Our founding editor, Rachael William-Mejri, originally set this page up to highlight a few organizations that have particularly inspired her in the fight against human trafficking.
There are, of course, many amazing organizations working on the frontlines of this battle, and they are doing many amazing things, but the three noted here have held a special place in Rachael’s journey and, particularly in the case of AIM, have in mine as well. I hope you enjoy Rachael’s short commentary on each organization and find ongoing inspiration from their work and their stories! Before too long, I may add a few more of my own!
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AIM | Agape International Missions
AIM | Agape International Missions
AIM has been such an inspiration in my life on so many levels. The first time I saw Don Brewster, I realized that I had found a “real man.” In my opinion, any man who could risk his life to help save abused children, and then shed tears in front of the world in grief for an abused child, was a man worth following.
Don Brewster and his wife Bridget heard about human trafficking atrocities in Cambodia after returning from the country only a few weeks previous. Their response was to leave their lives in California by selling their home and quitting their jobs, move to Cambodia, and devote their lives and energy to saving girls and boys, women and men from a fate often far worse than death.
AIM is involved in every level of ending human trafficking, including prevention, rescue, and restoration. Today there exists the AIM Restoration Home, Rahab’s House, Lord’s Gym, and AIM Employment Center. Agape International Missions works with local churches in Cambodia and offers AIM Anti Trafficking Training in the U.S. They also accept volunteers and church teems to work on the ground with them in Cambodia.
Recently I received an AIM video that I believe goes along with our principles of love, hope, and action. I hope you will be as inspired as me:
The A21 Campaign is the “heart child” of Christine Cain. If you have not yet heard of Christine or A21, you have definitely missed out! Packed with irrepressible energy and passion, this small woman (I’m small too!) gives all of us short, passionate people hope that we can help change the world!
I was so inspired by A21 that I applied for their internship in Bulgaria and Greece – and never heard back. Alas! Feeling a tad jilted (after all, shouldn’t they know how inspired I was by them?!), I still couldn’t bring myself to hold them in anything less than the highest regard!
A21 has offices in Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States. They are involved in all levels of ending human trafficking, including prevention, rescue and restoration – and yes, they do love volunteers (even if they were smart enough not to take me!). They have 21 things people can do to help end human trafficking – so you can start today!
I hope you will be as encouraged as I was to start something:
Hagar International has a special place in my heart. They were the very first organization about which I heard when I first began to delve into the issue of trafficking in Cambodia. Founded in 1994 by Pierre Tami, a Swiss humanitarian, it is still growing and remains a strong presence in Cambodia even after 20 years of operation.
The agency finds its name from the story of Hagar* in the Bible. It presents itself as an aftercare agency working to recover, rehabilitate and reintegrate the severely abused due to trafficking and slavery. Their programs include rescue, safety and protection, legal assistance, counseling, education, job training, and transitional and foster care.
Over time, Hager has also begun helping abused and trafficked boys and men, although their primary focus still remains on women and children. They currently work in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Afghanistan.
They also have several levels of involvement including partnership, student involvement, awareness, volunteering, social media and employment. I hope they will touch your heart as deeply as mine.
*Hagar was an Egyptian slave given to Abraham and Sarah. She was forced to have relations with her master, which resulted in a son. She unwisely despised her mistresses, which led to severe abuse and caused her flight. Upon being instructed by God to return to her master and mistress, she remained with them several years, only to be put out with her child by Abraham so as to take no inheritance with the promised son Isaac – who had finally become a physical reality. Slavery, rape, physical abuse and rejection pepper her story until she was taken care of by God Himself – a perfect image of a trafficking victim.