Recently, a young woman entered our doors in Orange County, CA seeking help after escaping from her captors. Years of trauma were evident in her eyes and spirit. However, while she was physically free, her mind was still caged. In our eleven years fighting human trafficking, we have found that escaping is just the beginning of freedom.
Healing from trauma is a multi-year process with two steps forward and one step back. Frustrating, painful, difficult, hopeful, and joyful, the journey is long but worth every moment. Millions of women around the world do not know that the doors to their future are just waiting to be opened. Facing the difficulties of severe poverty, illiteracy and cultural devaluation leaves them more susceptible to being exploited and re-exploited.
Through education, health and community, we empower girls and women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth.. We walk along these individuals on their journey offering help, not handouts, because empowerment is about knowing that you have the efficacy to care for yourself.