Tajuan McCarty is the Founder of The WellHouse, and has used her passion for the issue of human trafficking to develop this nonprofit into a faith-based and Christ-centered agency dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation/human trafficking. Her experiences include: social work, community outreach, and as a consultant on women’s issues. Additional professional experiences include leadership positions in which she has assisted women ex-offenders to re-enter society; helped implement Alabama’s first program devoted to helping chronically homeless, severely mentally ill women, and as a social worker for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. She holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Tajuan is uniquely qualified to be a forerunner in the fight against trafficking, as she understands victims situations all too well. At 15, she was sexually exploited by her “boyfriend-turned-pimp”. She was trafficked to Birmingham so many times, it became her home. Her many experiences make her a passionate advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Tajuan was recognized as one of The Top 20 Women Who Make a Difference in Birmingham and accepted The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of The WellHouse, due to her efforts to fight human trafficking.