Annual Report July 2011-2012 Family
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To partner with trafficking organizations and individuals globally to meet the needs of trafficking survivors through financial, emotional, and spiritual support. We have chosen to fulfill this mission through our 4 Sâ€™s Shelters, Stations (border monitoring), Scholarships, and Sustainable Programs.
WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY LOVE ALWAYS HEALS. COLETTE BERCU CEO, FREE FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL
Since I became aware of the horrors of trafficking in 2005, my heart and motivation has been the same, to try and help one girl at a time. The young woman I had seen on that fateful “48 Hours” news show changed my life. It was the story of one girl that launched me into a crying jag for two days. It was not the inconceivable global number of approximately 27,000,000 people enslaved now in the world, but the story of one. Free for Life has continued to keep this same understanding as the cornerstone of all we do. We continue to raise one dollar at a time to help one girl at a time. Our vision and mission has never been about numbers, but each young women that has had to endure the unthinkable trauma of slavery and what we can do to make a difference in her life. I have had the honor and privilege to work with and know so many of the young women we have been able to help, personally. Each and everyone of them is precious and unique. No two girls are the same; each has a different story that needs to be told and wounds that need to be healed. Free for Life has grown and adapted to accommodate the girls’ unique needs through our 4 S’s: Shelters, Stations (border monitoring) Scholarships, and Sustainable programs.
I am committed, as are all those working with Free for Life, to continue on the path we have embarked upon. We are choosing to stay on the front lines of this war on slavery. We know that each program, scholarship, and shelter we work with is filled with God’s love and compassion, and we are but His hand and feet. I wish I could tell you that each girl’s story has had a happy ending, but that would not be true. What I can tell you is that I have seen courage that I did not know was possible from each and every girl and a desire to have a brighter future. So Free for Life will continue to walk through the doors that continue to open for us to bring human trafficking to light and to speak for those who have no voice and are victimized by sex slavery around the world. There are thousands that continue to wait for rescue, and so Free for Life presses forward into the darkest parts of humanity, reaching out for one more girl. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. We must take up the full armor of God and stand. These pages contain our annual report as we tell our story and the stories of those we have been blessed to come alongside us over the past year.
From July 2011 to Dec 2012, Free for Life worked to meet the needs of 176 young women that had been victimized by slavery or who were considered to be at high risk of being trafficked in Nepal and Nicaragua.
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epal is a source country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude. Young women are primarily trafficked within the country of Nepal and to India and the Middle East for commercial sexual exploitation, labor trafficking, or forced marriage. They are also forced to become prostitutes, domestic servants, circus entertainers, factory workers, or beggars. Free for Life International began our border monitoring partnership with The Peace Rehabilitation Center in 2010. We will continue our partnership with the Peace Rehabilitation Center through financial support of these 2 border monitoring stations. Free for Life has made a commitment of $27,000 each year for the next 3 years at both the Krishnanagar border station and the Kodari border station in the effort to rescue and restore young women from slavery.
1,000 Girls are trafficked from Nepal every month. Free For Life, in partnership with PRC, opened the very first border monitoring station on the Nepal/Tibet border in Kodari in March 2012. Below are the border monitoring stats for the Krishnanagar and the Kodari border monitoring stations. The average cost to rescue a girl in 2012 was only $300.00.
Award given to Bummi, who is on staff at Krishnanagar, by community for his achievements in the rescue of girls and the arrest of traffickers. He has worked at this border since it opened. Bummi is ex special ops military trained.
Nepal July 2011/Dec 2012 Border Monitoring Stats Krishnanagar (Nepal/India)
Repatriated Referral Referral to Married Unmarried Total Total to the Main girls / to the Rescued parents Rehab women police Center counseled
Father Mother Both
Below 10 10-‐15 39 16-‐20 71 21-‐25 2 26-‐30 2 30 2 above Total
PRC Other H.Q. org.
27 37 53 1 1 1
754 1291 479 152 84
22 65 15 5 1
2 11 2
2 1 1
3 1 1 5
773 873 186 31 7
31 80 18 6 3
Entire width of town. You can see the building on right is chipped out of the mountain. The left is on the cliff above the river.
Founders Colette & Dan Bercu with the Mayor of Kodari and Arjun & Staff
Friendship Bridge, Nepal/China
Opened in March of 2012
Repatriated Referral Referral to Married Unmarried Total Total to the girls / main Rescued to the parents women Rehab police counseled Center
Father Mother Both
PRC Other H.Q org.
Below 10 10-‐15
30 above Total
Just One Story Since Free for Life began our mission in 2006, we have helped rescue and meet the needs of over 350 young women that have been victimized by slavery or who are at high risk of being trafficked.
