Fashion line helps human trafficking victims

Tourmaline Designs, Cleveland, Ohio
Tourmaline Designs is a local clothing line with a mission: to help victims of human trafficking. Founder Tiffany Halverstadt donates a percentage of her total sales to a local charity that provides a safe human trafficking victims. She talked to us about choosing her clothing line's mission, what she's learned from running a business in Cleveland and what inspires her.
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