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Salt & Light Coalition combats human trafficking head-on in Chicago

Izabel Olson, founder and executive director of the Salt & Light Coalition, joins Good Day Chicago to talk about their efforts to empower women and destroy the system of human trafficking in the city..


An inside look at sex trafficking

Thursday, May 10, 2018

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The FBI, Cook County Sheriff's Department and not-for-profits are working together trying to stop the cycle of the sex trafficking trade. Those who actually escape sex slavery face difficult roadblocks as they try to rebuild their lives.

Marian Hatcher is the human trafficking coordinator for the Cook County Sheriff's Department. Hatcher told the I-Team she had what appeared to be a normal life before having a baby with a gang member who was very abusive…

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SPINS Owner and CEO, Tony Olson, Launches Salt and Light Academy in Yangon, Myanmar

Apr 27, 2018, 9:15am EDT

CHICAGO, April 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SPINS®, the leading provider of data-driven solutions for the Natural and Specialty industries today announces the launch of Salt and Light Academy in Yangon, Myanmar. The school and orphanage are the culmination of a vision of SPINS' Owner and CEO, Tony Olson, in partnership with his wife, Doctor Izabel Olson, founder and executive director of Salt and Light Coalition, and Empower International…

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Chicago-Based SPINS Offers Another 100 Jobs to Workforce in Just Over a Year

08/30/18 11:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- SPINS®, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics, and consulting for the Natural, Organic, and Specialty Products Industries, announces record growth in personnel over the past year.

In March 2017, SPINS announced an expanded workforce of over 200 employees, with plans to close out the year with an additional 50 new hires. Since this announcement, the firm has hired more than 100 people…

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How Salt & Light Coalition Heals Through Yoga

July 14, 2017

Izabel Olson, the eventual founder of the Salt & Light Coalition, learned an astonishing fact through her work teaching yoga to female inmates at Cook County jail in Chicago, many of whom were survivors of human trafficking.

“Two women every hour are trafficked in Chicago, which [equates to] 25,000 women each year,” says Olson.

Olson, who also taught yoga to women in a recovery program at Chicago Dream Center (a nonprofit that assists victims of human trafficking and more), noticed a trend among all her students. In addition to addiction problems related to trouble coping with their situation, a lot of the women had anxiety related to their future beyond the jail or program…

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Meet Izabel Olson of Salt and Light Coalition

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Izabel Olson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Izabel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under challenging circumstances. My father was a political activist who was incarcerated for 9 years when I was just twelve years old. I experienced homelessness and faced the struggle of growing up without her father present, I was a single mom at 18. But, no matter how challenging my life was, I could always see a light at the end of the tunnel. This light was my education, a strong and supportive mother, my love for Jesus Christ, and my passion for health and wellness…

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