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Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims

by APRAMP (Asociacion para la Prevencion, Reinsercion y Atencion a la Mujer Prostituida)
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Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Rescue and Empower Sex Trafficking Victims
Maria sharing her story
Maria sharing her story

In this report, we have the privilege of sharing that we have been able to, once more, help accompany a girl who has suffered such violence, exploitation, and trauma, and who has been identified as a victim of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, in her recovery process, supporting her as she transforms into a SURVIVOR!

Earlier this year, Maria (for data protection purposes, this is a fictitious name) came into contact with APRAMP after being identified as a human trafficking victim. She was brought to Spain by her “boyfriend”, who she later discovered was just using her and who had simply been “preparing” her for what she was to find in Spain: being forced to work in prostitution. During this time, Maria was required to work long hours -no matter the weather conditions-, to do as the clients desired, and was given very little money to eat, receiving none of the earnings of the services she was obligated to give. She suffered physical, sexual and psychological violence and abuse on a daily basis, had little contact with the outside world other than the hours she was “working”, and was alone in a country where she didn’t know the language.

Once Maria began to come into contact with APRAMP’s Social Agents (the trafficking survivors trained by this very project), she began, as she describes, “to have more hope that there was a way out, and that the nightmare would end”. Little by little she began to have more confidence in these Social Agents, until one day she decided she wanted to come to the Care Center to receive help, as the Social Agents had informed her. So, Maria came to APRAMP’s Care Center, and began her recovery process. Months passed and Maria was doing so well in the training courses, was processing her trauma during therapy sessions, and most importantly, she began to dream again about the future.

Maria was recovering and learning fast, showing a lot of improvements and capabilities to work, so APRAMP was able to incorporate her into the Project “Survivors Rescuing Victims of Trafficking”, providing her the opportunity to be trained professionally to become a Social Agent. Thanks to the $115.00 we earned since our last report, Maria has been provided with all of the training material she will need over the next year to become a Social Agent and help rescue other girls like her who are going through exactly what she went through.

Maria is so excited to help others. She mentioned the other day to her new co-workers, “I cannot wait to help women just like you all helped me. I had lost hope, and once I met you guys, I knew there was still hope, even if it was just a little.”

On behalf of Maria and APRAMP, we appreciate your donation and willingness to help support our project. It truly makes a difference in the lives of women and girls who have suffered tremendously. Maria was rescued because of your commitment and dedication to rid society of the violence against women. So, THANK YOU!

The team of Social Agents
The team of Social Agents
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Still foto from the short film, Loveth
Still foto from the short film, Loveth

Since our last report in May, APRAMP has been able to raise $346.00 thanks to the generosity of all of our project’s donors! Every dollar we receive helps change the lives of individuals who have suffered human trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. These individuals are not just statistics, each one is a real person, a daughter, a sister, maybe even a mother to young children, and the money given to the project helps offer them REAL alternatives so they can begin a new life, free from exploitation. The money received over the past 3 months will help pay for the training materials for 2 new survivors, as well as 1 month’s transportation to training sessions for 1 survivor.


Over the past 3 months, APRAMP has had some very exciting events occur which have helped raise-awareness on the issue of human trafficking in Spain. Recently, APRAMP launched a new campaign, “Loveth” which shares first-hand the story of a Nigerian girl who was trafficked and sexually-exploited in Madrid.


This campaign was launched inspired by the proactive work which the Mobile Rescue Unit carries out on-the-ground. This team of recovered survivors, who have been trained through the exact project which you all, our generous donors, have helped to fund, and the work they do has prompted us to launch this campaign as a reality that needs to be addressed and responded to in a holistic manner.


Through the work of these trained survivors, APRAMP has been able to identify and attend to women and girls from 39 different nationalities. The work these brave individuals do not only has an effect on Spain, but also has a tremendous impact on an international level. These campaigns, like “Loveth” and “Chicas Nuevas 24 Horas”, directed by filmmaker Mabel Lozano, have helped make a huge difference in the recognition of the trafficking phenomenon, allowing APRAMP to help more and more individuals who have had their dignity and freedom stripped away from them, simply to be treated as an object.


We share all of this with you all so you truly understand the impact your financial support makes. The money you graciously give our organization, goes directly towards saving women and girls who, as we speak, are being sexually-exploited.


