Recently, you may have seen photos across all social media platforms of everyone from a co-worker to celebrities sporting red X’s on their hands with #enditmovement in the caption. In the past several weeks, you may have also seen photos of people pouring red sand into cracks in sidewalks with #redsandproject in the caption.
These two movements are sparking awareness and action in the area of human trafficking. What was once was thought to be only a problem in other countries, has been found to be much more prevalent in our very own neighborhoods. While prostitution is the most well-known form of human trafficking, light is being shed on deeper, darker exploitation of children and adults everywhere from city center to the suburbs, and it’s happening in neighborhoods and in high dollar hotels during special events. When a child or young woman goes missing, there’s an immediate fear that they’ve fallen prey to the hands of abusers who enslave them, sell them, and imprison them.
This awful truth is the reason why 621 Gifts has partnered with Rejuvenating Women to help them in their mission to help victims of human trafficking. Julie Shrader, founder of Rejuvenating Women, was given inspiration to help women find a way to meet their spiritual and emotional needs in order to break free from the bonds of shame and regret due to a painful past. She has been able to move Rejuvenating Women from a Facebook support page to the present-day organization that provides counseling, housing, and hope for victims. You can support Rejuvenating Women by selecting them at checkout when you purchase a gift from 621 Gifts. We will direct 10% of our profits from your purchase directly to them.
Julie explained to us that the #enditmovement is a coalition of leading organizations in the world in the fight for freedom for victims of human trafficking. Each of the Coalition Partners, such as A21, World Vision, The Salvation Army, and many other organizations, are doing the work on the ground every day to bring awareness, prevention, rescue, and restoration. As for the Red Sand Project, Julie shares that it is an activist artwork project that uses participatory sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations, and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, to connect, and to take action against human trafficking. Their goal is to direct the public’s focus to those victims who fall through the proverbial cracks.
Julie founded Rejuvenating Women on the scripture verse 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” What great promise and hope those words and Rejuvenating Women bring for those on the path to renewed freedom and life.
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