When you hear the term “sex trafficking victim”, you might imagine a chaotic rescue scene during a midnight police raid. Or, see a girl being comforted by a counselor as she lies crying on a shelter bed. At FAIR Girls, we have worked numerous times alongside law enforcement to extract a sex trafficked young girl from the hands of her violent pimp. We have also stayed up long nights consoling confused, homeless, and broken teen girls.
However, overcoming a life of exploitation and trafficking means so much more to a girl survivor at FAIR Girls. It means empowerment. After the crisis moment, we spend countless hours with each girl to help her plan for a restored future. For many of our girls, that means finding a place to live, applying to school and jobs, and learning to believe in themselves again. Several of the young women at FAIR Girls also want to help other girls who have been sold and exploited, just like them.
Today, we are honored to welcome a young woman survivor of trafficking to our staff. Just like the other three girl survivors on our team, she was exploited as a young teenage girl. She spent her 16th birthday being sold in hotels and online by multiple traffickers who preyed upon her because she was a homeless and vulnerable. Though her body still shows the scars, she has come so far. Now at 24, her life is filled with the typical college experience of cramming for exams, working part-time, and finding her way in the world. But, unlike most college women I know, she wants to give back to the community that helped her survive three years of brutal sexual exploitation. She wants to help other girls on their own paths toward becoming survivors.
Today is also Match Day, where Global Giving will match 30% of your donation to FAIR Girls to fund even more services to enable exploited girls to develop into empowered advocates. This means that if you give $50, it will turn into $65, which helps us reach our fundraising goal of $5000.00 for match day!
Our amazing new survivor leader will spend her first day going inside a D.C. public high school to teach a group of teenage girls how to stay safe from trafficking. She’s the perfect person for them to talk to because she knows firsthand all of the tricks that a trafficker will play to lure a teenage girl into a life of exploitation and sexual violence. She has experienced and knows what it takes to overcome a life of exploitation. For that reason, she has already become an inspiration to other young girl survivors in FAIR Girls’ empowerment programs.
We are excited for the months to come. The FAIR Girls’ family has just gained an amazing survivor advocate, and we hope you’ll join us in warmly welcoming her!
As always, FAIR Girls could not do our work without the amazing support of friends like you. Helping a young trafficked girl become a survivor takes intensive counseling, resources, and support that we could not provide without you. Please consider donating today on Global Giving's Match Day to make your gift go even further. If you are in the D.C. area, we invite you to join us at our annual gala, Pearls of Purpose, on April 3rd for a night of celebrating surivivors of trafficking and girls empowerment. Thank you so much for believing in us the way we believe in our girls.
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