One of the most important elements of our model is the emphasis on local partnerships. We believe that rescue and restoration happens best in a local context, with local leadership who know the culture, the unique challenges and are committed to being a part of the long road to healing. We currently have partners sites in 8 countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Moldova, Spain, Thailand and the United States. We are working hard to expand our network around the world so that we can bring the best of international resources, training, tools, and community to those struggling on the front lines to bring hope and freedom to those in sexual slavery.
Our Local Partners Provide
Our local partners focus on providing holistic care. Essentially, that means anything and everything a survivor needs to experience long-term healing and restoration. When a 12-year-old girl with no living relatives is rescued, we work with our local partners to provide whatever she needs for however long she needs it — the ingredients for a new life.
While local our partners are working on the ground bringing restoration and hope, Rescue:Freedom is the supply line for that work. Just as a war is won or lost based on how well the troops are supported, the same is true in this battle against slavery. Rescue:Freedom provides operational funding, scholarships, training, best practices, infrastructure, and other essential resources so our partners can focus on what they do best – providing holistic care to survivors. By working together, we all win.
The Long Road to Freedom
Aftercare is a long process. It isn’t glamourous. It is work that spans years, even decades. Restoring victims of sexual trauma requires extensive resources. We are currently providing college scholarships for dozens of young survivors who were rescued as children. Our local partners have cared for them from the beginning — for 10, 15, or even 20 years. They’re becoming social workers, legislators, teachers, lawyers, and artists. Their road has not been easy — they have endured psychological and physical wounds beyond imagination — and yet they have overcome the biggest obstacles and are proof to the world that no matter how dire the situation is, there is hope. They are the reason we believe that empowered survivors are the key to changing the world.