Our Team

Lauren J. Hartin

President/CEO, Co-Founder

 

Lauren was born in Jacksonville, Alabama, and raised in Powder Springs, Georgia. She received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Mercer University in 2006 and a Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law in 2010. Lauren has been licensed as a member of the Alabama State Bar since 2010 and has managed a solo law practice. She participated in the issue group “Business as Mission and Human Trafficking: Prevention and Restoration” during the 2nd Global Think Tank on Business as Mission from 2012-2013. Lauren served on the board of directors and as interim chief operations officer for the WellHouse, an organization assisting women who are victims of human trafficking. On January 21, 2015, she incorporated and founded Blanket Fort Hope, a nonprofit helping child victims of human trafficking, and served on the board of directors and as the executive officer. On April 25, 2019, Lauren and her husband, James, incorporated and co-founded S.T.A.R. Youth United. Lauren loves being a mom, and she and James are active members at their church.

James Hartin

Co-Founder

James Hartin was raised in Millbrook, Alabama. He attended Victory Christian Academy and is an Eagle Scout from Troop 19. James received a B.A. in History from Auburn University Montgomery in 2007, a Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law in 2010, and a LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama in 2012. James has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 2010 and works for the State of Alabama. Alongside Lauren, James helped establish Blanket Fort Hope, serving as it's Board Chair and Special Events Coordinator. James enjoys working in child/youth development, including his work at his church’s “Kid Central” program and continued activities with the Boy Scouts of America.