UnBound Around the World, 2016

2016 has been an exciting year for UnBound, around the world! We want to share with you some of the highlights from this past year and what we’re looking forward to in 2017. Behind every number and accomplishment lies what really matters — real lives, real communities and real progress in the fight against human trafficking.

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FORT WORTH

“In 2016, we saw great relationships develop between community members, churches, organizations and law enforcement in our city, as we worked together to combat the issue of human trafficking in Fort Worth. In 2017, we would like to see this trend continue, as we believe that community awareness and community members working together are the greatest ways to battle human trafficking in our city. We’re starting January off with a big Not In My City event sponsored by the Fort Worth Police Department in partnership with the Tarrant County 5-Stones Taskforce and Christ Chapel (a large church in town). We are hoping that this event will be a catalyst for what is to come this year in terms of community collaboration and prevention efforts.”

– Lisa Nottoli, UnBound Fort Worth 

  • Youth reached: 140
  • Community members educated: 780
  • Businesses contacted: 90
  • Churches mobilized: 5
  • Victims identified: 2
  • Survivors served: 5
  • Community agencies activated: 25

HOUSTON

God was so good in providing opportunities for us in 2016: we launched JVUB (our juvenile outreach), continued to reach school districts with prevention and demand reduction programs and hit the streets for NIMC outreaches. Next year, we hope and prayerfully plan to: multiply our Juvenile Justice Outreach, reach many more medical professionals, continue Not In My City outreaches, continue the Fight The New Drug tour, continue community prevention/awareness speaking engagements, expand our prayer ministry and expand church youth group programs for demand reduction efforts.”

– Kerri Taylor, UnBound Houston 

  • Youth reached: 9,260
  • Community members educated: 1,695
  • Businesses contacted: 145
  • Professionals trained: 482
  • Survivors served: 7

SEATTLE

“In 2016, UnBound Seattle moved the Hope House to a new location, spent 6 months developing Hope House curriculum and training staff, and welcomed one new staff member. We served 5 women at the Hope House and saw two of the women get baptized. While at the Hope House, women received chemical dependency treatment, mental health counseling, access to legal help, and medical and dental care. One Hope House woman obtained employment and one was accepted into a culinary program. UnBound Seattle began prevention programs in two different juvenile detention centers in September, providing weekly and monthly girls’ groups at those facilities. In 2017, UnBound Seattle will begin providing prevention programs at two different middle schools, reaching at least 400 students, and will continue providing prevention programs at both juvenile detention centers. We plan to fill all our beds at the Hope House and connect with survivors at the community drop-in center we attend. We will continue building community relationships and plan to educate and mobilize businesses through Not in my City outreaches.”

– Alyssa Everitt (Hope House Program Director) and Erin Drum (Community Engagement and Prevention Director)

  • Youth reached: 130 prevention sessions provided in juvenile detention
  • Churches mobilized: 6
  • Community members educated: 332
  • Survivors served: 5 at the Hope House, 5 in the community
  • Hours invested in survivors: 6,200

WACO

“2016 was an amazing year for UnBound Waco, as our community is responding more than ever. It’s been our greatest honor to be part of the journeys of so many brave victims and survivors and see hope planted in the hearts of vulnerable and exploited youth. We’re grateful for every volunteer, supporter and community agency that has come alongside us to combat slavery and ignite hope. We’re looking forward to a year of growth in 2017 as we put together better programs and volunteer teams and are better equipped to identify and serve more victims and survivors.”

– Susan Peters, UnBound Executive Director

  • Youth reached: 275
  • Community members educated: 3,364
  • Churches mobilized: 3
  • Businesses reached: 165
  • Victims identified: 31
  • Survivors served: 18
  • Community agencies activated: 79

MONGOLIA

“This year been very fruitful on working with communities and rescuing girls for UnBound Mongolia. As Unbound Mongolia it is encouraging to see girls set free through our prayers and work. We hope that God opens doors for us and we will reach more people around Mongolia not just in big cities also in small cities at the borders of Mongolia and help people who are in trafficking in 2016.”

Munkhsaruul Ganbold, UnBound Mongolia

  • Churches mobilized: 6 large Mongolia churches
  • Community members educated: 409 school and college students
  • Professionals trained: 100 pastors
  • Volunteers equipped: 12
  • Victims identified: 4
  • Survivors served: 5

Highlight: In UnBound Mongolia’s “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign, they challenged young men who were part of big churches to post stickers over the phone numbers of massage parlor signs, declaring that “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” and raising awareness about human trafficking. The video they made about the campaign went viral, reaching 47,975 views. Watch it, here. 


