Safe Passage: Help 150 Girls Survive Trafficking

 
$41,550
$8,450
Raised
Remaining
Dec 14, 2009

Safe Passage for U.S. Girls Victimized by Trafficking

Young D.C. Girl Selling Candy/Begging  on the Streets
Young D.C. Girl Selling Candy/Begging on the Streets

I founded FAIR Fund six years ago. I thought that we would be working exclusively in faraway countries. Our first youth anti trafficking prevention programs launched in Bosnia and Uzbekistan. We remain heavily committed to our programs for street-involved, orphaned, and trafficked girls in countries that include Serbia, Russia, and Uganda. This morning, I had the privilege of joining the Better World Campaign and the UN Foundation for a small lunch gathering with UN Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Rachel Mayanja. Ms. Maynanja is from Uganda and spoke passionately about the need for better legal advocacy and partnerships to address violence and trafficking of girls in areas of conflict, such as northern Uganda. She surprised me when she also stressed that violence against girls happens right here in the United States and other developed countries. No place is immune sexual violence, human trafficking, and other forms of violence against women. However, the global community is bringing world leaders, community-based partners, and even young people themselves together to effect change. While walking through the streets of downtown Moscow, Russia this past Fall, my colleague and I discovered a 9-year-old girl being forced to work at midnight on the streets. We followed her and saw her several nights. I lamented and was frustrated that no one - not even other women's organizations we talked to - seemed to think anything could truly be done for her. I fumed at what I thought was a system of neglect and uncaring. Again, just a few days ago, I met another 9-year-old girl walking the streets, selling candy out of a dirty crate. Only this time, she was not in Russia or Uganda. She was in Dupont Circle - one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. She told me she sold candy to help pay for a school trip to New York. She handed me an informational sheet printed on the back of a bar menu and I noticed her chapped fingers and frayed coat sleeves. A van was parked across the street and an older man appeared to be supervising her. I called Child Protective Services. I don't think anything was done. I have been looking for her ever since. On December 8, the LA Times reported that domestic child victims of sex trafficking are not receiving the care they need to truly recover. In November, a 5-year-old girl, Shaynia Davis, in North Carolina was sold by her mother to a man who planned to sexually assault her. She is now dead. The current news now verifies what FAIR Fund has known for the past three years - American girls and boys are also being victimized by sex and labor trafficking. FAIR Fund and our partners continue to find victims inside D.C. public schools, youth shelters, and on the streets. I believe that a child is a child and exploitation is exploitation. No one - in particular a child - deserves to be exploited through human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery. The holiday season is on us. I am once again hanging the holiday lights and making my famous chocolate mint cookies for friends. But, actually, what really makes me happy is the new hope I have for a 16 year old girl in D.C. who I will call Tara. Tara is has been exploited by her parents pretty much her whole life. She has been sold into prostitution and at times even thought she was okay with her situation. Just a couple of weeks ago, Tara decided she had had enough and walked out the door. It is true that there is not enough support for trafficked girls like Tara in D.C. or nationally. With limited housing options and untrained social workers, I am not sure where Tara's next steps will lead her. However, FAIR Fund and two local youth shelters pulled together, and Tara is getting a roof over her head, food, and is being supported 24/7 through FAIR Fund's JewelGIrls program. We are creating a safe passage for Tara. I truly think she is hopeful for the first time in her life.

Young Russian GIrl Begging on the Streets
Young Russian GIrl Begging on the Streets

Links:

Nov 30, 2009

Gabrielle Christian joins FAIR Fund with a PSA campaign video!

Gabrielle wearing jewelry created by " JewelGirls" in Serbia
Gabrielle wearing jewelry created by " JewelGirls" in Serbia

Gabrielle Christian, star of South of Nowhere and GirlTrash!, has joined FAIR Fund to help create a safe passage for girls at risk or victimized by human trafficking. Her video, created at the FAIR Fund office on November 23rd, tells viewers about her time with FAIR Fund in Serbia where she met many of our clients and conducted night outreach to help reach out to more girls in need.

Gabrielle Christian promoting FAIR Fund
Gabrielle Christian promoting FAIR Fund's anti trafficking work
Gabrielle Christian conducting night outreach with FAIR Fund
Gabrielle Christian conducting night outreach with FAIR Fund

Links:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Retired Project

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Find another project in United States or in Women and Girls that needs your help.

Organization

FAIR Girls

Washington, DC, United States
http://www.fairgirls.org

Project Leader

Andrea Powell

Washington, DC United States

Where is this project located?