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Human trafficking is a serious problem and an offence to humanity. Victims are sexually exploited, psychologically and physically abused and held against their wills.
And before you say this isn’t a problem in the US, according to an article in the Huffington Post, “America holds the title of ‘second highest destination in the world for trafficked women’ (Wiehl, 2010). Between 14,500 and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the USA each year. In most cases the average age of the prostitute or exploited victim is between 12 and 13 years old.”
Although law enforcement is working harder to stop human trafficking, more needs to be done to help the women and children who have ben affected and abused.
The HOPE Project is working to make a difference by creating a program that is rehabilitative, healing, and transformational to the survivors.
Located in Calverton, NY, HOPE Project, provides free housing for women for 2 years as they find recovery and healing and acquire the skills necessary to provide for themselves and live independently.
All participants will be provided with both individual therapy and group therapy, enabling them to find the emotional healing and support they desperately need. As well as the education and life skills these women need in order to live productive and successful lives once they have found emotional healing.
An important aspect of what they will offer the HOPE Project participants is job training. As the women find emotional healing and strength, they will have the reward of a paid position at White Field Farm that also provides job training and experience. Through their work, they will learn responsibility, perseverance, and how to work with others.
White Field Farm
White Field Farm is a company that was started by the sisters of All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in 2012. It is a natural body product and soy wax candle company that is committed to using the highest quality ingredients.
Their goals are to spread awareness of human trafficking in Long Island and to support hiring the women participants of Hope Project on a part-time basis.
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