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What kind of behavior do we want to model for our children? It’s a question that motivates parents, leaders, and anyone who is considering what the world will look like for the next generation. Modeling justice for her children is one reason Heather Clark shared she is so passionate about being involved in the work of Uncaged.

“It’s really important for our kids to know the world exists beyond their own faces,” Heather told us. “The life they can see is not the story for everyone in the world.”

Heather and Dan Clark have been around since Uncaged was only a concept. They have watched the organization grow and have been partners since the early days. They were some of the first Key Holders, monthly partners who hold the keys to transformation for human trafficking survivors.

When we asked why they wanted to be a part of this work, Heather said,

“You can’t deny that the Lord is in this. We’ve seen how God has opened doors in terms of opportunity, in favor with the right people, and providing the property for The Sanctuary. If you want to be in the Lord’s will, you don’t have to look very hard. You just figure out where God is moving, and get on that path. The reason anti-trafficking work matters is because it matters to God.”

Heather said she would challenge others to think about the commission we have to carry the burdens of others. She talked about how we sometimes think about our own loads and how heavy they feel. But, what are we responsible for? Other people have what Scripture calls “burdens”—crushing loads they cannot carry on their own. “Being sold into slavery is a crushing load,” she continued. “That is a burden you cannot handle on your own and someone has to help you. You cannot know about these kinds of burdens and then do nothing.”

We asked what Heather would say to someone considering becoming a Key Holder and getting involved in monthly partnership with Uncaged. She said she would tell people how much of a difference a little bit of help makes for women needing freedom from the physical, emotional, and spiritual bondage they are in.

“It’s a direct correlation,” she explained. “The more you give, the more girls we can get out, and the sooner God can redeem their stories and set them back on a path of healing and wholeness.”

She had a final word for those who might already be involved but want to do more: “Double your efforts and get busy!”

Find out how to become a Key Holder today!

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We're so excited to give you the first look at our brand new Key Holder program! We've been on a long journey to see the dream of the Sanctuary in Romania come to life, and you've been right there with us. This year we were able to get the Sanctuary up and running. We received our official certification from the government. And what we’ve all been waiting for, we welcomed our first survivors onto the property!

We are unlocking transformation for survivors at The Sanctuary and you hold the key!

That's where the Key Holder program comes in. We need your help to continue seeing precious souls find freedom and healing. We're inviting you to have a closer look inside The Sanctuary and be an integral part of the ongoing journey of transformation we want to see happening in Romania.

Our Key Holders represent the most dedicated anti-trafficking advocates. Through a commitment of monthly giving, you can help us continue our work of unlocking transformation for survivors in Romania and across Europe.

No amount is too small, and every gift makes a difference.

Your monthly gifts will put you right alongside trafficking Survivors, providing for their needs and impacting their lives!

The ongoing costs of running the Sanctuary every month include:

  • Facility maintenance and upgrades

  • Clothing and food for the survivors

  • Therapy training and supplies

  • Upkeep for the animals and the grounds

  • Paying the staff and running training

  • Educating local people on how to fight trafficking right where they are

We are the very first facility in Romania to receive authorization to work specifically in survivor aftercare and protection. When the government gave us our license, there was no designation for what we do and there were no standards set for facilities like ours. They gave us more than we asked for and we will be able to set the standards for helping survivors that need protection from their traffickers in this country!

When you become a Key Holder, at any giving level, you will be a part of this ground-breaking work. You will also receive exclusive content every month. Dedicated monthly emails like this one will include information from our experts and stories from The Sanctuary you won't get anywhere else.

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Updated: Aug 2

The U.S. State Department annually releases the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) in July. This report ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking.

This year's TIP report shows us that the needs are as great as ever. Romania remains a primary source country for sex trafficking and labor trafficking victims in Europe. More asylum seekers entered the country in 2021 (9,590, up from 6,000 the year before). Many of these migrants are vulnerable to trafficking while in the country where they do not speak the language or know how to protect themselves. We also saw an increase in the number of children trafficked, up to 77% of all identified trafficking victims from 72% in 2020.

This year, Romania moved from a Tier 2 Watch List country to a Tier 2 country, meaning the government is doing more to combat trafficking. We are proud to be partnering with officials in the government to see these efforts increase. Our team met with a high-ranking government official recently and when he heard that our work is fully funded by donors, his eyes lit up. Romanian people and officials alike are in awe that we are willing to invest in their country and their problems, and to partner with them in a well-funded solution that involves empowering Romanians in their own country!

On Saturday, we are joining many others around the world in observing World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day helps bring much-needed awareness to the "serious crime and a grave violation of human rights" of trafficking. Learn more in this quick video.

This year’s theme of the day focuses on the role of technology. The U.S. State Department reported that Romanian "government officials and NGOs report increased recruitment of children via the internet and social media as a result of the pandemic. Media outlets allege the online sexual exploitation and abuse of girls as young as 12 years old."

Teaching children how to protect themselves is vital to stopping traffickers! That's why we're working to blanket Romania with anti-trafficking resources. We are in continuing conversations with local officials who are connecting us with the right people in the government so we can help influence, impact, and create standards for the prevention of trafficking and aftercare for survivors in the country.

We must remain vigilant to eradicate human trafficking and unlock transformation for its survivors. Thank you for helping us unlock the cage with your support!