SHE’S NOT JUST “SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER” — SHE’S SOMEONE
For years, Love146 and others have said things like “This is someone’s daughter.” But we couldn’t agree more with Aqsa Sajjad here, when she said: “Men are often shamed into behaving themselves and treating women like human beings by being told that the girl they are thinking of disrespecting is someone else’s sister, mother, daughter or wife. The point is to make them think of how they would feel if someone disrespected their own sister, mother, daughter or wife. I’m sure everyone who advocates this argument has their heart in the right place. Their intention is to make the victim more relatable, but what they usually forget in the process is that women are people too, and their value does not lie in their relation to a man—or another woman, for that matter… I do not want you to associate me with a man just to show someone else my worth… I am someone, not someone’s.” This work is about human beings.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: “LOVE146 MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY FOSTER DAUGHTER’S LIFE”
Here’s a quote from one donor about why she supports Love146: “I’m a foster parent, and I got to know Love146 and what you do first hand through one of my foster children. I have been with this foster daughter for over 2 years, and Love146 has worked with her on and off during that time. Love146 has made a difference in my girl’s life. Additionally, the organization I work with has monthly trainings for us. A few months ago a marvelous rep from Love146 came to speak. I wanted to thank Love146, so I made a donation.”
“I HAVE FOUND A HOME, FULL OF JOY AND SATISFACTION, AND HERE I HAVE FOUND HOPE”
The above quote is from Jinny*, a survivor of trafficking served by Love146. Jinny’s words have inspired Emma Walker to connect her work as a realtor with providing safe housing for children. Walker donates a portion of the sales from her business, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Paracle, to Love146. And last weekend she and her business stepped up with a gift of $3,000, challenging our supporters to match it in two days. And you all knocked it out of the park, crossing the $6,000 line in less than 24 hours! Thanks for ensuring that children affected by trafficking get the care they deserve.
TAKING PREVENTION EDUCATION TO EL PASO
Last month, our Prevention Ed team took a trip to El Paso, Texas for a professional training on child trafficking and protecting young people. Given the complex challenges their community faces, the solutions-oriented way they’re approaching child trafficking is exciting to be a part of. This training (and more to come) was funded by a grant from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team to bring child trafficking prevention training to professionals throughout Texas and reaching more youth in across the state with our Prevention Education program. For too long, the anti-trafficking movement has been responding to what traffickers were doing. Great prevention work is turning the tables, and making traffickers scramble to respond to what we’re doing.
A 5TH GRADER WHO GOT THE NEWS RECENTLY THAT HER TRAFFICKER WOULD BE BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE…
When we say “survivor” we mean a lot of things. But one of the things we mean is that some don’t make it out alive. Maya* made it out alive. About her perpetrator, Maya said: “I hope he rots in jail. He will go to the devil. He will never do to other children what he did to us.” Today, Maya is a 5th grader. She struggles sometimes with the impact of what she’s lived through. Still, she loves playing outside and doing ballet. She plays the guitar and dreams of becoming a famous singer. Maya can rock a sweat band and would knock you out in a game of badminton. Maya came into our care over six years ago, and steadfast people like you have been supporting her ever since.