Empowering Human Trafficking Survivors to Speak Up, Share Hope and Be Brave.
Suppressing my trauma resulted with me becoming an angry and guarded person, too ashamed to talk about my past. I was lost and confused, covered with insecurities, guilt and shame. It wasn’t until I was able to find my identity in Christ that I was truly able to breathe, let go, and start thinking more clearly.
So I promised myself and my daughters that I wouldn’t allow my past to dictate my future and let my past continue to silence me. I had to tell myself “ Girl, SPEAK UP!” And so I started to do just that- Finding my identity in Christ, creating support systems, processing my trauma, and asking for help.
Girl, Speak Up was birthed in 2020 for the girl who is a survivor of human trafficking. I’m telling every girl who feels silenced by their past.. Girl, Speak UP! Let’s do life together.
We want to see survivors of Human Trafficking get past their trauma and have their eyes opened to the fact that there is such a bigger, eternal purpose for why they are placed on this earth. There is an incredibly larger picture at play, but it so easily gets clouded by the junk they have gone through and go through in day to day life.
Our mission is to eradicate human trafficking through educational and preventative programming by amplifying survivor voices so that they may find their worth, purpose, and identity in Christ through care and community. We also work to restore survivors by creating safe spaces centered around their needs and goals.
Recruited at the mall at age 13, Sabrina was not aware that she was being groomed for trafficking/exploitation. Without notice, she was now a victim of child exploitation. Under threat and fear, Sabrina was coerced into doing what was asked of her. She became powerless, voiceless, and full of fear. Sabrina had just entered her teenage years, living a life she did not sign up for, all while keeping it hidden from her friends and family. In 2004, she was given a way out: before entering high school, she became pregnant by her exploiter. She exchanged her childhood for motherhood and kept her daughter.
Today, Sabrina has been out of “the life” for 15 years. She eventually obtained her degree online and continued to better her life. Sabrina is happily married to her husband, Jose Lopez, and together they have seven beautiful daughters. Today Sabrina is raising awareness and empowering Survivors of Abuse and Human Trafficking to Speak Up, Be Brave, so they can start to see the light at what seems like a hopeless tunnel.
Donations made to Girl, Speak Up! support our survivors with their basic needs, empowerment programs, events, advocacy, community trainings as well as operational costs.
Your donation helps us to continue to fight for justice, healing and hope for survivors of Human Trafficking.