Defense is the best offense. Instead of merely waiting for people to be exploited Not Abandoned is actively working to discover vulnerable peoples before they are victimized. In addition to this preventative work, we are continually increasing our network of strategic and like-hearted partners. This issue of slavery is simply too large and complex to tackle without an all-hands-on-deck attitude from every sector of society.
Research and identification of vulnerable communities
Creation of exploitation prevention opportunities
Strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals globally to support programs
Government and agency alignment where these vulnerable communities exist
We reach out to those in slavery in their place of need; we do not expect them to come to us. It’s hard enough to be in an abusive environment concerned each day with mere survival. It’s harder still to find the extra strength needed to reach out to someone for help. Understanding this, it is a core value of Not Abandoned to have direct contact with those in need.
Outreach into brothels and on the streets of exploited communities
Ongoing education for staff, interns and volunteers on safe, appropriate, effective and relevant outreach methods
Build long-term, emotional deep relationships with those in need
Focus intervention efforts on identified strategic trafficking hubs
“Show up and love” is a refrain often repeated by Not Abandoned’s staff and volunteers. This is our job, show up and love. What this looks like in the everyday world is very practical. Often those in a trafficking situation, or those who have recently gotten out of the “life,” come to us with a myriad of emotional and physical wounds. Our first priority is to provide resources that create a new environment of stability, healing and most importantly, safety.
Provision of basic necessities such as emergency housing, food, clothing and hygiene products
Trauma sensitive counseling and art-therapies
Personal life coaching and spiritual mentorship by staff and community volunteers
Financial counseling and emergency assistance
" Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
People who have been trafficked become experts at survival. The girls, boys and women we work with are eager to regain their financial independence and begin providing for their families in healthy ways. Once they have rested, stabilized and sunk their metaphorical teeth into the process of healing, then it is time for the real dreaming to begin. To not address the very real need of financial sustainability would be to unlock the door of freedom but then to never open it.
Computer, English and soft-skill and budgeting classes
Job placement services
Vocational-specific industry training such as baking and cosmetology
Business start-up and micro-loan mentoring
The sign of freedom after trafficking is commonality. When a woman is able to launch out in a brand new life, working a job of her choosing, bringing in money to support her family and eating and sleeping in healthy patterns, then a sense of normalcy has been restored. It is important to note that the achievement of normalcy is an ongoing process and not necessarily a one-time and final stage to complete. Launching-out and reintegrating to a home community means that ultimately the bad guys have lost and the good guys have truly won.
Re-education for families and communities
Continued spiritual and emotional mentorship of recovering individuals
Continued mentorship of new business owners
Opportunities to participate in outreach to others with similar experiences