GREECE

“This year our main focus has been to invest in women, children and families who are living as refugees in different cities across Europe. We have had the opportunity to interact with over a thousand refugees and have been able to share hope and meet practical needs, as well as provide prevention and awareness materials that inform them of their rights as refugees, the risk of trafficking in Europe and local hotline numbers.

Another highlight has been cooperating with and getting behind the leadership and expertise of A21. We have been able to attend trainings, visit local offices, and be a part of multiple awareness outreaches, as well as participate in their annual Walk For Freedom!”

– BriAnn Dorris, UnBound Greece 

  • Businesses reached: 1,857 (in six European cities)
  • Community members educated: 975 (volunteers and refugees)
  • Professionals trained: 5
  • Victims identified: 1

Affiliate: BATON ROUGE

“In 2016, we were able to continue our efforts with UnBound by hosting a Father-Daughter dance, mentoring and training at-risk girls and aiding two survivors of trafficking. The girls that we mentored and trained in trafficking prevention were able to hear truth about their identity as women as well as important information about the dangers of trafficking, two topics which we feel wouldn’t have been introduced to them otherwise.

We placed our UnBound endeavors on hold in the fall, as our director role transitioned, and we took time to reevaluate where we can have the most impact as an affiliate. In 2017, we are launching an UnBound prevention program at a local public school that has 400 high school students. We also plan to hold another Father-Daughter dance and a Not in Our City night. We feel our biggest impact is in the area of prevention and awareness, and are looking forward to building momentum with our volunteers this upcoming year!”

Jillian Armstrong, UnBound Baton Rouge 

  • Youth reached: 27
  • Survivors served: 2

Coming Soon: ORANGE COUNTY

“As it prepares to launch, UnBound Orange County has been building relationships and working with the local task force who has paved the way in these communities in the world of human trafficking. Through this relationship building we have had the opportunity to speak in front of a few service clubs, have invited the district attorney to speak at Chambers of Commerce events, held several documentary awareness events and been invited by several organizations to speak to their audiences once we have officially launched.”  

– Phoenix Freeman, UnBound Orange County 

  • Community agencies activated: 2
  • Churches mobilized: 6
  • Businesses reached: 74

Coming Soon: CAMBODIA

“According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index Cambodia is currently has the 3rd largest proportion of population in slavery in the world.  We launched a new work in Cambodia this year, establishing our teams presence in our city, connecting with local and non- governmental agencies & doing a thorough assessment of the scope of the problem in our area.  In 2017 we look forward to mobilizing community based education in villages throughout our province, continuing outreach to victims working in bars & brothels, and launching community development to increase economic viability of families to decrease the desperation of families to sell their children into slavery.”

– Amy Miller, UnBound Cambodia

  • Communities/ Villages presented with anti trafficking material: 6
  • Homes/ Families presented with anti- trafficking presentation: 24
  • Bar/ Beer Garden Outreaches: 12
  • Industry girls outreached to: 54

What do all these numbers mean?

Youth reached: Our main focus is prevention. To do that, we target kids in schools, detention, shelters and more to give them the information they need to stay safe. In doing so, we’ve also identified many unrecognized victims, who are then able to get help. Some of our chapters spend time with the same group of youth weekly or monthly to mentor and build a sense of worth.

Community members educated: Awareness is the first step in fighting human trafficking. An educated community can help stop the demand, identify victims, protect their children and use their skills to be part of the solution. We spread community awareness through church and community presentations, business outreaches and events.

Professionals Trained: Victims of human trafficking are in schools, businesses, social service programs, court rooms, hospitals and all throughout our city, and professionals in these settings need to be ready to identify and serve them. We provide training on what’s happening with trafficking locally and how to recognize and serve victims and survivors. In 2016, our chapters trained doctors, educators, attorneys, city employees and more to play their part well.

Victims Identified: As we work with youth and work alongside law enforcement, we’re able to spot the signs of trafficking and recognize adult and child victims who may go unseen. Some chapters also have hotlines that victims or family members of victims can call for help. Globally, only one percent of victims are rescued. We’re helping to change that in our communities.

Survivors Served: The recovery journey for victims and survivors of human trafficking is extremely difficult, and resources are limited and hard to access. Although we only provide residential aftercare at our Seattle chapter, each of our chapters provides  support and advocacy to victims and caregivers of victims to help connect them with resources.

Community Agencies Activated: No one agency can solve this issue. We have to work together, building a network of community resources, all activated to play their part. Whether we’re starting coalitions or meeting to build relationship, our chapters know the importance of collaboration.

We are ready for another year of combating slavery and igniting hope! Find out how you can join us on our chapter pages, or help us take on 2017 by giving