Meet the Team
Director of Communication
Co-Founder Freedom Firm USA
Mala Malstead, an American, was born in Kolkata India in 1970. She spent her first three years in Kolkata and then aboard Operation Mobilization's ocean-going ship. Living and attending school aboard the Logos, Mala experienced over 40 different countries before she turned 10 years old. The family moved to the US in 1980. When she was eighteen, Mala first heard about child sex-trafficking as a senior in highshool (1988). An Indian friend of the family who worked with women in the red-light district in Kolkata, told her about young girls who were sold and forced into sexual slavery. Deeply concerned about this injustice, she vowed to work in India after finishing college.
Sarah learned about modern day slavery in middle school and has sought out ways to advocate for justice ever since. After studying music and business administration at Belmont University, she moved to New York City to work for The Navigators. She believes there is value and beauty in the transformation of one life. Alongside her ministry to college students in the Mid-Atlantic, Sarah loves connecting more people to the mission of Freedom Firm.
Leah completed her MBA from Regent University in December 2008 before joining her future husband in India in January 2009. Together they spent the next 7 years in Freedom Firm's Pune field office. During this time, Leah and Mala worked together to found Ruhamah Designs, a business dedicated to providing rescued women a healthy, sustainable livelihood. After returning to the U.S., Leah joined Freedom Firm USA to manage accounts, audits, taxes, and other interesting necessities!
Anne learned about Freedom Firm in 2007 while she was working at an equine therapy program. In 2008, she spent 3 months sharing her skills with rescued girls at the aftercare program in Ooty. That experience led her to return to India and continue assisting with the program from 2009 to 2011. After moving back to the United States, Anne continued to follow the work of Freedom Firm and currently serves as a board member and grant writer. Anne joined Freedom Firm's work to offer support and hope to girls who have endured such compounded difficulties and abuse. It has been her joy to see many of their lives changing for the better over the years.