Lauren Spiewak

Founder | North Africa Director

Lauren is an incrediblly humble and loving individual.  She is full of grace and wisdom, and the perfect person to lead our Transition Home.  As a licensed counselor and having lived in North Africa for over 8 years she is uniquely gifted to guide young girls out of vulnerability and into safe independence.  Her and her husband are a dynamic team, creating a rich and powerful environment for healing, learning, growing, dreaming and freedom from day one in the Transition Home.

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Chrissy Duke

U.S. Director

Hi!  I my name is Chrissy, I am a wife and Mom and US Director of this incredible organization.  I am humbled to be helping lead this movement that I have been passionate about since my first trip to Africa 15 years ago.  I  lived in North Africa for 8 years, and now live in the U.S. with the vision to connect each one of you, who are uniquely gifted, to our work to end modern day slavery.

I am a person who is highly motivated by social change.  I also find great joy in connecting others to opportunities to love well and uplift the people we find ourselves around. We have the chance together to make a difference in the people around us, specifically the people who may not have the opportunity to speak up for themselves.  I have had the privilege to work in non-profits in the U.S. and Internationally with prostitutes, drug addicts, refugees, homeless, and at-risk youth and women.  Through it all, I am convinced we cannot keep silent when others around us are in bondage. Human trafficking is modern day slavery, it isn’t just a physical bondage but a mental, emotional, and spiritual prison.  Our hope at BFA is to bring freedom to the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners. We have a passion to connect others who have the same desires to help the marginalized and unnoticed to the fight for freedom.  Humans are not solely motivated by selfish gain, we long for community, we long for connections, and we want to give to others, sometimes we just don’t know how.  If that is you, contact us so we can work together!

Charlotte Kimmel

Education Coordinator

“You can choose to look the other way, but never again can you say that you never knew,” -William Wilburforce. I cannot think of a better way to describe why I am so privileged and glad to work with this organization: knowing what I know about modern day slavery, I cannot look the other way.

I have always been passionate about education, and I am elated to have the opportunity to use this passion to fight trafficking. Once I was in college, learning more about the social and economic change that education can create globally, and teaching refugees from around the world, I felt pulled towards global education and education as an ignition for change. I switched my focus and obtained a Masters in Teaching ESL & Multicultural Education so I could have a more global perspective and teach abroad. Now, I have been in North Africa for three years, and I have grown such a heart for this country and all of its colors, languages, and cultures. In Beauty for Ashes, we want to see freedom for everyone in this country that we love. North Africa is full of people created in the image of God, but many are broken under the bonds of trafficking: forced labor, domestic bondage, or sex trafficking. Our hope is to release captives, and bring light into the darkness through awareness, education, and outreach. I believe we can see great change and the redemption of human lives through the power of education, and I hope you’ll join us in this venture towards freedom.

Melissa Greenwalt

Content Creator and Copy Writer

I first learned about human trafficking in 2010 and felt a passion stir within me to fight against it to the furthest extent I can. Soon after, I joined the International Justice Mission (IJM) club and began raising awareness about human and sex trafficking. In 2015, I moved to Morocco, where I met Charlotte Kimmel and Chrissy Duke and began working with Beauty For Ashes. Now, I am intent to continue spreading awareness and raising funds to help support girls who have been rescued from being trafficked, as well as prevent others from this terrible trade.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our staff is made up of the most incredible local and foreign individuals. Without their efforts this work would be impossible. We have two house “Moms” who work tirelessly to love, organize, encourage, and aid each girl in our home.  We have part-time staff who organize volunteers and handle endless details and all the little things that often go unmentioned.  We are so grateful for a team who are always smiling, work hard, have fun, encourage one another, use their gifts, and give their time and energy to fight for freedom.