Our name is inspired by the Hebrew phrase:
mi’avdut le’cherut • ”from slavery to freedom” • מעבדות לחירות
After witnessing the horrors of sex-trafficking in Ukraine and Kenya, Yves and Jody Masquéfa returned home to Orange County to find sex-trafficking was happening to Americans right here in their own backyard. Once home, they met with local law enforcement and organizations who rescue and rehabilitate victims. They discovered the real missing link to permanent change; training and long term employment opportunities in a safe and understanding workplace environment specifically for survivors. Using their 30+ years of experience in the restaurant business, they built a business model to fill this gap. Kherut was born.
Kherut empowers survivors of human trafficking by providing education, mentorship and long-term employment opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. Kherut’s innovative solution is to build commissary kitchens that will support up to 10 food trucks per location (a POD). Working with partnering organizations such as Teen Project/Vera’s Sanctuary, Waymakers, Salvation Army, Casa Teresa and I Sanctuary, survivors will go through a paid four-phase training plan allowing them to learn skills in food service, cooking, catering, event planning, menu design, social media, customer service, bookkeeping, inventory control, marketing, sales, multitasking, and problem solving related to this business platform. It is our goal that Kherut employees will want to grow with the organization and promote to higher level positions however, should they decide not to pursue a career with Kherut, these skills also crossover into many different industries giving them the experience and references they need to build their resumes.