Rachel Sumner Haaga
Rachel Sumner Haaga is a proud Memphis native who has always enjoyed a passion for serving. After graduating from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in Psychology, Rachel joined an international volunteer organization, Youth with a Mission, for five years. Over half of her time with this organization was spent in Cambodia. It was there that she found herself in an unlikely calling which ultimately led to her passion of fighting exploitation and striving for justice. Rachel worked with SALT Academy, Sports and Leadership Training, introducing soccer and leadership training to youth in orphanages as well as safe-house rehabilitation homes for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking.
With the mission of eradicating human trafficking in her heart, Rachel returned to Memphis and joined a local nonprofit as the Assistant Director of the Anti-Trafficking Team. It was at this local nonprofit where Rachel and other team members birthed Restore Corps, where Rachel currently serves as the Executive Director.
Since her time as Executive Director, Rachel has focused on her mission to empower survivors, equip communities, and change community and legislative systems. A few ways she has done this is by forming Community Aftercare Restoration Endeavor (CARE), contributing to Tennessee's human trafficking response plan, educating roughly 1,000 people on human trafficking annually, and being an expert speaker and panelist at human trafficking forums such as the JuST Conference, Union University and University of Memphis. She is a participating member of the Tennessee Human Trafficking Advisory Council, Health and Human Services Region IV Human Trafficking Workgroup, and hosts the quarterly Commercial Sex Exploitation of Minors workgroup for Shelby County.
Notable awards include the Employee Spirit Volunteer of the Year Award from Volunteer Mid-South in 2013 and Honoree for Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 in 2014, and the Memphis Women of Achievement Award for Determination in 2018.
Rachel challenges the audiences she presents to, as well as, our Corps Team of staff and volunteers, “Revelation requires response.” Now that we know the reality of the injustice faced by victims of exploitation in our community, we are required to act.