Helping Survivors in Our Own Backyards
Nov 16

Helping Survivors in Our Own Backyards

How Freedom Stickers can give anyone the chance to become an abolitionist

Sooner or later, we've probably all had the desire to be involved in the rescue of those caught up in sex traffciking. Yet, without an official badge or high-end technology, the average person figures, "what can I do?"

Ties That Bind
Nov 09

Ties That Bind

Understanding the Role of Relationship Dependency in Exploitation

Relationships help us frame our lives, give us purpose and identity, affirmation and affection; and sustain us in times of trauma, change, and chaos. They are the glue that holds us together. Relationships were designed by God be life-giving, nurturing, loving, and encouraging. Yet why is it some relationships create heartache, havoc, and pain? Ties that bind can really hurt.

5 Myths We Need to Stop Believing About Sex Trafficking
Oct 30

5 Myths We Need to Stop Believing About Sex Trafficking

Let's start telling true stories.

If we really are passionate about ending sex trafficking for the good of the victims, not just because it makes a sensational story, then maybe we should consider some of the ways we spread information more closely.

Caring for the Vulnerable Child
Oct 15

Caring for the Vulnerable Child

Mending the Soul's emerging curriculum addresses childhood trauma and abuse.

Although estimates vary, a high percentage of women and teens who are victimized by a trafficker have a childhood history of trauma and abuse that left them with an unclear sense of worth and personal boundaries.

Buy a bracelet, give Hope
Oct 07

Buy a bracelet, give Hope

A beautiful way to make a difference

The holidays are coming up fast, and who doesn't love a gift with a story behind it? 

Abducted
Sep 22

Abducted

A Story of Redemption

This abductor took hold of my mind and didn’t let go. It made me do many things ‘normal’ females don’t do....Like a pimp, the abductor took me to the pit of hell.

Dear Church:
Sep 14

Dear Church:

Can we partner together?

As terrible as human trafficking is, our loving Heavenly Father has chosen and prepared us, His Church, to respond to this atrocity.

YES Walk to End Slavery 2015
Sep 02

YES Walk to End Slavery 2015

Celebrating three years of awareness and solidarity.

“We believe that educating youth about the existence of slavery is crucial,” says YES, “because the rising generation has the opportunity and responsibility to create a world in which unjust practices in the name of profit are not tolerated.”

You are the one who shows up.
Aug 25

You are the one who shows up.

This year's Hope Matters Mentor Training.

We as the Church have the opportunity, the blessing, and the responsibility to step in and take action, restoring the image of God to the world.

The Phone Call That Changed Everything
Aug 05

The Phone Call That Changed Everything

Celebrating everyone who makes Adorned in Grace possible

It was in the summer of 2010 when Linda Tribbett received a call from Kate Wilkins at her petite bridal shop in Fairview, Oregon.

Why Hope Matters
Jul 10

Why Hope Matters

We become what we believe.

How do we go on believing when the road to healing is long and uncertain? How do we remain faithful in hope when circumstances can sometimes point more strongly towards despair?

Love Gives Way
Jun 18

Love Gives Way

How Busy People Can Still Do Something About Sex Trafficking

So you want to do something about human trafficking.

Maybe it was the article you read in the newspaper, or the documentary you watched last year. Maybe it was the survivor who bravely shared her story, or the statistics you read all over the internet.

You’ve already agreed that selling and exploiting other people is not OK. But what are you going to do about it? Or, maybe a more accurate question may be, what can you do about it?

The answer: a whole lot more than you probably think.

 

Why Unity Matters
Jun 04

Why Unity Matters

Someone recently asked me, “Why is unity important in the battle against the darkness of human trafficking?” I thought the answer was obvious, but while taking time to think about it, I discovered there is a deeper question – a question about the importance of unity, especially in the fight against the evil of sex slavery that destroys those created in the image of God. 

Dress for Freedom
May 20

Dress for Freedom

Volunteers Make it Possible

Two girls, in brightly colored dresses, run across the hallway, giggling as they open the door to a room of full-length mirrors. They stand back and gaze at their reflections, hair curled in ringlets, make-up beautifully applied, and the shimmer of their gowns reflecting the light. For a moment, there is silence as they take in the sight and then the giggles return as they start to express their amazement at the transformation. “You’re beautiful, girls!” a volunteer assures them as she passes by. And for the first time, in a long time, they agree.  

Darlene: A Faithful Servant
May 15

Darlene: A Faithful Servant

Celebrating Darlene's Service to Trafficking Survivors and the Community

It all began with a Natalie Grant concert.

She was excited to hear her perform but she wasn’t expecting to find God’s calling for her life. But then a video about human trafficking in Thailand started. She watched as girls of all ages were shown standing in windows and being sold for sex.  And then time stood still as her eyes focused on an image that still remains emblazoned in her mind today – that of a young girl, 6 or 7 years old, who was standing in a cage and peering out between the bars. Darlene’s life changed in an instant.