According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, human trafficking affects every country in the world. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands in the United States.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention. Today, we are bringing light to human trafficking and offering suggestions on how you can help fight against this horrific crime. Help fight human trafficking with Selah Freedom, a charity that Frank Trulaske, TRUE’s founder and CEO, supports wholeheartedly.
According to the UN, human trafficking is defined as “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
There are a number of organizations that work tirelessly to fight human trafficking. One organization that is helping to fight human trafficking and leading the nation in solutions to eradicate exploitation in the United States is Selah Freedom.
“Selah Freedom confronts the issue of sex trafficking and is upheld as the model for how to effectively bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking & exploitation. Selah is a Hebrew word that means to pause, rest, and reflect. [Selah] gives survivors a chance to do just that. Women in [their] programs have an opportunity to dream again; to discover who it is they were created to be.
Selah Freedom is a national organization with the mission to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited through four strong programs: Advocacy & Awareness, Prevention, Outreach and Residential.”
The Selah Residential Program provides survivors with the stability and rehabilitation services needed to “accomplish goals they never knew were possible to tackle – things like getting their GED, reconnecting with their children and family, getting a driver’s license, and even learning to swim.”
Through the residential program, survivors have the opportunity to live in a safe home to rest, restore, and relaunch. A part of their restore phase is “receiv[ing] a personalized education plan, medical aid, trauma therapy, job placement, case management, and restorative services.” Survivors have the opportunity to utilize TRUE’s state of the art fitness equipment in their onsite gym. Exercise is known to significantly impact health and wellbeing and offers residents the opportunity to focus on their health and wellness.
”Selah Freedom is forever grateful for the overwhelmingly generous support of Frank Trulaske and the TRUE Fitness team. Young lives are coming home into our programs and discovering freedom for the first time. Thanks to the beautiful state of the art fitness centers on each of our campuses, they are able to discover a love for fitness and health, too, which helps tremendously on their restorative journey. You have added true value to the lives of countless survivors! Thank you, TRUE Fitness!” said Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, Co-Founder/CEO, Selah Freedom.
As a part of TRUE’s commitment to Selah Freedom, our founder and CEO, Frank Trulaske, serves on the Selah Freedom Board of Directors. “TRUE is proud to support Selah Freedom in their work of fighting human trafficking within the United States. We look forward to continuing to support survivors through Selah’s residential program,” said Frank Trulaske.
Donations allow you to help Selah in their mission of bringing light into the darkness of sex trafficking and exploitation.
Joining the Residential volunteer team provides the ability to work hands-on with Selah and their mission.
Anyone can host a Party with a Purpose, which includes awareness literature, donation cards and envelopes, and survivor story cards.
Joining the Selah Freedom team as a career or internship capacity offers the opportunity to work hands-on with the organization.