The end of 2018 marks a year of living in a cultural moment when communities around the globe have been taking a stand against sexual exploitation and gender-based violence.

Since 2009, our community has been fighting sex trafficking—exploitation and violence in their most horrific form. We’ve learned what it takes to move from passion to impact: hard work, innovation, and above all, collaboration.

The people below represent the kind of dedication and teamwork it takes to fight sexual exploitation and gender-based violence. Donate this holiday season and join a community that’s working toward real change.

 
 
  CORINNE SPURRIER  serves on Restore’s Board of Directors. She was initially drawn to Restore because of our leaders, whom she describes as “fierce fighters with gentle spirits.” Corinne is a key player in our annual Restore Freedom Gala, working on everything from ticket strategy to decorations to securing talent for an engaging program. She’s taken our events to the next level, allowing us to grow our supporter base.

CORINNE SPURRIER serves on Restore’s Board of Directors. She was initially drawn to Restore because of our leaders, whom she describes as “fierce fighters with gentle spirits.” Corinne is a key player in our annual Restore Freedom Gala, working on everything from ticket strategy to decorations to securing talent for an engaging program. She’s taken our events to the next level, allowing us to grow our supporter base.

  SUSAN JACOB , the Executive Director of the Queens Family Justice Center (QFJC), is a key leader and partners closely with Restore to ensure survivors of sex trafficking are connected to vital social services and civil, legal, and criminal justice assistance. QFJC is one of the five New York City Family Justice Centers operated by the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), which develops policies and programs, provides training and prevention education, conducts research and evaluations, and performs community outreach. ENDGBV collaborates with agencies and stakeholders like Restore to ensure access to inclusive services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

SUSAN JACOB, the Executive Director of the Queens Family Justice Center (QFJC), is a key leader and partners closely with Restore to ensure survivors of sex trafficking are connected to vital social services and civil, legal, and criminal justice assistance. QFJC is one of the five New York City Family Justice Centers operated by the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), which develops policies and programs, provides training and prevention education, conducts research and evaluations, and performs community outreach. ENDGBV collaborates with agencies and stakeholders like Restore to ensure access to inclusive services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

  TIMOTHY FALLON AND ESTHER LIMB  work with Her Justice, a partner organization that stands with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help. Every woman we serve needs legal counsel, and we’re thankful to partner with the best. These stalwart attorneys guide survivors every step of the way, including applying for T Visas, which provide immigration relief for survivors of trafficking.

TIMOTHY FALLON AND ESTHER LIMB work with Her Justice, a partner organization that stands with women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help. Every woman we serve needs legal counsel, and we’re thankful to partner with the best. These stalwart attorneys guide survivors every step of the way, including applying for T Visas, which provide immigration relief for survivors of trafficking.

 
  CINDY BOMBEECK  started volunteering in Restore’s Safehome in 2014. Her passion for serving survivors quickly grew, leading her to join our staff so that she could work more closely with residents. Today, Cindy is our leader in ensuring that the key components necessary for world-class care are always in place at our Safehome, which is often the first place of refuge for survivors after exiting their trafficking situations.

CINDY BOMBEECK started volunteering in Restore’s Safehome in 2014. Her passion for serving survivors quickly grew, leading her to join our staff so that she could work more closely with residents. Today, Cindy is our leader in ensuring that the key components necessary for world-class care are always in place at our Safehome, which is often the first place of refuge for survivors after exiting their trafficking situations.

Despite the plethora of anti-trafficking organizations in New York City, there is a significant gap in housing. We run toward opportunities to fill this gap. In 2011, we opened the first safehome of its kind. It has become the gold standard for transitional housing in our field.

  CINDY and T,  a graduate of our Housing Program, were all hugs and laughs as they enjoyed a mini reunion at our photography shoot for this campaign. T was a resident in our Safehome for a little over a year.

CINDY and T, a graduate of our Housing Program, were all hugs and laughs as they enjoyed a mini reunion at our photography shoot for this campaign. T was a resident in our Safehome for a little over a year.

  MIREJAH CRUZ  is an actress who volunteers at our Safehome. Volunteers like her help break down cultural barriers at the Safehome, providing community and friendship and mentoring survivors as they re-enter the world and workforce. We could not do our work without these compassionate and dedicated partners.

MIREJAH CRUZ is an actress who volunteers at our Safehome. Volunteers like her help break down cultural barriers at the Safehome, providing community and friendship and mentoring survivors as they re-enter the world and workforce. We could not do our work without these compassionate and dedicated partners.

 

“Volunteering at Restore has been such an eye-opening experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside their amazing staff on such an important movement.”

Mirejah Cruz, Volunteer

  DAVID HUNG  has led our board since 2011, helping increase our revenue nearly tenfold. He brings a wealth of leadership experience, having served as a V.P. at Quidsi, which was acquired by Amazon, and co-founding Peek, a startup that created a device named “Gadget of the Year” by Time and Wired magazines. David is currently the co-founder and CEO of Find Your Trainer. Asked why he signed up for the daunting task of growing a young nonprofit working in an evolving field, he shared "when I learned that sex trafficking was not only real, but happening right here in New York City to the most vulnerable, it was impossible not to.”

DAVID HUNG has led our board since 2011, helping increase our revenue nearly tenfold. He brings a wealth of leadership experience, having served as a V.P. at Quidsi, which was acquired by Amazon, and co-founding Peek, a startup that created a device named “Gadget of the Year” by Time and Wired magazines. David is currently the co-founder and CEO of Find Your Trainer. Asked why he signed up for the daunting task of growing a young nonprofit working in an evolving field, he shared "when I learned that sex trafficking was not only real, but happening right here in New York City to the most vulnerable, it was impossible not to.”

