Our Story

Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) is an independent 501c3, Washington State Charitable Nonprofit Organization. REST was founded in November 2009 by a small team of women with experience dealing with...

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Our Values

Our values are our attempt to articulate our identity, and to define the manner in which we approach our work. Our values are about how we view all people, in particular, our clients, and our motivation for why we do what we do.

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Amanda Hightower

Executive Director

Loved by Jesus, our greatest Advocate, Amanda is both pioneer and counselor at heart. She holds an MSW from the University of Washington and envisions a community free of exploitation.

Bridget Battistoni

Director of Operations

Compelled by the love of Jesus, Bridget excels at envisioning, engineering and general chaos-wrangling. Dreams of a world free from exploitation. Leader. Writer. Counselor. Builder.

Edward Sumner

Director of Development

Follower of Jesus. Sex-trafficking abolitionist. Compelled by a restorative Kingdom vision, Edward is a passionate advocate for the least of these. Inspiring champions to join the fight.