Rex Grantee Story: FAIR Girls Building Safe House
Rex Board Member Rosalie Howarth forwards this update from FAIR Girls founder Andrea Powell (FAIR Girls received Rex’s 2011 Bill Graham Award for their work preventing and fighting the sexual trafficking of young girls). Rosalie says: “I am pleased to see that they are caring for three times as many girls as when we presented them with the grant, but sorry they are sleeping in hotel lobbies to keep them safe, and proud of them to be raising 80k for a new safe house.”
FAIR Girls is currently working to open a safe house for girls aged 17 to 22. While the transitional home would be in DC, we could accept girls from around the country. We have more than triple the number of girls in our program now, and housing is a critical need. We have had to sleep in our office, in our own apartments, and even in hotel lobbies with our girls in the past year, and it’s not sustainable. We are hopeful to open the house in the fall, pending funding.
I’d love to share a few links with you of videos from our recent May 8th gala. The evening was a great celebration of our girls’ accomplishments and also helped us raise $20K of the $80K we need to open our safe house!
And, here is Lisa Ling’s video address to FAIR Girls:
Finally, I know you’ll love to hear from 18 year old Snezana, our keynote survivor speaker: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9OQ6EKEdlo