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10 Things Freedoms Means to a Survivor

Happy Independence Day to everyone in the United States! This week, plenty of families will get together to cook out, watch fireworks, and reflect on our country’s freedom. It seems like the people who really understand and appreciate freedom are those who have had it taken away. Sadly, not everyone is free, even today. Across the world and in the United States, many people are trapped in modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking. It is predicted that there are currently 200,000 victims of human trafficking in the United States alone. Colleen Stratton, an advocate for Eye Heart World, will enjoy Fourth of July fireworks with her family and reflect on her freedom, but her definition is a bit different...

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Aftercare By The Numbers

June was a busy, busy month for us! Below is a quick snapshot of what all transpired last month.   8: Ladies we met who have been trafficked 16-42: Age range of survivors we met this month 2: Survivors who have been placed in a safe location 2: Minors who are being provided with support, either through service providers or through family 1: Survivor who is no longer in the life Too many to count: phone calls, late nights, stories shared, cups of coffee consumed, emails sent, and miles driven, all to ensure that we can provide these ladies with the care and support they deserve.   Thank you to all those who generously support these life-changing resources. If you'd like...

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Martial Arts with Big Hearts

As a nonprofit, Eye Heart World relies on the community for support. Oftentimes, we act as an instrument through which others can make the changes that they want to see. This is a story where our community really came through to create positive change! On March 25, Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Center, Inc. held a Tournament, Fundraiser and Board Breaking Marathon to raise money for Eye Heart World. You can find more information on Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Center here. The students asked family and friends to pledge money, then spent an afternoon demonstrating the skills they’ve been working on, including forms, board breaking and free sparring. Other fundraising efforts at the tournament included a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction,...

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Good Surprises

Sometimes, life throws surprises at you. These surprises can knock you off of your feet, or they can pick you back up. This week, Eye Heart World was surprised in the best kind of way.  We received a letter from Rachel Tarmann, an English teacher in Edgar, Wisconsin. Her eighth grade students had just finished learning about human trafficking, and as a part of their lessons, they fundraised over $1,224.52 to donate to Eye Heart World. What a wonderful surprise! The students designed and ran eight creative fundraisers over the course of two weeks, including a scavenger hunt, a car wash, a basketball tournament, and a smoothie sale.   What makes this gift even more personal is that the students...

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A Visit to Sawyer County

A few weeks ago, we traveled outside of the 920 to Sawyer County in the western part of the state. We had worked with a young woman from this area before, so we were eager to help spread knowledge about trafficking. Professionals in that area realized they needed education and training about human trafficking to better assist their community in fighting this problem. Dawn, our aftercare director, and one of our law enforcement partners presented for three different groups: a group of medical professionals and social service providers, members of the community, and members of law enforcement. In all, we trained about 100 members of that community. That may not seem to be many, but when you look at the...

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