Restoring Faith While Restoring Faces

October 23rd, 2016 by Bita Milanian - Leave a Comment

Face Forward Mends the Lives of Victims of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Other Cruel Acts of Crime
It is impossible for those of us who live in loving relationships and families, who have the resources to lead comfortable lives, to imagine the pain and suffering of children and adults who are beaten, burned and scarred inside and out at the hands of people they once loved.

In too many cases, the physical abuse is so great that it leaves victims’ faces disfigured, with emotional abuse so devastating their faith is nearly destroyed.


So imagine what happens when compassionate human beings show up to help after this unthinkable violence occurs.  Sometimes this is a police officer or a first responder, an emergency room nurse or physician, or perhaps a neighbor who hears the screams …
And sometimes it is Face Forward

Deborah and Dr. David Alessi in Beverly Hills, CA established Face Forward in 2007 to provide pro-bono physical and emotional reconstruction for women, children, and men who have been victims of crime.

thedoctorsMrs. Alessi, a Scottish-born businesswoman, who before coming to the United States was at the top of her field in the aviation industry, is now full-time CEO of Face Forward, directing her global network and many business talents towards ending domestic violence and human trafficking. Until that day comes, she and her husband are raising awareness, money and building a team of medical professionals to provide free surgeries and counseling for victims who otherwise would continue to relive their nightmares.

Mrs. Alessi is driven by this mission, and last month hosted a spectacular and moving annual fundraising gala along with Dr. Alessi, a world-class reconstructive surgeon, double board certified in facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery. He is also a respected scholar, having given over 200 lectures on sinus surgery, facial rejuvenation and voice disorders. He spent several years as chief of the division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is a clinical assistant professor at UCLA and Cal State LA.

For many years, the Alessis quietly carried on their charitable work, as Dr. Alessi provided care for many indigent trauma patients when they had no other doctor to turn to for reconstruction.

182302195This tireless work evolved into the Face Forward Inc., (a 501c3 registered non-profit) when Mrs. Alessi realized that, although these patients could be physically repaired, there was inadequate support system for counseling and ongoing therapy.  And today, they have the likes of Lana Parilla and Hikmat Al Kaitoob as Global Ambassadors, as well as celebrities who give their time in support of the cause, including the likes of Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sharon Stone, Tom Arnold, Shaun Toub and many others.

ffbitaPaying the love forward, some of the individuals Face Forward has helped have become advocates, international motivational speakers, founders of their own non-profit organizations and more.

Please join me in supporting this important organization by donating time, talent and resources via and follow their important work, helping the victims heal in more ways than one, and move forward in life.

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