Human trafficking; it’s the fastest growing arm of organized crime all over the world effecting more than 800,000 people a year. Imagine if the entire population of Detroit just disappeared; that’s a conservative estimate of the number of people sold into modern day slavery annually. Human trafficking knows no bounds, effecting all regions, races, and incomes. Women at Risk, International seeks to end this horror and is glad our country recognizes January as human trafficking awareness month. We want to always be a voice for the voiceless, especially this month as we focus our attention on raising awareness in the community.
In addition to a calendar of activities, articles and free events (must be logged into Facebook) in January, we will also be introducing our Round Up for Rescue Campaign. For just $250 per month a woman and her children are able to sustain themselves in a safe place in our programs. With each purchase we invite you to “round-up” your purchase as a donation to a designated program. However your heart is moved this month, we invite you to give to protect women and help them live lives of dignity.
Community Awareness Event One
Saturday, January 11: Free Movie Night
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: WAR HQ
Join WAR, International for a showing of the documentary Very Young Girls, featuring the work of a former sexually exploited youth-turned-activist named Rachel Lloyd, who started the New York City organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) to help victimized young women escape their pimps and make a new start.
Film Summary: Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen years of age. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually exploited youth-turned-activist named Rachel Lloyd, who started the New York City organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) to help victimized young women escape their pimps and find another way of life. We meet teen aged girls at different stages of this transition. Some have been so psychologically manipulated by their pimps that they feel compelled to return. Others have successfully broken with their pasts. As we come to know these girls better, they emerge as well-rounded individuals full of unexpected laughter and insight.
*The film will be followed by a short time of discussion and shopping
RSVP via Facebook
Phone: (616) 530-1234
Community Awareness Event Two
Saturday, January 25: Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm *9:15am Registration
Location: WAR HQ
Join WAR for this important training. Learn not only how to think defensively, but how to use practical techniques to defend yourself. Appropriate for ladies ages 11 or older. Those younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear athletic shoes and apparel and bring a water bottle! Space is limited. Register by January 22 on Facebook or by calling us at (616) 530-1234.
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5
*All donations will be designated toward WAR, Int’l’s
US Training Center Fund
The 3-hour workshop will teach:
Offensive/defensive techniques:(e.g., strikes and targets, chokes, grabs, bear hugs, and hair pulls)
One Light Self-Defense focuses on simple techniques to benefit women.
*Additional Details: Participants must be at least 11 years old and should dress in comfortable clothing and gym shoes. No flip-flops or jewelry, please. Participants must fill out a waiver on the day of the event prior to participating. Women under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
To donate to the the Round Up for Rescue Campaign, visit our Donation Page and enter “Round Up For Rescue” in the Designation area; Or just CLICK HERE!