In 2000, Freedom Firm founders Greg and Mala Malstead joined International Justice Mission (IJM) and moved their family to Mumbai, India.
For five years Greg worked for IJM as their Operational Field Director for Mumbai, and established IJM’s first anti sex trafficking work in India.
During his time with IJM, Greg built a team of investigators, lawyers and social workers who partnered with local authorities to rescue and bring justice to victims of sex trafficking. The team led and participated in interventions that resulted in the rescue of over 450 victims of sex trafficking and the prosecution of more than 180 perpetrators. They successfully obtained convictions in 6 ground breaking cases.
Greg and his wife Mala passionately believed that the most effective way of creating systemic change was through the rescue and legal work. They also recognized that the life of each rescued girl was profoundly damaged through their experiences. The girls identified themselves as commodities. They accepted their “fate” and the lies the brothel keepers told them. They had no dreams for their future. They had no viable marketplace skills. The girls needed more than some counseling; they needed consistent, thorough restoration.
In 2006, intent on achieving the successful restoration of each rescued girl, and empowered by the valuable lessons they had learned from their time with IJM, Greg and Mala founded Freedom Firm. Combining Greg’s legal expertise with Mala’s creative passion and teaching background, Freedom Firm now work to rescue girls, bring their perpetrators to justice, and walk alongside the survivors as they begin their journey to restoration. Dedicated staff teach the girls crucial life skills, pave the way for dignity through employment and foster healthy independence.
Since our foundation in 2006, Freedom Firm has rescued over 300 minor girls from the commercial sex trade. We are actively involved in restoring the lives of these young women to wholeness and purpose.
In January 2014 Freedom Firm celebrated our 100th successful rescue operation. We are currently overseeing the legal proceedings in over 100 criminal court cases initiated against the perpetrators. We have achieved nine convictions to date and many of our pending cases have a strong potential for conviction.