Child survivors of sex trafficking often feel overwhelmed with the trauma and recovery process. They also often feel fearful of law enforcement and other being forced into group homes where they are made to confront their past. We are all still learning how to best identify and serve these brave youth.
A nationally recognized survivor of sex trafficking and nonprofit leader receives $35,000 from L'Oreal to aid more survivors on their journey to freedom and thriving. We are truly humbled by her work, her bravery, and her fierce professional advocacy. Yes!!
YES!! The new book featuring FAIR Girls amazing director of policy, Erin Brophy Andrews and former case manager Jacquelin Hahn is out! It also features the story of one brave FAIR Girls survivor among many more. This is really a wonderful look into the world of serving survivors of sex trafficking. Here is a link to where you can purchase it! #FAIRGirls #endSextrafficking
An estimated 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today. Although many have heard about human trafficking abroad, not many Americans are aware that sex slavery is a threat here in the United States. Our goal is to break the myth that sex trafficking is a foreign issue. It occurs right he...
"In a number of states that had available data looking at girls in the [prison] system, the overwhelming majority of girls behind bars had suffered instances of sexual and physical violence. In some states like South Carolina it was 81 percent of girls; in places like Oregon it was upwards of 93 percent. So when we looked at those high rates of traumas together, with the most common offenses that girls were being arrested for, it really made clear that it was that victimization that was driving the abuse." ...
This holiday season, FAIR Girls needs to raise $25,000 to meet our fundraising goal. We have so far raised $15,000! We have $10,000 to go! Will you help us get there with a contribution today?
When you support FAIR Girls, you support young women and girls who are survivors of human trafficking. Your contribution helps us reach 100s of young women who need us. In fact, we recently celebrated the 100th young woman resident to move into our Vida Home, the only safe transitional home specifically designed to serve young women survivors of human trafficking!
Dear Colleagues and Friends: This holiday season, FAIR Girls needs to raise $25,000 to meet our fundraising goal. We have so far raised $15,000! We have $10,000 to go! Will you help us get there with a contribution today? When you support FAIR Girls, you support young women and girls who ar...
Each year, more than 1,000 children are arrested for prostitution in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.”
To be clear, 1,000 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. Many, many more are arrested for other reasons. In 2014, we at FAIR Girls advocated for the passage of the Sex Trafficking of Minors Prevention Act in DC to ensure that child victims are found and provided services. This year, we began the process of launching HOPE Court to provide children the services they need to heal and stop the cycle of abuse & exploitation. There is so much more we need to do to achieve that goal, including more housing.
This case is horrible in its particulars but not unique in that so many child victims are treated as criminals in our justice system.
We are so excited to learn of the 12 bed new safe home for women survivors of human trafficking in the NC area. Like our Vida Home, survivors will be able to safely thrive in housing for 90 days while gaining employment and other critical services. Yeah!
A Wilmington non-profit organization opened what they are calling the East Coast's first emergency shelter for victims of sex trafficking. Since 2012 A Safe Place has helped 400 local victims and now they will be able to help even more.
At FAIR Girls, we have thought seriously about how to speak to the horrible situation that CNN helped bring to light in a recent undercover report that exposes Libyan men and women being sold in open air in markets. They are beaten, haggled over, assaulted, and treated worse than any human or even animal should be.
Here is what we would like to say. Slavery is real. You can't hide from that knowledge and this report pushes it in our faces. ALL of us have a role to play to help combat it. Whether it is a Libyan 25 year old man (as told in this excellent Washington Post article) or a 14 year old Maryland girl or a 27 year old transgender man. We can not ignore that the vast majority of the victims of sex trafficking we see at FAIR Girls are African American young women and girls. Slavery in all it's forms is chained to structural inequality and racism. This article speaks that truth well.
We assume that anyone who is following FAIR Girls online agrees with us that slavery is wrong. But, liking posts and following pages is only a tiny way to hold true to that belief. We all can do more to show victims and survivors that we are working toward a better society that is free of slavery.
Share this article. Educate your friends on social media and in "real" life. Volunteer for homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, youth mentoring programs or anti trafficking organizations. Contribute to the organizations you know are making a difference in the lives of trafficking survivors. Dig into the root causes of slavery that are clearly based in racism, discrimination, and structural inequality.
We can be a better world. Be the light and help us create more paths to freedom for survivors at home and around the world.