Child Sex Trafficking is a local problem with approximately 700 rescued each year in LA County alone. We were approached for help by the ladies on the front-line, the LA County Bureau of Specialized Response Services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). They need our help funding immediate basic needs of victims once rescued from the sex trade. Your support will help in the development and funding for safe housing, and on-going support for education, clothing, transportation allowances, and many other basic necessities to increase self-sufficiency for these rescued victims. And, because people think sex trafficking happens only in faraway countries, your support will increase awareness of the sex trafficking of children which increases the possibility for rescuing these victims. These children are totally helpless, unless you, their SuperHero, saves them.
This is why GIVE - MENTOR - LOVE was founded, because that is what we do. We GIVE urgently needed basic survival items and fund ongoing needs for these victims; we MENTOR those rescued and in-crisis; and we LOVE these victims unconditionally so they can move beyond the self-hate and humiliation they suffer each moment of every day. Otherwise, these children are pulled back into the destructive world from which they were rescued.
In a nutshell, GIVE - MENTOR - LOVE is a foundation of volunteers serving LA County youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Human Trafficking. Our Foundation partners with LA County Bureau of Specialized Response Services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children, Learning Works and Victor Treatment Center.
We also volunteer one-on-one with the teenage Foster Girls of Victor Treatment Centers. Most of these girls have been rescued from the sex trade, while others have suffered other types of traumatic physical or sexual abuse.
Our partnership also includes Learning Works, a charter school for traditionally underserved, high-risk students in grades 6 -12 who have withdrawn or are in danger of withdrawing from mainstream education. Our partnership with Learning Works supports enrichment activities, aid in the expansion of services and housing for homeless youth, tutoring, mentoring, as well as providing basic needs to the individuals they serve.
Please join Honorary Chair Paul Rusnak and me on Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. in Pasadena as a Real-Life SUPERHERO SPONSOR saving the lives of the most innocent victims of LA County and fighting the crime of Human Trafficking. If we don't save them, the statistics show they end up on the street or their lives are cut short.
Thank you for caring.
Donna Pierson, Founder