weekend:

Go to the beach, Walk on the beach, Swim at the beach

Favorite time of day:

Morning when everything is fresh and full of promise

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Portobuffalo, a small remote seaside village on the Greek Island of Evia

Favorite movie or movies:

Life is Beautiful

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

My worship playlist

How I take my coffee:

I don't. I take my tea and I take it green

Fun fact (personal or general):

Favourite colour is green, like my tea ;)

Why Fashion Hope?

Because Fashion Hope shares my vision to educate and motivate people to take a stand against human trafficking by using media and the arts.

Email:

info@fashionhope.org

Tel:

+61413480458

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Selani Thomas

EDITOR

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Indianapolis, In

3 things I do on the weekend:

Brunch/Dinner with friends in the city, Rooftop hangs, and Netflix

Favorite time of day:

Dusk, if I can get up this early, I know I'm bound to see a beautiful sunrise over NYC. 

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Nederland, CO

Favorite movie or movies:

Forrest Gump, 13 Going on 30, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Currently, The Royalty by The Royal Royal (bound to change next month)

How I take my coffee:

Black

Fun fact (personal or general):

Very proud to have 13 incredibly fun, ambitious sibilings.

Why Fashion Hope? 

Because I see Fashion Hope sees the importance of coming together in pursuit of solving key issues and we have an amazing team doing so!

Email:

selani@fashonhope.org

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Trang Dang

FASHION WEEK COORDINATOR

With team since:

2012

Hometown:

Vancouver, BC 

3 things I do on the weekend: 

Work, dine at local restaurants, and play video games

Favorite time of day:

Whenever there is sunlight

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Anywhere in Old Montreal

Favorite movie or movies:

The Matrix

Only album I’d take to a deserted island:

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

How I take my coffee:
Lots of cream and sugar

Fun fact (personal or general):
Still cannot ride a bike...

Email:

tdang@fashonhope.org

 

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Karen Guerra

FASHION WEEK ASSISTANT

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

New Jersey

3 things I do on the weekend:

Hillsong church, explore NYC whether it's brunch/rooftops/fashion exhibitions and spend time with my loved ones

Favorite time of day:

3pm! The sun is shining brightly at it's full potential and everyone's energy is at an all time high!

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Barranquilla, Colombia

Favorite movie or movies:

Home Alone 2 and anything from Disney!

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Elevation Worship - Here As In Heaven

How I take my coffee:

I don't, I'll opt for water or tea! :)

Fun fact (personal or general):

I have been gluten free for 4 years (and counting). Don't ever let somebody tell you that GF pizza isn't delicious, they just haven't searched long & hard through every pizza the NYC puzzle ;) I take pleasure in spotting the small holes that tourists can not find!

Why Fashion Hope? 

Because fashion is a celebration of FREEDOM, creativity and talent which are all God-given gifts. I'm passionate about people because people matter, especially in this industry. It's a privilege to engage with culture in a way that helps people find their meaning and purpose. I believe with the help of people just like you and me -together, we can help others regain their freedom again

Email: 

kguerra@fashionhope.org

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Noelia Gonda

GARMENT TECHNOLOGIST / FASHION WEEK ASSISTANT

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 things I do on the weekend:

Run, cooking and visit friends.

Favorite time of day:

Morning with a nice waking up cup of coffee and a whole day ahead to make the best out of it.

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Barcelona, Spain.

Favorite movie or movies:

Pride and Prejudice  

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Amelie by Yann Tiersen

How I take my coffee:

Black, with a tinny bit of milk.

Fun fact (personal or general):

Frequently people ask me why I smile so much.

Why Fashion Hope? 

Because I believe fashion is a powerful tool to create a better and fairer world.

Email: 

ngonda@fashionhope.org

Jeanie Tseng

POLYVORE STYLIST / FASHION WEEK ASSISTANT

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Taoyuan, Taiwan

3 things I do on the weekend:

Groceries, visiting thrift shops and crafts.

Favorite time of day:

Getting up early and have breakfast while contemplating plans for the day.

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Wellington, New Zealand.

Favorite movie or movies:

Roman Holiday

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Chopin

How I take my coffee:

Black, two sugars.

Fun fact (personal or general):

Jeanie is my middle name.

Why Fashion Hope? 

Because we need to work towards transparency in the fashion industry, healing the environment from pollution and equality for our future.

Email: 

jtseng@fashionhope.org

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Jorge A. Pena

DIRECTOR OF #ONLYLOVECAN CAMPAIGN

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Brooklyn, NY

3 things I do on the weekend:

Work out, Spend time with my amazing girlfriend, and church!!

Favorite time of day:

Early Morning, such a fulfillment accomplishing tasks before the sun rises! 

