Dr. Azurdee M. Garland, BA, MAE, EdS, EdD

The idea for Phoenix Rising Inc began over a decade ago when founder Azurdee Garland began working with at-risk teens from around the United States.  Azurdee continuously found herself meeting youth who had been victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.  Azurdee spent time mentoring, educating, and advocating for trafficking victims.
In 2011, Azurdee began consulting with organizations and state agencies in an effort to teach others how to recognize victims and potential victims. Azurdee worked with programs to educate their staff on domestic human trafficking, the needs of survivors, and how individuals could make an impact.  While researching the motivation needed to work with individuals who have experienced extreme trauma, Azurdee was challenged to develop her own direct service program.  Through local leadership Azurdee was able to meet others who shared her vision of helping victims transition into survivors who thrived in their communities. 

The journey has only just begun and will continue to expand as we challenge others to make their communities safer, healthier, and better for children and youth.       

Our Mission

The mission of Phoenix Rising Inc. is to foster human trafficking survivors' growth through leadership, education, advocacy, and development.    

Our Goals

  • Promote awareness and education about human trafficking.
  • Advocate for victims’ rights.
  • Provide a safe haven to foster growth by reducing shame, increasing self-worth, and restoring self-confidence.
  • Assist victims as they overcome trauma. 

Our Vision

We envision a nation without human trafficking where no survivor walks alone.   


Statement Of Belief

We believe survivors of human trafficking can find a path to healing and thriving. 

We believe in a holistic, eclectic approach to the treatment process where the mind, body, and spirit can transform. 

We believe encouraging the search for truth and challenging beliefs taught by

perpetrators gives a survivor the opportunity to grow and develop. 

We believe in serving as role models and mentors to those who have been victimized by assisting as they take back their lives.

We believe in being a welcoming, safe home for all those who enter our doors. 

We believe in being authentic people who will meet a survivor where they are and walk alongside them in their journey. 

We believe in being a community who will be there as the hurts are healed, hope is restored, and freedom is found. 

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Board of Directors

Phoenix Rising's board is made up of members who provide leadership, volunteer their time, and give financially because they are dedicated to seeing an end to trafficking in our world. 

Interested in becoming a board member?  Email us at: info@phoenixrisingky.org

Meeting minutes, financials, and other information available by request.