Tuesday, November 29, 2011

From Talking the talk to Walking the walk

A few weeks back I wrote a post "Lucky ones get a chance at a normal life " which ended with me wanting to do more. Well the time has come for me to leave my comfy cocoon and walk the walk.  The people at GEMS are having a holiday In-Kind to put together gifts for the girls and women they serve. I've reached out to all my friends in NYC both bloggers and non-bloggers and now I am reaching out to you my readers. 

So often we are told that sex trafficking is a third world issue, It is NOT. Currently New York meet 7-9 of the conditions thought critical to a comprehensive anti-trafficking legal framework*, this however does not mean that the laws on the books are being enforced by judges, prosecutors and law enforcement. In short it is very much our issue and in our backyards.

GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services)  and their "Girls are Not for Sale" statement has been making strides in shining light on the abuse of young girls. Here are a few facts pulled from their website.
  • GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been commercially sexually exploited as a teenager
  • Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential
The InKind accepts donations year round,  however the drive for the holiday season is most important because of the loneliness the girls feel during this time. If you are interested in helping click here to see a list of items and contact me at the email address. These are everyday items we often take for granted. The goal is to have all donations together by December 15th.
If you do not live in NYC and are interested in starting your own drive or would just like to donate please send an email to here and I will point you in the right direction.
*The Polaris project 2011 State Ratings. More info can be found here: Sex Trafficking in the US

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