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What's Happening


Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Hi Friends,

I feel honored to be witnessing hope and restoration in a time like this one! It’s been over a year since we rescued Snowy and placed her with a family who will love her forever. If you remember, her parents were tricked into giving her to a trafficker. She was only 12 years old when she was freed. She had endured horror and tragedy few of us can imagine.

When I saw her in January, the progress she made was incredible. I remember watching her bounce around the restaurant where we were eating with pure joy. When her host family sent me this picture she drew, my eyes filled with tears.

Do you see the hope leaping off of the page like I do? I can hardly describe the way this drawing fills my heart. When we first met Snowy, she could barely speak. I could not fathom how she saw the world or herself as anything but swathed in darkness. Just one year later, she pictures herself energized and healthy. Her hair flows, her eyes are bright. Light and beauty surround her.

Her talent is shining and bringing hope to others-- it brings me hope! In this season of preparation, Snowy is an example of what transformation looks like. She reminds me why our work is so vital. Without a safe place to heal and support, Snowy would not be overflowing with life. She would not be sitting at a piano, playing beautiful music.

Every survivor is precious. Every survivor deserves hope, healing, and joy. Snowy’s journey shows the transformation that is possible when we fight for survivors. Together, we’re fighting for hundreds of thousands of them. 

Wouldn’t it be amazing if The Sanctuary was a “forever home” for healing by the time the travel bans lift? We are so close to owning this property outright. 

Once we do, we will proudly claim it as a permanent beacon of hope. Already, it stands alongside Snowy’s art as a symbol that together, we can open the door to a world without slavery. This world already is taking root, and it grows every day thanks to people like you.


Kim Westfall

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We're seeing more passion for making change now than I ever have before. I can’t help but think of what would happen if all of this determination and energy got channeled towards ending human trafficking. United, we could end this global darkness once and for all.  We still have a lot of work to do. You may have heard that the 2020 Trafficking In Persons report came out last month. Romania was ranked as a Tier 2 Watch List Country, one step away from the lowest ranking possible. Unfortunately, it’s easy to see that trafficking is still a huge problem there. 78% of sex trafficking survivors rescued in Europe are from either Romania or Moldova. 50% of these survivors are children. Romania is the biggest source of sex trafficking survivors in Europe. Ending trafficking in Europe means ending trafficking in Romania.

The Romanian Government is ready for change. They’re asking for support from organizations like us and from people like you. We believe we are uniquely poised to help Romania become a Tier 1 Country, the best ranking, by 2022. At the request of our partners in Romania, Uncaged has put together a pledge that people like you can sign to declare your support for anti-trafficking efforts. Let's show the world just how massive this movement really is! Now is the time to take action. I’d like to invite to join me in growing the coalition to end sex trafficking worldwide.

You can help Romania eradicate trafficking just by declaring that you’re committed to the cause. Our partners in Romania know that hearing voices from places like the USA and Canada will accelerate movement in Europe.

Will you sign the pledge and help us put an end to human trafficking? Your voice is key in this fight. Like with everything we do for these survivors, your support swings the door to freedom wide open.  You can sign the pledge here or below. Your voice is powerful beyond measure. Let’s do this together for the survivors.

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Sour cherries 🍒 and breathtaking sunsets at the first Sanctuary. Every inch of this place will breath life into restoration.

Our hearts are like these cherries - ready, ripe, and waiting. Our team feels so ready to welcome dozens more survivors.

We’ve had the privilege of walking with 23 survivors during Covid-19. 8 of those have just launched their new lives.

We know that in the face of the enormity of human trafficking, these numbers can feel small.

But then, a survivor like Helena* says that her time with us “helped me become the woman I always wanted to be.” What a powerful word.

Are we committed to tackling the atrocities of human trafficking at scale? Yes. We are working day and night to #endit and create restorative, global solutions.

But we are praying that we never lose sight of how precious each. one. survivor. is. This is not some abstract fight - these are real people with spirits, hearts, minds, and dreams. And we get to unlock transformation after so much has been stolen from them.

How incredible is that?

We hope you will join us in praying for freedom. First - the freedom for survivors to come home once travel restrictions lift in Europe. Then, for the freedom that comes with healing.

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