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Top Story:  Our U.S. Aftercare is Growing!

Our U.S. Aftercare is Growing!

 

Our U.S. Aftercare is Growing!
FEBRUARY 2021: We’re excited to announce that A21 received funding to open a second Freedom Center in the United States!


As we begin planning for this new venture, we look forward to the  new avenues of care this center will provide for survivors in our aftercare programs. The center will be based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is expected to open later this year.

The Freedom Center is at the core of A21’s Restore Strategy–it's an independent, community-based model of aftercare. 

From holistic healthcare and one-on-one support to job training and life skills, your support gives survivors of human trafficking a fresh start and a hopeful future. Providing a sense of home, a safe place to heal, rediscover hope, and take steps toward restoration and independence. 

Click here to learn more about aftercare at A21 →



How a Photo Can Spread Awareness

FEBRUARY 2021: END IT MOVEMENT

Action starts with awareness so mark your calendar and get ready to join us on END IT day—February 25, 2021.

End It Movement 2021

A21 is a proud partner of the END IT Movement, which focuses its energy toward making the world aware of the fact that not only does slavery still exist, but that it’s more prevalent now than at any other time in history. 

By using your voice and your social media platform, you can share the reality of human trafficking and invite your community to be part of the solution.

Raising awareness starts by clicking here →



#BREAKINGNEWS: A Pregnant Woman is Free From Sexual Exploitation in Greece

FEBRUARY 2021: With the help of a client, a pregnant woman escaped exploitation in Greece and is now free.

After years of sexual abuse in her home country, this young woman accepted what she thought was a ticket to a new life abroad. Targeted by a trafficking ring, who capitalized on her vulnerability, she was locked up and forced into prostitution. A21 is assisting with medical care for her and her baby, psychological support, and additional basic needs as she regains her strength and restores her future.

Because of your support, this woman gave birth in safety and is on a journey to freedom. We can't thank you enough.

Pregnant Woman Free in Greece

Invest in freedom & see more survivors set free. →


 


What Graduation From A21 Means To a Survivor

FEBRUARY 2021: Graduating from A21’s program is a significant step in a survivor’s restoration journey.

What Graduation From A21 Means To a Survivor

A survivor's graduation from A21's program is a significant time in their restoration journey. Throughout their time with A21, survivors and A21 caseworkers are collectively working together to understand  various vulnerabilities, both existing and future, as outlined in the International Justice Mission’s Assessment of Survivor Outcomes:

  1. Safety
  2. Legal Protection
  3. Mental Wellbeing
  4. Economic Empowerment and Education
  5. Social Support 
  6. Physical Wellbeing 

These categories have been studied and identified as making survivors highly vulnerable to revictimization if they aren't addressed. Therefore, our Aftercare team develops effective plans on how to overcome these vulnerabilities. 

Once survivors feel they have outworked their goals in all of these areas and developed solid plans for potential vulnerabilities in the future, they’re ready for graduation.  It’s a positive moment for survivors as they journey towards independence, meaning they no longer need A21's programs and they’re truly thriving on their own! (This is our goal for every survivor in our care.) 

To make the accomplishment of graduation extremely special, survivors choose their favorite meal to share alongside their caseworker and other A21 staff that was important to their restoration journey. At the celebration, A21 presents the survivor with a letter that has their initials monogrammed at the top and outlines their accomplishments during their time with A21. This letter highlights what they’ve accomplished and how much they’ve overcome since joining our program. 

The commencement celebration not only makes graduation a positive moment in a survivor's life, where they can be celebrated but it also helps them see they’re in control of their future and success. This instills a sense of empowerment in them as they leave A21's care and move into the next stage of life.

Graduation Letter

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Reach –

Comic books are saving vulnerable children.

Exploitation is threatening people everywhere, especially minors. But you can empower vulnerable children with comics in multiple languages to stop trafficking before it starts.

These comic books illustrate the warning signs of human trafficking so that children and their parents are equipped to avoid trafficking situations.

Learn more here  →

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2 young children holding the comic book. Older child is reading younger child contents of book.
 

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Rescue –

We answer calls in 200 languages.

