During the month of March we will be partnering with Shared Hope International (SHI) through our Referral Rewards Program. This non-profit organization is located in Vancouver, WA but has a worldwide presence leading in efforts to eradicate sexual slavery. SHI was established by Washington State Congresswoman Linda Smith who had found hopeless women in Mumbai enslaved in brothels. Smith desired to provide these women with new found hope. In the organizations early efforts, beginning in 1998, the international sex trafficking industry was their main focus. As SHI continued to grow and become a respected leader in the international movement to end slavery, their eyes were opened to the presence of sex trafficking in the United States. The injustice of this could not be ignored and their horizons expanded to bring hope to American women and children victimized by the commercial sex industry.
SHI is dedicated to bringing an end to sex-trafficking through their three-prong approach- prevent, restore, and bring justice. They strive to inspire creative prevention strategies through training, awareness, and collaboration. Restoration is essential in expanding shelters and services for survivors through funding and guiding local organizations. Justice initiatives are valuable because they push legislative and policy solutions to withstand injustice and protect victims. The mission statement for Shared Hope International reads,
“Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a community committed to restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value, and choice—one life at a time.”
This amazing non-profit organization is impacting lives in the Pacific Northwest, United States, and Beyond. Learn more about what sex trafficking is, how you can help, and their mission by visiting their website!