Roxie Farrow founded The Exodus Project (TEP) in 2013. After having several conversations with friends and family who heavily doubted the existence of human trafficking in Roxie’s hometown of Washington, D.C., TEP was born as a sticker campaign. Posting on social media and throughout the local community, Roxie’s intentions were to get a conversation going about human trafficking, which she calls “modern day slavery.” Now a nonprofit organization, the goal of TEP remains the same: to enhance awareness about domestic human trafficking, effect change within local communities by familiarizing people with the risk factors and outcomes associated with human trafficking, and enhance the visibility of those commonly affected by such circumstances.
Throughout her career, Roxie has worked closely with what she considers the most vulnerable populations in Washington, D.C., which includes teenagers, particularly those who have had experience in the juvenile justice system or foster care system. She is passionate about youth advocacy, and her connection to human trafficking is a personal one. When Roxie was in the fourth grade, she was kidnapped from a Washington, D.C. neighborhood and forced to work as a domestic servant in multiple jurisdictions throughout the U.S. until returning home six years later.
After her return to mainstream society in 2001, Roxie attended and earned her diploma at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School. Before attending Trinity Washington University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Arabic Studies, Roxie served as a Residential Advisor and Teacher’s Aide for Howard University’s Upward Bound program for two consecutive years. In 2015, Roxie earned a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Roxie has spent over a decade working in the social services and behavioral healthcare sector, tending to the underserved and at-risk population of Washington, D.C. in roles including case manager, care coordinator specialist, behavior health specialist, substitute teacher, intake specialist, and school administrator. She worked as a Group Facilitator for The Covenant House’s Respite Center in Southeast, Washington D.C., providing counseling, resources, and facilitating life skills groups involving at-risk homeless teenage parents. Roxie also served as a co-facilitator and production team member with City at Peace DC, helping design and implement youth workshops related to cross-cultural awareness and nonviolent conflict resolution through the mediums of art and musical theater. Roxie has been working as an Intake Clinician at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington since March 2013.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling alone or with close friends and mentoring youth in her community. She loves anything related to art and music, and most importantly, she loves to laugh. Driven by her passion to give a voice to voiceless populations, Roxie remains dedicated to bringing positive change to her community and ultimately to every corner of the world.