Along the same lines, showing this important work which you all are supporting, we would also like to share that a representative from GlobalGiving came to APRAMP in July to visit our organization and to learn more about the project and the work we do. This site visit was extremely beneficial for us, and we are even more excited to be a part of such a wonderful platform such as GlobalGiving. The representative shared some comments with us, which have helped us know how to improve our presence on the platform, as well as congratulated us on the great work we do. More specifically, she mentioned:

 

“I can't say enough how humbled I was to be in the presence of all of the staff members, but particularly the former victims who now work for the Mobile Rescue Unit. I'm grateful that they were willing to come and speak with me about the work that they do, and I will forever be impressed by their willingness to relive their stories (through the documentaries and testimonials) in order to help other victims.”

We are very proud of the progress we have made and are excited to continue our work and presence on the GlobalGiving platform. It is our hope that you all will continue to help us so we can keep rescuing women and girls who are suffering not only in Spain, but in all parts of the world, and most importantly, so we can fight against this grave human rights violation and ensure more women and girls do not suffer what too many have already suffered and are currently suffering.


Once again, APRAMP extends its sincere gratitude to each and every donor who has helped us get one step closer to our goal. Please help us to continue spreading the word about our project!

If you would like to watch the “Loveth” film, check out the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fWtHTQe3As

For more information on the project, “Chicas 24 Horas”, click on the following link:
http://www.proyectochicasnuevas24horas.com/

Lastly, be sure to check out APRAMP’s website, Twitter, and Facebook page, which give more detailed information on the work we do to fight human trafficking, as well as the most recent news and presence in the media!

Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to get more financial support? We’re open to however you might want and be able to contribute! Your partnership makes a huge difference!

Pictures from the premiere of "Loveth"
Pictures from the premiere of "Loveth"
"Loveth" brings together important stakeholders
"Loveth" brings together important stakeholders
GG rep. speaks with Mobile Rescue Unit members
GG rep. speaks with Mobile Rescue Unit members

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Rescue Unit of Survivors launching a new campaign
Rescue Unit of Survivors launching a new campaign

Thanks to all of the amazing support from so many individuals dedicated to helping women and girls who are victims of trafficking, our organization has been able to get MUCH closer to its goal!

On March 16th GlobalGiving held a Bonus Day where the Platform committed to matching any donation received that day and, as a result, we were able to reach our current fundraising total of $1,392.00. Our generous donors gifted over 500 US dollars and GlobalGiving then matched the total, helping us to earn almost $700 in ONE DAY! In fact, we were among some the top organizations that raised the most money during the Bonus Day, which is incredible because there are over 2,000 projects! Due to the tremendous success we had that day we are well on our way to making a difference in the lives of women and girls who are in situations of exploitation as we speak.

Since our last report, we have raised a total of $1,014. With that money, we will be able to provide 3 survivors with transportation for training sessions for 2 months. While it may not seem like much, the transportation allows the survivors to arrive to the training sessions every day as well as to go out with the Mobile Rescue Unit to carry-out on-the-ground identification and intervention with victims. This means that it not only changes the lives of these 3 girls, giving them the chance to learn and improve their professional and social skills and, in turn, providing them with a brighter future, but it also greatly impacts the lives of many girls who are currently being sexually exploited on a daily basis.

Every morning, afternoon and evening the Mobile Rescue Unit goes onto the streets and into the clubs and private apartments where possible trafficking victims are found. The team of survivors connects with these women and girls, as they know what they are going through, and offers them information on the various services and resources available to them to help escape their situation of exploitation. Every day the Mobile Rescue Unit makes contact and intervenes with around 280 women and girls. Depending on the zones which they enter, two members of Rescue could see up to 100 individuals a day.

With those numbers, 3 additional members of the team could make contact with even more possible victims of human trafficking, offering them real alternatives to help them leave their situation and begin a new life!

One of the newest members of the Mobile Rescue Unit mentioned the other day:

 “I’m so happy to be here. I have learned so much and I love being able to help other girls like me. I can help them see there is a way out and that it is possible to begin a new life.”

So, once again, we would like to thank you for your financial gifts. We really appreciate the support and would not be able to do the work we do without it.

Please help us to continue spreading the word about our project. We are confident we can continue to get closer to our goal! Also, feel free to check out the short video about the story of Isabella, a 16 year old pregnant girl who was rescued from her trafficking situation and who today, has a new life free from exploitation!

Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to get more financial support? We’re open to however you might want and be able to contribute! Your partnership makes a huge difference!