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una and Dedi have been very close friends since they were children. They have always had so much in common. Both came from very poor families, lived in the same district, are now 17 years old, and both dreamed of a better life. One day they made a plan to go together to India find a job and a better life. They ran away from home and crossed the border that evening into India reaching a railway station near our Krishnanagar border. What could happen to them, they thought they were together, this would be the beginning of a remarkable journey toward a bright future together. This amazing journey soon turned into a nightmare. As they were waiting for a train, some boys who had seen they were alone
approached them. At first they seemed so nice, telling them there were no more trains running that day. Then the boys asked if they needed a place to stay for the evening, and if they came with them they would be safe and warm. Sensing something was terribly wrong, Luna and Dedi said no immediately and sensing something was terribly wrong they attempted to run away. It would prove futile as the once friendly boys now forcefully took them to an empty house nearby the railroad station where they abused them and locked them in the house. Luna and Dedi were now prisoners as they sat terrified, alone, and crying in the dark, wondering what would happen to them. How could they know the boys
were just about to sell them to a brothel in India as sex slaves? That was when our border station staff received a tip about the girls. Someone had seen the boys kidnap them. Immediately, they took action, worked with both the Nepali and Indian police, and went and rescued them. Because of the Krishnanagar border, Luna and Dedi are now back at home with their families, and they now are educating other young girls about the dangers of trafficking.
t was with great sadness that Free for Life ended our work with Nicoya and Friends in Nicaragua on Sept 20, 2012. We
were informed that the Nicaraguan government had made the decision to close some of the smaller shelters in Nicaragua for two reasons. One, they believe that moving children to larger facilities where more services are available such as schooling on the facility grounds and other services, will be in the best interest of the girls. Two, it is no longer cost effective for personnel to monitor all of the small shelters, as their staff is limited. Free for Life began our partnership with this shelter in 2008, and many of the girls have been with us for years. Free for Life is so proud to have been able to come alongside of Nicoya and Friends, as we have all worked to meet the needs of over 20 girls victimized by slavery and those who were considered high risk that called this shelter home. We know that seeds of love, respect, and compassion have been sown into the lives of each girl that came through the doors over the years. Free for Life has worked tirelessly to provide the finances needed to keep this shelter open and meet 100% of the girlsâ€™ needs free of charge. In addition, we have personally supported 6 of the girls through scholarships. One attended beauty school, another dance classes, two of the girls attended the best school in Nicaragua that works with children with learning disabilities, another received classes to learn sign language, and yet another girl was able to attend English classes. Our prayers were answered for the girls, as all of them were placed together into the same shelter. We have been in touch, and the shelter they are now all living in is a wonderful environment for them all to continue to grow and reach their goals in the future. At this time, there are 6 girls that will be placed into larger shelters. Pray for them to each prosper in all areas, including physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Each and every one of you that has partnered with us through financial and prayer support, I know, will be saddened by this news. Know that it has only because of this partnership that many of these girls experienced love and family for the very first time. I know you join me in thanking all of the staff over the years, and above all the founder Doramaria Garcia, for stepping out to follow the call God had placed on their lives to make a difference.
United States The Traffick Report: I
n 2012, founder Colette Bercu stepped out in faith and began a new radio spot called The Traffick Report. These 2
minute spots are now reaching 100 Christian radio stations, bringing the subject of trafficking and the work of Free for Life to a whole new audience. There are so many people that have yet to even hear about the subject of trafficking and all of the factors that make up modern day slavery. Free for Life has worked to make a difference here in the United States and around the world, and always will. The Traffick Report is bringing information and education about all of the complexities that surround the epidemic of slavery.
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ree for Life along with Doctors At War released our Multilingual Phrasebook in 2012 online free of charge to the public. The Multilingual Phrase book isÂ a list of 12 questions in 47 languages that may be use to identify possible trafficking victims. These questions have been translated into 46 languages alongside the English translation on each page. Free for Life and Doctors at War grants you permission to use this tool in what ever way you may need to help in the identification of potential victims of trafficking. This tool may be used anywhere in the world these 47 languages are applicable. While English and only one language is available to print on one page . You can simply print the two or three pages you may need to communicate from your language to any other. This tool is located on our website under resources.
Free for Life continues to make emergency funds available on a case by case basis for trafficking victims in the Nashville area.
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In 2012, Free for Life provided 6 new scholarships for girls. Scholarships given are between $50.00 and $1,500. They must be reapplied for each year and are only considered if a girl is part of a program or shelter where encouragement and long-term follow-up is available.
In 2013, we will implement 2 of our Sâ€™s in one program : Sustainable programs and Scholarships. We will be opening tailoring classes at each of the border monitoring stations. Each class will be for 6 months and provide skills training to 20-25 girls in each class. The scholarship for each girl to attend is $225.00. sses a l c c peuti nce ng, da i Thera n i a r t e le: lif e ch s, spe examp e s s a l c s, art classe s classe
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Financial Information Total Income $205,852 Donors Foundations/Grants
Major donors: Retail Orphan Initiative, Lee Company
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This is our annual financial report with detailed statistics regarding our work to fight trafficking globally.