Natasha Nascimento

Founder & Executive Director

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and after spending over a decade in Florida, Natasha Nascimento’s diverse life experience cultivated a sensitivity to acknowledge and find ways to serve others in need. Recognizing the local urgency to advocate on behalf of children without a voice became a catalyst for Natasha to create Tampa Bay’s first Holistic Program for trafficked girls. Inspired, but afraid, she opted to leave her career in finance to launch the foundation, Redefining Refuge. For her work in this sector, Natasha was awarded The Lightning Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, as well as the Spirit of Humanity Award by the DeBartolo Family Foundation. Since the organization’s inception in 2010, she has been invited to the State Capitol and the United States Capitol where she continues to campaign for legislative change. A blend of faith, courage, humility and integrity; Natasha isn’t just an Advocate fighting for exploited children, she’s an Advocate fighting for the creation of a better world for all children.