What's Happening


Those of you who have been journeying with me know that Uncaged began with a vision: children in cages being released and healed.

It took me some serious soul-searching and exploring to understand what this vision would look like in real life. Today, you and I know it looks like Uncaged. We are freeing the captives, releasing precious women and children from bondage. Even better, we come alongside these brave survivors to make sure they keep their freedom. We equip them to heal. We’re not just unlocking the cage, we’re destroying it to make sure each survivor is never trapped again.

This month, my heart has been carrying the plight of the millions of children enslaved around the world. Almost half of the survivors in Europe are minors. It turns out that the average child survivor is enslaved at just 13 years old. Just last year, we rescued a child who was much younger, only 3 years old when we found her. Remembering her condition is almost too painful to remember, and I will spare you the details. Let me just say this: it’s time for each one of us to do whatever we can to end this evil right now.

You already know the heartbreaking stories of Oceana, Snowy, and her 4 siblings. You may also recall how much restoration and healing they have already experienced in a few short months with Uncaged. Oceana is in school and loves to learn. Snowy is playing the piano and learning English. Her siblings are dreaming about future careers as florists and dentists. Each one feels loved. Children, like all survivors, are more resilient than we can imagine!

These precious children are just a few of the 53 children, both survivors and children of survivors, that our team has accompanied since 2005. We are ready to do more!

Every child who comes to us, whether they are a trafficking survivor or the child of a trafficking survivor, will participate in our world-class program at The Sanctuary. They will receive trauma therapy, housing, and education. They will even enjoy fun things every kid loves like art, music, and movement therapies. This wraparound approach is what unlocking the cage looks like in real life.

Support from people like you is what makes this transformation possible. We know it takes roughly $16,000 per year to provide holistic support to a survivor of any age. Today, I want to invite you to prayerfully consider coming alongside these children by joining with Uncaged.

Let’s bring freedom to these children once and for all!

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When a child like Snowy comes into our care, we know they need a cocoon of complete safety and healing. Restoration is possible! I want to give you an inside look on our world-class model to unlock transformation.

Usually, child survivors come to us when one of our anti-trafficking partners calls us in. Our international coalition of freedom fighters includes government agencies, churches, law enforcement, health professionals, and more. They know we specialize in caring for survivors. Offering special support for children is still pretty rare. A member of our team personally comes to retrieve the child. Often, we will bring a gift that includes items like dolls, clothes, or snacks. We want to these little ones to know we are safe.

Then, we match the child with a hand-selected family ready to take her in. At the same time, we spend a significant amount of time getting to know the child so we can craft the perfect healing journey. Over the next few years, we make sure she is getting the education, healthcare, and fun she deserves. We welcome the child and her family to our Sanctuary for trauma therapy, art therapy, equine therapy, and a wide variety of other support.

Like you, we want to see these dear children grow up with the love and resources they deserve. There's no greater joy than seeing a child survivor like "Daniela" light up and become a kid again. Stories like Daniela are why we're in this fight together. As you read her story, I want you to know that your support and encouragement is what makes these moments possible. We hold the keys to freedom!

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Hi Friends,

Even the smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to a survivor of sex trafficking. You may remember that when we first rescued Snowy, who was just 12 years old at the time, we gave her a doll. What we didn’t know is that it was the first doll she had ever owned. “I never dreamed of having a doll,” she told us.

A Freedom Fighter like you took these words to heart. “Igrett” is a skilled seamstress and businesswoman in Eastern Europe. For years, she has owned a small business where she makes and sells dolls and clothes. Growing up, she always knew about Human Trafficking. “We’re a small country that struggles a lot with this,” she says. “Everyone knows at least a little bit about the problem or knows about someone who has been affected by it.”

She heard about Uncaged through a chance meeting. One day, she took her car to an auto service station and our Europe Director happened to be there, too. They struck up a conversation, and he shared about our work in Romania and beyond. Igrett immediately wanted to get involved, but she wasn’t sure how. That’s when our Europe Director suggested she make dolls for survivors. Igrett ran with the idea.

“It makes me feel so good,” she says. “I want to help the ladies and the children. I even try to customize the dolls so that their faces and hair matches the survivors. I make clothes for the dolls like dresses and doctors outfits to help the survivors dream about their own lives.”

Igrett has already made dozens of dolls as a sign of welcome and hope for survivors. When the Covid-19 travel bans lift, she wants to do even more. “When I can, I want to volunteer at the Sanctuary and teach the survivors how to make the dolls, too,” she says. She knows firsthand that making dolls can sustain a family and bring hope to others.

Every day, we hear of more abolitionists like Igrett rising up and lending their talents to this fight against human trafficking. It can look like making dolls to welcome child survivors. It can look like teaching survivors to make cards. It can look like praying for survivors and encouraging our work here. Igrett is the perfect reminder that each of us has a part to play in unlocking transformation for survivors. We are so grateful for her, just as we are grateful for you.

We hold the keys to freedom!

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