this is how you can ALTER a young girl’s future and help her to tell a new STORY
When confronted with the horrific statistics surrounding human trafficking, it is easy to agree on the fact that “someone should do something.” The A21 Campaign was born when the decision was made to put our hand up and be that “someone”. It was a decision of ordinary people who decided to take responsibility regarding the issue of human trafficking. So with little knowledge, and a lot of passion, in 2007 we set out to make a difference.
After extensive research, planning, fundraising, more research, relationship building, a lot of learning, and a great leap of faith, we opened our first shelter for victims of human trafficking at the end of 2008.
This shelter is located in a prime destination country in Europe, Greece – and we are now able to provide trafficked victims a safe, loving, and comforting environment, access to medical care and psychological assessment, vocational training, assistance in university education, life guidance/counselling, and access to legal assistance. We work closely with police, hospitals and government officials, and are seeing justice being brought to new rescued victims each month.
While we continue to improve our restoration services in Greece, we have also been establishing relationships with key government officials and NGO’s, as well as conducting a feasibility study to find the greatest needs in the Ukraine.
As the Ukraine is a source country for many victims trafficked to Greece, the expansion of work in the Ukraine will increase our ability to strategically help both at risk persons, and those who have already been trafficked. Through our Ukrainian team, we have already been able to help several trafficked victims, including the provision of much needed medical assistance. We have also begun a school program, educating at-risk students about the dangers of human trafficking and how to identify false job opportunities.
We do not claim to be the “experts” and recognize that our fight for justice has only just begun, but The A21 Campaign rings true through the famous words of Margaret Mead, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
The A21 Campaign stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Anyone can join – everyone can make a difference.