The first time I heard about the issue of Human Trafficking, it was because someone showed me the video I posted below. I was sickened, I had no idea such a thing was even happening in the world.
Since then, I've learned a lot more about their organization and am thoroughly impressed. Everything they do is thought through to be effective in actually dealing with the problem--in research of the issue, prevention, and aftercare. They're having a global impact in all of these areas, and also in raisin awareness! They present the issue in a way that is easy to understand and share, and that's not a small feat, especially with an issue so hideous and hard to digest.
Read about their responses to Human Trafficking around the globe here.
1,000 youth ages 12-17 are being sexually exploited in Ohio.
When you visit Gracehaven's website, this is the front page news. I live in Ohio, and the seminar that I attended that triggered the creation of the Comic Creators Alliance focused largely on what is happening here in Ohio. Sadly Toledo is one of the largest hubs for Human Trafficking in the U.S. Members of Gracehaven house spoke at that conference, and I was moved by what they are trying to do. Gracehaven is a house that is trying to open, to offer shelter to victims who want to get out of the horrible situation they find themselves in.
Currently, there are only 49 beds available to victims in the entire country. So let's help Gracehaven open!
Over the last year Gracehaven has made many of the necessary renovations they needed to make to get the house up to code so that it can open. I am told this is what the money we raised last year was used for. In addition, they raised awareness and education in several key areas, and were advocates of the first Ohio law against human trafficking!
You can read the complete list of 2010 accomplishments here.