Every day in December, I’ve worn a bow tie to raise awareness and donations for Dressember to fight human trafficking. We’re down to the very end and we’re coming up a little short. My goal is to raise $10,000 and as of this writing we’re about $3,400 short. Can you help me close the gap and show some love for the victims of this modern day evil?
You can donate online now.
It’s been encouraging to see the ‘likes’ pile up this month—but, quite frankly, ‘likes’ are good but donations are better.
If you’re not able to donate, please spread the word. If you’ve already donated—and thanks so much to the 45 people who have donated so far—please share these posts and get us that much closer to the goal.
Helping Victims of Human Trafficking
I’ve already talked about the practical good your donations can do, from providing therapy to legal services, so today let’s talk about how that makes an impact on real lives.
Here are three real stories of human trafficking survivors helped by Dressember:
Morys: Survivor to Software Engineer
AnnieCannons is a Dressember partner organization that works to turn human trafficking survivors into software engineers. Love it! Participants get training and access to career opportunities.
Morys, a human trafficking survivor, felt lost and disconnected. He wanted to find some skills and make himself “untraffickable.” He found it through AnnieCannons.
“I no longer see barriers, I see ladders and staircases and elevators,” Morys said. “I can do anything I want for the rest of my life and nothing is going to stop me.”
You can read more about Morys here.
Sarah & Caroline: Foster Transition
Olive Crest is another Dressember partner that helps support foster kids as they transition to independence. Sarah and Caroline are both young women who survived human trafficking and needed help dealing with the trauama and transitioning to a normal life.
“I don’t know why I am so angry!” Sarah said. “I don’t want my kid to grow up like me. I want my kid to have more. I want to be a good mom.”
Being honest about her anger led to accepting help and making changes through one of Olive Crest’s programs. Having support systems and programs to help both women achieve self sufficiency can make all the difference.
You can read more about Sarah and Caroline here.
Jayson: Labor Trafficking
The offer of a job in the U.S. can sound too good to be true. That’s exactly what it was for Jayson, who came over from the Philippines for a promised job and ended up stuck. The connection he trusted kept his passport and claimed he owed them money. He didn’t know what rights he had and feared going to the police would only get him in trouble
“I wish I had the right information before I was given an offer,” Jayson said. “I wish I had known my rights before I had come here.”
Cast LA is another Dressember partner that offers legal services to trafficking victims and stepped in to help Jayson.
You can read more about Jayson here.
Let’s End Human Trafficking
These are the people your donations help. There are countless stories like theirs and with a simple and generous donation we can make a serious difference in their lives and put a dent in human trafficking.
Join me in supporting Dressember and helping victims of human trafficking. You can make a donation in any amount to help the cause. Thank you.