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5 Things You May Have Missed in 2017

Lindsey Malcolm

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As we settle into 2018, we wanted to look back over 2017 and embrace the progress that was made in the fight against human trafficking - progress that your support made possible! 

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{1} Bringing Freedom
    to Uganda

International Sanctuary welcomed its first cohort of girls in Africa last year. After just 3 months of dedication, learning, and hard work, girls in the Uganda Sanctuary were producing sellable jewelry and generating revenue.

{2} Hope is Alive in Mexico! Our Sanctuary in Tijuana, Mexico has grown through anti-trafficking partnerships and financial support, giving plenty of hope to women escaping exploitation and encouragement to the local community.

{3} From Victim to Lawyer! One of our courageous young women who rebuilt her life in the Mumbai Sanctuary completed her third year of law school and will soon be a legal advocate and representative for victims of human trafficking in India.

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{4} Caps & Gowns in California! Two young women graduated from our Professional Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking (POST) program which provides training and skills for future employment opportunities.

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 {1} A Decade of Achieving the Impossible

In September, International Sanctuary celebrated 10 years of working with young women and girls escaping human trafficking. Hundreds of lives have been transformed over the last decade and we look forward to another year of celebrating hope.

We are looking forward to many new accomplishments in 2018. Thank you for your support. Join us this year in reaching even more young women escaping human trafficking. Together we can bring hope, dignity and freedom. 

Surprised by Hope

Lindsey Malcolm

By Seema D.

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I have been supporting International Sanctuary since January 2009. International Sanctuary empowers survivors of human trafficking through a unique model integrated employment, education, healthcare, and community.

Growing up, my parents could never provide me with answers to my troubling observations as we visited India. Not until I was 18 did I realize the atrocity of human trafficking, that girls were being sold for sex. Since having my two daughters, I have become even more passionate about fighting for women’s rights.

For years, I have heard about the courageous young women escaping human trafficking and imagined a time when I would meet them. Finally, this past summer, I was able to meet them face to face in Mumbai, India.

The Sanctuary, however, was not at all what I expected. Walking in, I anticipated a heaviness which you would expect in an environment fostering healing from trauma. Instead, I experienced joy, hope, and a spirit of bold confidence.

I had the opportunity to teach a Life Skills & Professionalism session in The Academy, their 3-year educational program. The session included a Q&A on cultural barriers and how to overcome them. I was able to share with them a bit about my beliefs and perspectives, and encourage them in their growth and development. Many of the girls expressed challenges that they were currently experiencing and discussed ways to work through them.

I also had the opportunity to sit down in the workshop and have one of the young women teach me how to make a piece of jewelry. We bonded as she demonstrated the skills needed to handcraft such beautiful creations. I gained incredible respect for the determination required to hone her craft.

It was an honor to be able to meet 25 of my new sisters and become their Didi; I look forward to returning.