Freedom is relative.
Though physically free, most survivors of trafficking, abandonment, and other forms of abuse, are still held captive by the trauma they have experienced. Without a breakthrough, mental captivity can lead to more abuse, addiction, homelessness, even suicide. Here are some of the facts:
In the US:
Nearly 60,000 children are reported to be abused or neglected each week, with an estimated 900,000 confirmations of violence every year.
As many as 20,000 kids are forced into prostitution by human trafficking networks every year.
1 in 3 young people are solicited for sex within 48 hrs of running away or being homeless in the US.
The average age of a teen entering the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old.
California is home to 3 of the FBI's 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
Through experiencing such extreme levels of abuse, many of our students have lost their sense of identity, worth, and freedom. In order for their sense of identity to be restored, they must be in a caring, inclusive environment that promotes a positive self-image, purpose, and creative thinking.
Fashion is the most universal form of communication. It is the one artform that we all use every single day. This gives us a unique ability to access the young people we serve and positively influence the way they see themselves, their experiences, and their futures.