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Any of Italy's amazing islands such as Capri or Sardinia

Favorite movie or movies:

Shawshank Redemption, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

James Taylor Greatest Hits (Don't judge)

How I take my coffee:

Very little room for milk and no sugar

Fun fact (personal or general):

I have traveled to over 25 countries!

Why Fashion Hope? 

Transitioning out of uniform I still long to lift the oppressed, defend those without a voice. Fashion Hope has a platform that is unparalleledin anything I have ever seen.

Email:

jorge@fashonhope.org

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Alicia Betts

 

CLOTHING DRIVE COORDINATOR

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Many! Father in Sales... but I claim St Louis, MO and North Carolina (Go Tarheels!) 

3 things I do on the weekend:

Study recipes and create culinary masterpieces (at least in my mind!), drink wine while listening to music on my front porch and worship the Lord! Oh... and dream in Italian!! 

Favorite time of day:

I love sunset and always try to catch on the beautiful beaches where I live or on my front porch

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Why Italia. Ovviamente!

Favorite movie or movies:

Love Actually, An Officer and a Gentleman, Dr Zhivago, Chocolat, Under The Tuscan Sun

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

Mama Mia Movie soundtrack and any Third Day

Fun fact (personal or general):

I will find a million ways to wear an article of clothing! I have an obsession with Italy and will live there someday, even though I don't one drop of Italian blood! I have serious wanderlust...

Why Fashion Hope? 

I have been given gifts by God and I want to use them for His purpose. I have a passion for style and making a difference in our world.  As a stylist, I love to make any woman feel beautiful, loved, secure and FIERCE!

Email:

alicia@fashionhope.org

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Lynn Robertson

SHELTER LIAISON

With team since:

2013

Hometown:

Westland, Michigan 

3 things I do on the weekend:

Long walks, sunset chase and (year round) pretend I'm a professional photographer and take photo's of everything!

Favorite time of day:

When Dave (my husband) gets home from work and we catch up on everything.

Favorite travel destination and spot:

I'm easy! Give me a beautiful park or beach and I'm very happy!

Favorite movie or movies:

The Help, Forrest Gump, a Few Good Men and since I DO have a sense of humor, Uncle Buck!

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

THIS was hard! Music speaks to my soul, from rap to Christian. So I guess....the Pentatox Christmas Album

How I take my coffee:

I don't drink coffee, but oddly I LOVE how it smells!

Fun fact (personal or general):

You never know what color(s) my hair will be. Plus I LOVE Sugar Skulls!

Why Fashion Hope? 

My heart is dedicated to helping those in need. I have been poor in my life, but never so poor that I had to wear the same, beat up, tore up, 1 or 2 outfits. I have had people tell me their confidence was raised so much just from simply wearing new, gently used clothes!

Email:

lynn@fashionhope.org

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Paradise Kafri

CLOTHING DRIVE COORDINATOR

With team since:

2017

Hometown:

Gypsy – moved around a lot; was born in San Antonio, Texas 

3 things I do on the weekend:

1. Read, paint or attend wine-tastings

2. I tend to and nurture my plants, b/c I’m preparing for my dream garden.

3. Watch movies or get caught up on favorite TV shows.

Favorite time of day:

I love the morning – but I’m an any-time-of-day person. Everyday is so different.

Favorite travel destination and spot:

Ibiza – Platja es Figueral – Favorite restaurant on the island: Osteria Figueral Pizzeria, best pizzas and lasagna in the world.

Favorite movie or movies:

Working Girl, A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, K-Pax, Chocolat, Pirate Radio, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cloud Atlas, The Birdcage, Erin Brockovich, Arbitrage, Miss Sloane, Almost Famous, Nacho Libre, Elf, Blades of Glory, School of Rock, Ratatouille (always makes me hungry), The Heat, Guardians of The Galaxy, Deadpool, etc. I’m a film enthusiast – in case you couldn’t tell. There are simply too many favorites to list! Ha ha ha ha ha

Only album I'd take to a deserted island:

It’s hard, but I’d have to say either: Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone or Earth, Wind & Fire.

How I take my coffee:

Black & strong or NUMI Breakfast tea with honey or Green/Jasmine tea

Fun fact (personal or general):

I’m a wine journalist & consultant for TheGrape.com – aka Wine Enthusiast. So, I cook a lot, and love to pair my meals with great wine.

Why Fashion Hope? 

I absolutely love the mission and purpose of Fashion Hope. I truly believe we are put on this earth to help one another, in whatever capacity we are able to.

Email:

pkafri@fashionhope.org

Interested in volunteering or getting more information? Please email info@fashionhope.org