SEE appoints new executive director

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Missy Weismann Courtesy Solutions to End Exploitation

Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE) chose its next executive director.

Grand Rapids-based SEE, a nonprofit committed to creating a future free from human trafficking, said last week that it appointed its co-founder Missy Weismann as its next executive director. Her tenure began Monday.

Rachel VerWys, co-founder and the previous executive director of SEE, is taking on a new position as executive director of Safe Haven Ministries, an anti-domestic violence and relationship abuse nonprofit that also is based in Grand Rapids.

SEE is a national leader in human trafficking research and the backbone organization facilitating the SEE Human Trafficking Coalition (formerly the Kent County Area Human Trafficking Coalition). VerWys will continue to chair the SEE Human Trafficking Coalition.

“The SEE board of directors believes this leadership change advances an opportunity for growth,” said Amanda Fielder, board chair of SEE. “This expansion opens wide the ability to provide community counter-human trafficking efforts and engage overlapping sectors at a new level. We are confident in Missy’s strengths and skills to continue leading the collaborative efforts to disrupt the complexities of human trafficking.”

Weismann brings over eight years of human trafficking research experience to SEE, leading cross-sector groups and strategic directives that have gained recognition across the nation as effective tools to combat human trafficking.

As SEE’s executive director, she will be responsible for developing long-term strategy and direction, leading change, and building collaborative relationships and partnerships with the goal of disrupting human trafficking and creating lasting impact.

“I am honored to accept the position of executive director of SEE,” Weismann said. “Working alongside Rachel as a co-founder of SEE, I had an up-close view of the strategic brilliance she brings with her into every conversation. She will bring that same brilliance to her new position at Safe Haven Ministries and the continued leadership she will provide as a key partner in the broader human trafficking work in our community. The overlap of domestic violence and human trafficking creates a space to grow our work beyond where it is today. This is a strategic growth opportunity for our community. I have been and continue to be committed to leveraging my expertise, passion and partnerships in the counter-trafficking field to create greater collective impact in our community and nation.”

Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE)

Founded in 2017, SEE is a nonprofit committed to creating a future free from human trafficking, utilizing the framework of collective impact. SEE fosters a space among cross-sector leaders for collaboration in solving the complex problem of human trafficking using data and innovative research for measurable change. SEE has provided coordination and strategy to the SEE Human Trafficking Coalition (formerly known as the Kent County Area Human Trafficking Coalition), which comprises over 40 organizations committed to ending human trafficking.

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