A Bay Area native transplanted to Southeast Asia, Susanna serves with Compassion First, an aftercare shelter for child survivors of sex trafficking.
“My passion is to bring loving, hope-filled, trauma-informed care to survivors of sex trafficking in Southeast Asia.
I first began serving in Southeast Asia in a church planting ministry in 2016. After years of seeing the problem of human trafficking thriving all around me, I sensed God moving me to focus my efforts on helping survivors of trafficking. I completed my Masters degree in Human Services Counseling in 2021, and returned back to Southeast Asia in 2022. Since then, I have helped open a new safe house for underaged female survivors of sex trafficking. Currently my focus is overseeing the trauma rehabilitation program and the girls’ individual care plans. I also assist with staff training and development to further empower the staff to effectively provide high quality trauma-informed care to the survivors that they serve.
I am so privileged to use my passions of psychology and trauma-informed care to help these incredible girls that have already undergone so much in their young lives. My favorite part of this ministry is watching a girl’s transformation from the time she enters the safe house to the moment she actually realizes that she is safe, loved, and has a bright future. The change is dramatic when she knows she is special and has choices in life. It is so precious to witness!
I love Reality SF and have grown tremendously since first joining. My first Community Group helped brought me to people that truly cared and supported each other – something I really needed at that time! Even though I am overseas now, I listen to services online and follow the weekly schedule on what is going on in SF. It is such a blessing to be connected even though I am far away.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and have been a Giants and Warriors fan from birth! I love artisan coffee, and will go to great lengths to find the best beans in order to brew the perfect cup. I enjoy running, reading, and playing the piano.”
Meet Our Missionaries
Learn about some of our other Local Missionaries serving in the Bay Area.
Jason & Justine Martinez, YWAM San Francisco
Jason and Justine are both spiritual directors, and lead a ministry of Because Justice Matters called Azul, which supports and resources young adults through workforce training, inner-life development, and mentoring.Read their story
Erin Canino, International Justice Mission
Previously an attorney in San Francisco, Erin is currently serving with the legal team of International Justice Mission in the Philippines, which focuses on fighting the serious issue of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children through legal casework and policy advocacy.Read their story