All month long, I’m participating in Dressember to raise funds and awareness for anti-human trafficking efforts. I’ve been connected to a local non-profit, New Creation, for several years, and am passionate about their mission and vision. New Creation’s work includes: educating youth to prevent trafficking and equip them to join this fight; developing partnerships with other organizations to see victims rescued and rehabilitated; generating funds to fuel the fight against sex trafficking. Every item tells a story of freedom, shares the hope of restoration, and breathes the belief of change.
Several years ago, I first shared about how my incredible friend, Sabrina Dorman-Andrew, purchased a condemned porn shop. Her plan was ambitious and redemptive: to restore the building and use what had been intended for evil for good. Specifically, every item in the new shop would be made by survivors of sex trafficking.
After months of fundraising and hard work, Sabrina and her team saw their initial vision fulfilled. Today, New Creation offers hope and healing to thousands of women through the selling of survivor made goods, as well as prevention education in our community about trafficking happening right in our city.
Often we want to close off our ears to hearing about trafficking, but as Sabrina had shared previously here,
The truth is, like all other forms of wickedness, it thrives on our disbelief, multiplies in our unwillingness to acknowledge it, and grows in the darkness. The very first step to fighting for justice is searching for the truth.
But New Creation’s work is far from over. They continue to form partnerships that allow more and more women to be rescued. Having sustainable income and dignified work after employment provide a true way for women to avoid being returned to their previous lives.
New Creation’s is a light in the darkness of human trafficking. I join them in their belief that our voices, our prayers, our movement can bring about change.
Here are practical things YOU can do to seek justice for the oppressed:
PRAY – This is our most powerful tool to combat the darkness. Pray for the victims that they would have strength and hold onto hope until they are rescued. For the traffickers, pimps, and johns that their eyes would be opened and that God would change their hearts to turn away from this evil. For legislation and laws to be changed to reflect our nations heart for this issue. For NGO’s and organizations to have favor and perseverance to continue their work in this most difficult mission field.
EDUCATE YOURSELF & OTHERS – When we begin to educate ourselves to the truths of injustice and start bringing awareness to those around us, we are laying the ground work for righteousness & justice to prevail. Organize an event at your school, church, or even your small group to bring awareness to this issue.
BE PRESENT – On average a victim of trafficking is in the presence of adults dozens of times and those adults do nothing, or are not even aware of what’s happening. Be aware and present enough to notice a situation that seems suspicious.
Here are some flags:
- person cannot come & go as they wish
- under age providing sexual services
- is fearful, submissive, or nervous
- shows signs of distress around law enforcement
- avoids eye contact
- lacks health care/malnourished
- shows signs of abuse
- has little to no personal possessions
- has no money, bank account, or proper identification
- lack of knowledge if their whereabouts
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888 or you can text HELP or INFO to BEFREE (233733)
GIVE – The work of rescue, restoration, and prevention is costly. I believe it’s worth it! It’s why I’m doing this dress thing all month long, and I’d be so grateful if you’d consider donating, even the cost of a cup of coffee, towards these efforts.
Lauren’s Dressember Fundraiser for New CreationNew Creation is a Virginia-based non-profit counteracting human trafficking through education, awareness, design, + the hope of Christ.$1,450.00 donated
Thank you so much for joining me in supporting the work of New Creation in Harrisonburg and around the world!
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