First day as a new member of the Rescue Unit!
First day as a new member of the Rescue Unit!

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With the beginning of a new year, APRAMP has turned a new page and has been able to raise more money thanks to our generous donors! As a result, we are getting closer to reaching our goal!

Over the past 3 months, since our last report, the organization has received around 430 US dollars, allowing us to move forward and begin preparing the program to train trafficking survivors to become Social Agents.

The money we have recently received will be used to buy and get together all of the training materials for at least 4 survivors so they can be trained on how to help other women and girls in similar situations. As mentioned in the project, it costs 90 US dollars to provide 1 survivor with the necessary training materials for one year. Thus, allowing us to prepare the training materials for at least 4 new women.

This is a great step to making a difference in the lives of women and girls who suffer human trafficking and/or sexual exploitation, as it gets us one step closer to being able to begin the program and help women and girls achieve their goals and build professional and social skills, raising their self-esteem and opening up new opportunities. Not only will the carrying-out of this program help the lives of the women and girls who are trained, but it will extend to others who are currently in situations of trafficking or sexual exploitation. Once the survivors are trained, they will become part of the Mobile Rescue Unit which conducts proactive and direct identification in the places where exploitation and trafficking take place.

Once the team detects cases and identifies victims, the Social Agents provide information on their rights and on the services and resources available to them. Quickly, the trained survivors are able to connect with these individuals due to the fact that they share similar experiences and understand better than anyone what potential victims need and how to help them. This relationship of trust which is built with these women and girls in situations of trafficking and/or exploitation opens the door to new opportunities, as the potential victims begin to recognize their situation and seek help to escape from the control of their traffickers and exploiters.

APRAMP is very excited to have received this money and support and, are hopeful that we will be able to reach our goals in order to truly make a difference in the lives of women and girls who are suffering and to fight this terrible human rights violation.

On behalf of the organization, we thank you for all of your moral and financial support! Our hope is to continue moving forward, and we ask for your help to spread the word about the project so we can begin the program. If you want to hear a true story of a survivor who received services from APRAMP, click on the link below. YOUR SUPPORT ENSURES WE CAN HEAR MORE SUCCESS STORIES!
Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to get more financial support? We’re open to however you might want and be able to contribute! Your partnership makes a huge difference!
NPR Broadcast: Story of a survivor who was with APRAMP.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/07/13/422542729/sold-into-sex-slavery-the-plight-of-african-women-migrating-to-europe
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Mobile Rescue Unit
Mobile Rescue Unit

Since our last report 3 months ago, sadly our organization has not been able to raise any more money. As a result, we have had to put the project on hold and have not been able to begin training more survivors to be part of the Mobile Rescue Unit. Every day APRAMP attends to more than 240 women in situations of sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation, informing them of their rights and the resources available to them and, offering them real alternatives in order to escape from the control of their exploiters. On a daily basis we intervene with individuals who are working hard to receive training and education, and who are doing everything possible to begin a new life. Many of these women, after going through their recovery process, express their desire to dedicate their lives to reaching out and helping other girls and women suffering similar situations. We currently have a great team of 7 survivors who have been trained and who are working hard to detect, identify and offer support to those individuals in situations of trafficking and/or exploitation, but we want the team to keep growing. With your help, we can do that!


The other day, one of the women who escaped her trafficking situation and, who was with APRAMP receiving services and support for over a year came back to visit! She came in to tell us how grateful she was for the help and training she received from the organization and that she has decided she wants to focus her career on helping other women escape from sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. She is so excited about the possibility of doing this and is extremely brave, as it is not easy to “return” to the same places where she was being exploited. When the Mobile Rescue Unit goes out to do street intervention, they go directly to the places where women are being exploited, which means that often, the survivors are returning to the same places where they were suffering. These women are brave and very dedicated to the work carried out at APRAMP.


We would like to be able to offer this survivor, along with many others who have expressed the same interest, the necessary training and skills in order to do this job. With your help, we can do that!


Thank you very much for all of your support. Please, help us in spreading the word about the project so we can actually begin to train these women and offer them the chance to rescue other individuals suffering from sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. Check out the link below that shares a true story of a survivor who received services from APRAMP. YOUR SUPPORT CAN ENSURE WE HEAR MORE SUCCESS STORIES!


Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to get more financial support? We’re open to however you might want and be able to contribute! Your partnership makes a huge difference!

No one offers themselves as a slave
No one offers themselves as a slave

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Rocio Mora
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