FAIR Girls, a nonprofit anti-human-trafficking organization based in Washington DC, is hosting a virtual fundraiser on June 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAIR Girls had to cancel its largest in-person fundraiser of the year in May. FAIR Girls decided to pivot to its first online fundraiser “A Celebration of Resilience and Hope – Ending human trafficking one life at a time.” The online fundraiser will be accessible from the FAIR Girls website, www.fairgirls.org. The fundraiser will feature video appeals of support from industry leaders, including Chip Rogers, president of AHLA, and Jagruti Panwala, chair of AAHOA. A silent auction is also part of the virtual event.
Since FAIR Girls’ founding in 2003, the organization has served over 1,200 girls and young women, providing safe housing, client-centered, trauma-informed direct services, and the life skills they need to transition from victim to survivor. FAIR Girls’ mission is deeply rooted in reducing the barriers faced by young women and girls being trafficked and assisting them, not only in safely liberating themselves, but also in having the skills, resources, and support they need to create brighter outcomes.
Calls to the FAIR Girls hotline have doubled since the crisis began, as traffickers prey on vulnerabilities increased by the pandemic. Survivors need FAIR Girls’ services and support more than ever. For example, one immediate issue that FAIR Girls identified was the need for survivors to have a safe place to self-quarantine before transitioning into the FAIR Girls Vida Home, the only safe and empowering transitional home in Washington DC specifically designed for female-identifying survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
To meet this increased need, FAIR Girls turned to partners in the hotel industry. Hilton provided points to be used by FAIR Girls for survivors in desperate need of emergency shelter, and Baywood Hotels donated rooms in their hotels for extended self-quarantine stays. Fabric Innovations started making masks for hotels, and supplied FAIR Girls with masks for staff and survivors. Encore Carpet has agreed to support the Drop in Center expansion project by supplying new carpet to be used in the build out.
Photo: Courtesy of FAIR Girls