Updated: Aug 11
Today is World Day against Trafficking in Persons, and this year's theme focuses on the importance of allowing survivors' voices to lead the way. At Red Oak, we don't often share survivors' voices or faces in order to protect their confidentiality and security. Internally though, it is one of our greatest honors to listen and learn from the incredible women we get to walk alongside. Here are three ways we do that: VICTIM-CENTERED APPROACH While our programs do have parameters and structure, we focus on giving each survivor the agency & freedom to identify and work towards THEIR OWN goals, whatever those may be. FEEDBACK, LEARNING & CONSULTING We seek to create an environment of constant feedback and are always looking for ways to improve with feedback from survivors. This includes hiring survivors to do consulting and training for our staff, and learning from survivors leaders in the community. Recently we enjoyed learning from Harmony Grillo at the CESE Summit.
EXPRESSIVE ART ACTIVITIES We love creating opportunities for survivors to engage with expressive art activities like painting, drawing, and song writing. To listen to some of the original songs written by survivors in Austin, check out this video. To learn more about human trafficking and what YOU can do to stop it in Austin and around the world, visit our website here. For Freedom,
This month, we embarked on a campaign to raise $60,000 to make up for revenue lost due to Covid last year. We are so thankful to have raised over $40,000 towards this goal!
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Don't forget about our 7th annual gala happening on September 23rd in Austin, TX!
Join us for a fabulous night of dinner, dancing, amazing auction prizes and inspirational stories of FREEDOM.
Visit our website here to learn more, purchase tickets, and find ways to get involved.