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We are thrilled to introduce our (part-time) International Program Director, Dr. Vanessa Snyder.

As of September 1st, she is at the helm of creating our holistic trauma therapy program. For the last 2 years she has worked in a volunteer capacity (even traveled to Romania with Kim Westfall twice).


For over a decade, Dr. Snyder has specialized in treating complex trauma and sexual abuse. Her research and experience has placed special focus on survivors of commercial sex trafficking.

When Kim first met her over a year ago, she described what the role would entail. She asked Dr. Snyder, "What kind of person am I looking for in this position?"


Dr. Snyder answered, "A unicorn. You're looking for a unicorn."


Kim looked at her. "You're my unicorn," she thought. But she didn't say anything.


One week later, Dr. Snyder called Kim. She opened her mouth and said, "I think I'm your unicorn."


As we have gotten to know Dr. Snyder over the past year, we are confident that she has been ordained precisely for this position. Most recently, she has served as the Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery. For the past decade, she has counseled hundreds of people seeking healing for complex trauma, including those who have experienced sexual abuse. On top of these endeavors, Dr. Snyder led multiple trauma response teams to crises around the world. Her teams worked globally with trafficking survivors and disaster survivors.


When asked about her work, Dr. Snyder says, “This work has the capacity to be life-giving and life-changing. Ultimately, my desire is to see people set free and walk in the wholeness they were created to enjoy.”


We couldn't be more grateful to have found this unicorn who will unlock transformation for thousands of survivors!


Let's get these resilient and precious people free, and then let's keep them free. Your support and encouragement makes it possible.

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Many of you have been following and asking about Snowy’s case. Thank you for your support and prayers. Clearly they played a part in bringing freedom, not just to Snowy but 4 of her precious siblings.


Now we can share some of the details of this case.


Years ago a “businessman” came to a tiny town in an Eastern European country. Many of its inhabitants were alcoholics, including Snowy’s parents. Long story short, Snowy’s parents sold her for a bottle of alcohol.


She was trafficked for 3 years and endured the unimaginable. When we met Snowy 1 1/2 year ago, she was riddled with disease and infested with lice. After a year of living with a loving, safe and healthy family she was thriving.


And then the unthinkable happened. Just a few weeks ago, Snowy's mother, accompanied by the “businessman,” came to court to try to gain custody of Snowy’s again. They came sharply dressed and full of falsehoods. Our team did a brilliant job defending Snowy.


The day after court, the judge sent an inspector to Snowy’s biological family’s home. The nice clothes were gone. Instead, they discovered Snowy’s mother and her accomplice drunk. 4 other children surrounded them.


With the court's blessing, Snowy's host family offered to take in Snowy's siblings. After almost 5 painful years, these 4 children are finally reunited with their sister! 


The rest is history! All five of the kids are safe. Snowy's siblings are receiving the physical and psychological help they need. Sadly it appears the children, ages 3-13, had already been abused and possibly sold for sex.


The children have a long journey of healing ahead of them. We hope to bring them to The Sanctuary for intensive, holistic healing.  


If you would like to be a part of these 5 precious children’s healing journeys, you can donate to The Snowy Fund here. This fund brings hope and healing to children under the age of 18.

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Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Ending sex trafficking worldwide means we are fighting for freedom at two levels. We work one-on-one with survivors to equip them for healing. It’s a personal, intimate process for each survivor. We want to honor each of them as individuals. On the other hand, we know we’ll never be able to stamp out this evil without broad, systemic change.


For a few months now, Kim Westfall is serving with a coalition of over 60 organizations and professionals across Europe who are working to end trafficking. Together, we’re developing international strategies to combat trafficking and serve survivors.


One of the most pressing projects we are working on with this team is a plan to rescue and restore child survivors. As you may know, over half of sex trafficking survivors our team has worked with in Romania are children.

Right now, Romania has no national process for identifying and finding missing children. Even when they find these precious little ones, they usually have nowhere safe to send them. More than 80% of them end up being re-trafficked because they have nowhere to go.


We’re working to change that! As part of the plan this coalition is putting together, child survivors will be directed to the first Sanctuary and our aftercare program. These children will get to safety, where we can address all of their immediate needs and put them on the road to healing.


I want you to know that your support and encouragement paves the way for us to be a part of groups like this one. It’s your dedication that is going to help us change Romania, Europe, and then the rest of the world.


Let’s see trafficking end once and for all, especially for the sake of these precious children!

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Our focus is on the tremendous and complex task of rescuing and restoring shattered hearts, minds, and psyches.  Our goal is to become one of the world’s leading catalysts and resource hubs for the anti-trafficking movement.

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