Jun 13, 2018

Pay it Forward, Sophia's Story

Sofia's First Day!!
Sofia's First Day!!

It’s that time…time for exciting updates on our Project, which you have so generously helped fund!

Another 3 months have passed, and although it seems like such a short amount of time, a lot sure can happen! Right after our last report we began a new month, and with it, a new season. Coming back from “Semana Santa” (a.k.a. Holy Week) 3 new coworkers joined our team, one being a trafficking survivor who now forms part of the Mobile Rescue Unit, Sophia.

This young lady has gone through the intervention process with us here at APRAMP, participating in different professional training courses and working side by side with social workers to receive the resources and services she needed in order to escape her situation of sexual exploitation. After putting in time and effort to achieve full recovery, Sophia has come full circle and is now part of our team here at APRAMP.

The project, “Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims”, is one of the most encouraging programs at APRAMP. While every aspect of our work is important, one of our favorite things is to see first-hand the tremendous growth of these women and girls and to see just how far they are able to come, achieving a new life, a new sense of self, and, most importantly, their freedom.

Sophia, just like most women and girls when we first come into contact with them, was distraught, completely hopeless, and desperate to get out of the nightmare she was being forced to live. She has gone through a very rough journey, but she is now on the other side and has come to “pay it forward” and help rescue other women and girls who are suffering the way she has. She said on her first day at work:

“I’m a bit nervous to start a new job, but I am so happy to be here. Without APRAMP’s help, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I want nothing more than to be part of the APRAMP team and “pay it forward” as part of the Mobile Rescue Unit in order to help other women like me.”

This is what we live for. It is beautiful to see how far Sophia has come and where she will get to go in the future, and BY OUR SIDE NONETHELESS!

So, once again, we say THANK YOU! With your generosity, MORE GIRLS like Sophia are able to BE FREED from such pain and suffering. And not only that, your gifts help them BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TO STARTING A NORMAL LIFE, on their own, and FREE FROM EXPLOITATION.

Please remember to spread the word so we can guarantee more girls have the same rehabilitating and successful story as Sophia.

Be sure to check out our campaigns: Loveth, Exit and Isabella. You can find them all on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/videosapramp

THANK YOU!!!

Apramp Worker
Apramp Worker

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Mar 22, 2018

What a Growth Spurt!!

Survivors celebrating Women's Day and justice!
Survivors celebrating Women's Day and justice!

Greetings once again, dear donors! We sure have been busy over the past 3 months. What a great way to start off the year!

 

With the New Year, came lots of changes…and they keep on coming! Thanks to the success of our projects and activities, the organization has been on television, on the radio and in the news raising awareness on human trafficking and sharing our work and experiences rescuing and helping victims. As a result, we have received additional government funds to expand our services and resources. We have even started working in an additional Centre, and are in the process of opening up more protective housing to take in and protect more victims.

 

This is such great and exciting news for us, but more importantly, for the women and children who are being exploited. As now we are able to provide more services, which means more women and children will be saved, given proper protection and resources, and offered real opportunities to being a new life free of control and exploitation.

 

On top of that, with all of your generosity, this project has been able to take in and begin training 3 additional survivors! These young women are so excited to have the chance to learn how to help other girls and women in similar situations. One of the girls told our team,

 

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m so excited to help other girls, because I am so grateful that APRAMP helped and rescued me from my terrible situation. I want to make sure they have the same chance to escape, be free, and start over.”

 

I also want to take this opportunity to share with you all that the minor who began in the project around 9 months ago and who turned 18 in September, is now finishing up the process to get her Spanish residency, and in the next couple of days APRAMP will be giving her a contract for a full-time job!!!! She will be working partially as a cultural and linguistic mediator, just like the survivors who helped rescue her, and the other part of her day, she'll be in the textile workshop, as she is a very gifted seamstress! She even sketches beautiful creations of her own!

 

I don’t think I have ever seen her smile so much! She is so happy and has been learning so much!

 

That said, we hope you all really understand just HOW IMPORTANT your donations are and the impact it TRULY has on young women and girls who have suffered so much and who deserve the best services and opportunities to begin a new life.

 

So, once again, we say, THANK YOU! Please help us to spread the word and ensure we are able to continue saving more girls and young women!

 

Be sure to check out our campaigns: Loveth, Exit and Isabella. You can find them all on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/videosapramp

Survivor filming an interview for big TV program
Survivor filming an interview for big TV program
Dec 28, 2017

With the New Year brings new life!

Survivors sharing the love with APRAMP Director
Survivors sharing the love with APRAMP Director

Hello and Happy Holidays to all of our old and new donors!

On behalf of APRAMP, we would first and foremost like to wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons! We have been quite busy over here closing out 2017 and preparing for the beginning of 2018. We are organizing new schedules, looking at individuals who could possibly be joining our team, and reflecting on how we can ensure 2018 is even better and more successful on all fronts than 2017!

Three months ago in our last update on our project, Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims, we shared with you the excitement of one of our underage girls -who had recently turned 18 years of age- to be a part of the project and begin learning how to detect, identify and help other girls who are suffering like she did. While she was beginning her training, she was still in an early stage of her recovery process. In the past 3 months, this young lady has truly blossomed and progressed tremendously, becoming more and more independent, empowering her and allowing her to continue in her recovery.

As a result, we are happy to announce that this precious young lady will OFFICIALLY be part of the APRAMP team in 2018 and WILL BE HIRED by the organization to form part of the Mobile Rescue Unit! She is so excited to begin her career and move on to the next stage of her life. A short time after beginning her job and saving up a bit of money, she will be able to move out of our shelter and begin her stage of independence.

This is such an amazing thing for her and after everything she has been through, this is such an important step for her and will allow her to begin her new life!

It is THANKS TO ALL OF YOU and your contributions that she has been able to go through this training and helping her prepare for her new life, outside of the shelter and, more importantly, FREE FROM SUFFERING!

EVERY girl who goes through this project is starting a process of beginning a new life, and currently we have 5 other girls who will potentially be able to join the project once they complete their adaptation stage, as they have just recently been rescued from sexual exploitation and joined APRAMP’s recovery program. After a few months, surely some of these beautiful girls will ALSO be able to begin this process. In fact, I´m sure you will hear something of the sort in our next update!!

That said, once again, on behalf of all of APRAMP and all of the women and girls we are able to help through the Mobile Rescue Unit and through this project, thank you for your financial support. Your donations are more than money; they are opportunities for a NEW LIFE. So, as we bring in the New Year, we are ready to bring in MORE new life!

Never forget the importance of your financial support, and please help us to spread the word and keep raising money. Every dollar donated goes directly towards saving girls and young women.

Be sure to check out our campaigns: Loveth, Exit and Isabella. You can find them all on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/videosapramp

THANK YOU!!!

Former participant of the project shares her voice
Former participant of the project shares her voice
Participant/survivor joins Director in an event!
Participant/survivor joins Director in an event!
 
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