Face Forward was founded by Mrs. Deborah Alessi in 2007. The mission of Face Forward is to provide Pro Bono plastic reconstructive surgery to women, children and men who have been victims of Domestic Violence, Human trafficking or other Cruel Acts of Crime.

The urgency in providing relief to innocent individuals lies in the fact that the lasting physical and emotional effects of domestic violence and human trafficking have a documented ripple effect through generations and can affect many more than just the abused. The scars of abuse are a constant reminder of the traumatic event, causing physical and psychological pain, often times lasting much longer than the abusive event. These reminders can cause victims to feel ashamed, ostracized, and unable to fully recover.

Face Forward wasn’t created just to remove the physical damage caused by violence but, it was created to help people love who they are. It was created to heal people’s lives and restore their emotional health.

We give our patients a “hand up” not a “hand down” and by doing so, they have overcome various obstacles in life and with our help, they have managed to create a better future. By helping them believe that anything is possible, we have seen our patients succeed in many ways. Some have become Advocates, International Motivational Speakers, Founders of their own Non-Profit Organization and much more. Our professional staff and benefactor support at Face Forward continues to grow daily in our task to assist victims of violence find a new face and a new beginning.

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