I have been doing quite a bit of research on Anti-Human Trafficking programs throughout the U.S. recently. I wanted to do an entry on different organizations because the effort of these groups needs to be acknowledged. I applaud each and every one of their efforts. I’m going to post their websites where you can find information on internships and methods to donate.
Eagles Wings Ministry
On Eagles Wings Ministries was founded to encourage women of all backgrounds
to overcome the pains of their past, renew their strength through God’s word, and begin to soar as they experience God’s love, forgiveness, and grace found in Jesus Christ.
On Eagles Wings Ministries provides services to women and girls who are trapped in commercial sex
ual exploitation. On our website, you can find a list of our projects and events. We are in need of volunteers to help with outreach
. To learn more about our outreach and call center, please visit www.rahabshope.com
The founder Emily Fitzpatrick, has recently become a dear friend of mine. She has such and encouraging and kind personality. You can definitely tell she works to glorify the Lord. On Eagles Wings Ministry has multiple projects. One of which is Hope House.
Hope House of NC
According to their website they work to provide a place of seclusion, restoration, and healing for domestic minor sex trafficking victims (U.S. girls under 18 yrs.old). The Hope House is faith-based program. Their voluntary program is a 3 stage process that involves individual goals for personal development and celebrates accomplishments. We understand the journey to healing often takes time and each individual is unique, therefore, our program works with each individual to develop a plan that serves her best.
Emily also leads the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Working Group. Their mission is to strengthen the ability of NC based agencies to identify and serve Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims (U.S. girls under the age of 18 that have been sexually exploited in our state).
To get involved please contact Emily Fitchpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for their monthly conference calls the last Wednesday of each month 11 am – 12pm.
Mercy Ministries of America
According to their website, they are a free-of-charge biblically-based program that serves a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, aged 13-28. Many of the girls, who come to Mercy for help, are facing a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. They are committed to providing the young women they serve with the most excellent program services that allow them to recognize their self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential. Their non-conventional approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities.
Mercy offers a six month program for girls struggling with issues such as physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking, eating disorders, self harm, drug and alcohol addictions and unplanned pregnancies.
Please see their website for ways to get involved. They have locations all over the U.S. but even if you aren’t near their facilities, there are other ways to help.
Beauty From Ashes Ministries
This organization is located in Florida. I was really impressed with their website because they offer so much information that is so “user-friendly”. They have several videos and pictures that make it an easy yet informative resource. According to their website their mission is to prevent, rescue and restore victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
Like these other organizations, they have several ways to get involved.
According to the statistics found on their website:
- 2 million children are prostituted in the commercial sex trade.
- Child pornography generates $3 billion annually.
- The sex industry is a 97.06 billion world-wide business annually.
They also had this passage on their website:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future & a hope.
In those days when you pray,
I will listen. If you look for me in earnest,
you will find me when you seek me, I will be found by you,” says the Lord,
“I will end your captivity…”
According to their website their mission is committed to providing a safe space and loving e
nvironment – in a therapeutic and emotionally healing atmosphere – for domestic sex trafficked girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Courtney’s House is dedicated to the mission of ending domestic sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of all children. They focus our efforts they’re providing a long-term group home and providing direct services.
I have such a high respect for this organization. I know my friend that is a survivor of sex trafficking has been receiving help from them has nothing but great things to say about them. If you are in the D.C. area they have several volunteer opportunities for ways to get involved. They also have an extensive list of other organizations if you aren’t in any of these areas.
A statistic found on their website:
Approximately 325,000 children in the United States are subjected to sexual exploitation every year.
I hope you have gained some knowledge, respect and insight to the efforts of some of the organizations in the U.S. working to restore the lives of victims to help them become survivors. It is such a serious problem….help end it