June 17, 2016


Face Forward Partners with The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children
-- The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children will be Working to Connect Face Forward with Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking Victims in The United Arab Emirates --

    LOS ANGELES, CA, June 17, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Face Forward is now collaborating with The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children who shares in their mission of supporting and protecting women and children who have fallen victim to domestic violence or human trafficking and working towards a violence free society. Face Forward provides emotional support and reconstructive surgery for women, children and men who have been victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking or any Cruel Acts of Crime. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE that runs specifically for the care of women and children. DFWAC was established in 2007 to offer immediate protection and support services for women and children in the UAE against domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.

DFWAC actively works toward their vision of a violent free society and has created community education and support programs that promote awareness and prevention on violence against women and children. For urgent cases, those that face immediate danger to their safety, DFWAC provides sheltering services. This includes temporary housing under the supervision of a high qualified team that works around the clock in addition to providing the sheltered cases with all their daily needs of food, clothes, transportations and other needs. Additionally, DFWAC provides medical services for all the sheltered clients free of charge.

"Collaborating with The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is such an exciting step for Face Forward. Together, we'll be able to protect and support even more survivors, while making greater strides to a world free of human trafficking and domestic violence," says Face Forward CEO/Founder Deborah Alessi.

"DFWAC is very pleased to join forces with Face Forward in combating human trafficking and domestic violence and providing help and support for more survivors. We look at this collaboration as a model of how the concerned entities around the world should work together globally to face these kind of issues and we hope that this will just be the beginning of even more collaboration in the future ," says DFWAC's Director General Afra Al Basti.

Face Forward's co- Founder, is world-renowned, double board certified ENT and plastic surgeon Dr. David Alessi MD, who performs a majority of the Face Forward surgeries pro bono at the Alessi Institute. He has treated nearly 50 Face Forward patients with hundreds of surgical procedures since the organization began in 2007, all at no cost to the patients. Dr. Alessi has been selected as one of the nation's "Top Doctors" by Top Doctors in America and has recently expanded his practice to The United Arab Emirates with locations in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 2013, he received the RealSelf 100 Award for Online Commitment to Patients for his dedication to educate and enrich the lives of current and prospective patients. Dr. Alessi has completed over 16,000 surgeries including 4,500 nasal rhino plastic surgeries and 2,000 neck lifts and facelifts. Dr. Alessi is also renowned for his reconstructive abilities, often fixing the problems of other surgeons.

Since its creation, Face Forward has worked with community leaders around the globe to identify victims of violence who are working toward recovery yet carry the burdening physical evidence of past abuse. Both Deborah and Dr. Alessi donate their time and skills 100% to help provide Face Forward patients with their necessary surgeries, counseling and aftercare. Funds raised by Face Forward help with travel costs, accommodations, transportation, nursing aftercare, prescriptions and more for patients from around the world.

On September 24th, 2016 Face Forward, will host its most important fundraising and awareness-building event of the year. The Seventh Annual Gala, "Havana Nights" will take place at beautiful Vibiana, in Historic Downtown L.A. to raise awareness and funds for the organization with a goal of $500,000 to support new patients and aftercare expenses for 2017. The evening will also feature Cuban infused cuisine by Bravo's Top Chef Master, Neal Fraser.

Juliette Harris | julietteh@itgirlpublicrelations.com | 310-577- 1122

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