Often, victims of trafficking are deceived with the promise of a job or a better life in another country. They may not speak the language of the country they’ve been trafficked into. Can you imagine how scary that would be?

Our national hotlines in Greece, Bulgaria, and South Africa have received many calls from victims trafficked from another country. But through the use of translation services, we’ve been able to understand calls for help and intervene effectively to bring lives to safety. Imagine the relief you would feel after you mustered enough courage to make a call, and then someone assists you in your language.


You can make these translations possible  →

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Person at laptop computer showing screen reading A21 South Africa Human trafficking hotline: 0800222777
 

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Rescue –

Vocational training can prevent a survivor from being re-trafficked.

We’ve seen educational and vocational training help survivors journey from the deepest of trauma, to a fulfilling life and a bright future. Survivors like Julie*.

Julie was doing everything she could to provide for her children, but she struggled financially without a high school education. She developed a friendship with a man who she trusted and he offered to help her out—until one day he started forcing her to sleep with men for money, under the threat of physical abuse.

One night, Julie bravely escaped while her trafficker was asleep and called for help. She was connected with A21, and our team was able to help Julie complete her education and set herself up for a job to lead her to independence and caring for her children. 

When you give today, you can choose to directly provide educational and vocational training to more survivors like Julie. It can be the difference between slavery and the restoration of a bright future.
 
Give Now  →

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6 Month Review

June 2020: During the months of January to June, we've seen...

95 victims identified.

51 new survivors in our care.

1,339 frontline professionals trained.

2,136 hotline calls linked to trafficking.

 
We are so encouraged by these numbers, but we want you to meet one of the faces behind them. Meet Leslie*. Her life was changed because of your support.


Leslie's Story:

Leslie's Story

  

Leslie was looking for love and a stable life for her children. As a mother of two, Leslie worked extremely hard balancing two jobs and she loved her children more than anything. One day, she met a handsome man who made her feel loved and eventually promised her a better life and a steady job so she could save to support her family. Leslie wanted to give her children the best chance at life possible–so she decided to move and temporarily leave her kids with their father.

When she got there, they were living in hotels and one day, Leslie's boyfriend asked her if she would sleep with someone to pay for next week's rent.

She wasn't comfortable but didn't want to compromise her relationship or her family's future.

After doing this a few times, her boyfriend started bringing other women around to do the same thing. She felt hurt, betrayed, and devastated–so she decided to leave.

After several attempts to leave and years of physical and sexual abouse, Leslie was finally uncovered by law enforcement and assisted to safety from her trafficker.

This is when Leslie's journey to restoration began.

She started working with A21, receiving trauma counseling and psychological services, and was eventually reunited with her children. It's the support of people like you that empowers survivors like Leslie to hope in freedom, wholeness, and a promising future.


Give to help more survivors like Leslie  →


The Simple Gifts that Make the Biggest Difference

April 2020: Amazon wish list providing Gift Baskets for survivors
 
Amazon Wish List

 

Last year, through Amazon Wish List, our aftercare team provided Easter baskets for our survivors and their children because of the generosity of supporters like you. This year, we want to provide you an amazing opportunity again. With the current pandemic, our team is inviting you to provide COVID-19 Care Packages for our survivors and their families.

When you purchase an item from the A21 Amazon Wish List, the items are sent directly to our U.S. aftercare team in Charlotte, North Carolina where they will personally deliver the items to survivors.

It's your support that reminds our survivors that people care about them, that there is hope in the midst of a crisis, and that they are stronger than any challenge they are currently facing.

Want to send a gift?

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What will you do with the freedom you have? Young survivor photo

 


What will you do with the freedom you have?

MARCH 2020: FREEDOM STARTS WITH YOU


As an abolitionist, you are what makes our work possible. For over 12 years now, we’ve seen the power that can lie in the actions of everyday people who dare to believe that slavery can be abolished. Our story has always been about the story of one–and how the one became many.

We’ve only just scratched the surface of the impact we, as a global community of abolitionists, can have when we all come together.

There are still millions affected by this global crisis–but when you give today, your action has the power to change the lives of human trafficking victims like Emilia, June, Dalila, and Paul, all around the world.

 
Learn more about their stories & join us in the fight against modern-day slavery


 

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