how hurt people can help other people
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Donations change lives. Meals, water, and a home are the basic needs. But some people, people who have been hurt worse than most of us, need special homes.
Trafficking survivors who are able to check in to a long term care center and take charge of their education, healing, and career goals are able to create a new life for themselves. We all know we’ve been through rough times and there were people who were there for us. That’s just what we’re doing for survivors, It doesn’t mean we’re better than them. We’re just showing empathy.
If survivors aren’t able to heal, eighty percent of them are likely to be re-trafficked by another coercive and abusive trafficker. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the opportunity. Children who are trafficked may be placed back into foster care, or, if they were forced to commit crimes while they were trafficked, they may be unjustly placed into juvenile detention.
Some children will be placed back with family. However, even this best case scenario can end horribly. One girl who was trafficked for two years was found to have committed suicide because of the trauma she endured. “When we got her back, she was already broken and addicted. At that point the road to recovery was and is one of the hardest things for any child to overcome,” her grandmother said.*
Several months ago, we spoke with the DC Human Trafficking Task Force. Due to a miscommunication, they thought our safe home was already up and running, instead of being in the planning and fundraising stage, as it is. The disappointment on their faces was hard to witness, as they went on to tell us that there is a huge need for more beds (meaning more room in safe homes for trafficking survivors) in our area.
At Libertas Home, we are working to fill that gap, and with your help, we can do it. Every donation will be like a brick to build a home for survivors. Monthly donations are the most helpful, because consistent funding allows us to open sooner and provide more regularly for girls who are survivors of trafficking. Please donate now!