California nonprofit offers free plastic surgery domestic abuse victim
Domestic abuse survivor aims to ‘heal the lives’ of other victims by founding a nonprofit that provides them with free plastic surgery for their injuries
- Los Angeles-based nonprofit Face Forward started in 2007 by founders David Alessi, a board-certified surgeon, and his wife, Deborah Alessi
- Deborah was the victim of domestic abuse in a previous relationship
- The goal was to help two to three victims of violence per year with their injuries
- But the organization has since grown where the organizers help two to three victims per month with the help of 12 surgeons who work pro-bono
- One woman sought out the organization after she was set on fire by her husband
- Another man received help after he was the victim of an acid attack in the UK
A California nonprofit is offering free plastic surgery to domestic abuse survivors, victims of human trafficking and other suffers of violence to help them move on from their injuries.
Los Angeles-based nonprofit Face Forward first started in 2007 as a side project for founders David Alessi, a board-certified head and neck surgeon, and his wife, Deborah Alessi. The nonprofit was important to Deborah as she previously suffered from domestic abuse in a past relationship.
The nonprofit launched with the intention to provide pro-bono surgeries to sufferers of violence to improve their lives both physically and emotionally.