 
  SORAYA CINA  serves as a volunteer translator for Spanish-speaking survivors served at Restore. We are the only agency in the U.S. focused on serving female foreign-national survivors of trafficking. Volunteers like Soraya are essential. With help from supporters like her, we’ve been able to serve women from 71 countries across the globe.

SORAYA CINA serves as a volunteer translator for Spanish-speaking survivors served at Restore. We are the only agency in the U.S. focused on serving female foreign-national survivors of trafficking. Volunteers like Soraya are essential. With help from supporters like her, we’ve been able to serve women from 71 countries across the globe.

  SORAYA AND E , a Spanish-speaking graduate of our programs, share a moment together during our photography shoot for this campaign. Professionally, Soraya works as a Certified Medical Interpreter. We’re so grateful that she brings her skills to Restore as well.

SORAYA AND E, a Spanish-speaking graduate of our programs, share a moment together during our photography shoot for this campaign. Professionally, Soraya works as a Certified Medical Interpreter. We’re so grateful that she brings her skills to Restore as well.

  MIREJAH AND K , a graduate of our Housing Program, first met each other in our Safehome, where K was a resident for over a year. They had a chance to catch up and laugh together at our photography shoot for this campaign.

MIREJAH AND K, a graduate of our Housing Program, first met each other in our Safehome, where K was a resident for over a year. They had a chance to catch up and laugh together at our photography shoot for this campaign.

  MELISSA MARTINEZ  is a superstar with whom we’re grateful to have worked closely for years. A key member of the Manhattan D.A.’s Human Trafficking Response Unit, she is on the front lines of helping survivors and prosecuting traffickers. In recalling the landscape a decade ago, she shares that she used to have to work hard to make people believe that sex trafficking even existed in New York City. Next year, Melissa begins teaching a class on sex trafficking at Columbia University.

MELISSA MARTINEZ is a superstar with whom we’re grateful to have worked closely for years. A key member of the Manhattan D.A.’s Human Trafficking Response Unit, she is on the front lines of helping survivors and prosecuting traffickers. In recalling the landscape a decade ago, she shares that she used to have to work hard to make people believe that sex trafficking even existed in New York City. Next year, Melissa begins teaching a class on sex trafficking at Columbia University.

“Helping survivors of human trafficking in the healing process is the heart of the anti-trafficking movement’s work and it has been an honor to do that alongside Restore.”

Melissa Martinez, New York County District Attorney’s Office

  KRISTIN MOLTZ AND SHANTAE RODRIGUEZ  work with New Life Community Health Center (NLCHC), a partner that seeks to see lives transformed through the provision of ongoing excellence in health care oriented to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of immigrants and the under-insured. Many survivors face a multitude of health challenges but don’t have basic insurance; our partnership with NLCHC has been a game-changer. Not only do Kristin and Shantae provide reliable and quick care, but we know they’ll do so with the warmth and sensitivity survivors need.

KRISTIN MOLTZ AND SHANTAE RODRIGUEZ work with New Life Community Health Center (NLCHC), a partner that seeks to see lives transformed through the provision of ongoing excellence in health care oriented to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of immigrants and the under-insured. Many survivors face a multitude of health challenges but don’t have basic insurance; our partnership with NLCHC has been a game-changer. Not only do Kristin and Shantae provide reliable and quick care, but we know they’ll do so with the warmth and sensitivity survivors need.

  BECK SULLIVAN  leads our Client Services team, which provides counseling, case management, resource coordination, and other services for survivors. Based on the most recent data available, Restore receives more referrals than any other anti-trafficking agency in New York City. This year, we’ve served nearly 330 women.

BECK SULLIVAN leads our Client Services team, which provides counseling, case management, resource coordination, and other services for survivors. Based on the most recent data available, Restore receives more referrals than any other anti-trafficking agency in New York City. This year, we’ve served nearly 330 women.

Restore is one of the only anti-trafficking agencies in New York City that doesn’t turn anyone away. If we can’t provide services to a survivor, we find an agency that can and provide a warm hand-off.

Response time for crises is within 24 hours.

  BECK AND N , a graduate of our programs, smile together at our photography shoot. Beck’s leadership has allowed us to serve survivors with the respect and dignity they deserve.

BECK AND N, a graduate of our programs, smile together at our photography shoot. Beck’s leadership has allowed us to serve survivors with the respect and dignity they deserve.

 
  ALLEN TREW  serves as Treasurer on our Board of Directors. When he first learned the ugly truth of sex trafficking in New York, Allen shares that he was “simply angry.” He made a financial gift because he desired healing and justice. Nearly seven years later, he felt called to join our board because “just as Christ gave everything for us when we were outsiders, I believe that in response we are to care for the most vulnerable outsiders.” Allen is an analyst for MSD Capital, a New York-based investment firm.

ALLEN TREW serves as Treasurer on our Board of Directors. When he first learned the ugly truth of sex trafficking in New York, Allen shares that he was “simply angry.” He made a financial gift because he desired healing and justice. Nearly seven years later, he felt called to join our board because “just as Christ gave everything for us when we were outsiders, I believe that in response we are to care for the most vulnerable outsiders.” Allen is an analyst for MSD Capital, a New York-based investment firm.

“I am not equipped to do crisis management or counseling, but as a member of the board I can leverage my professional experience to help lead through the lens of an investor. It gives me great joy that God has given me a supporting role in this work.”

Allen Trew, Board of Directors

  TIANYI  is one of our loyal volunteers. She is originally from China and shares that because survivors are often from her home country, she feels that she should help. “I feel related to survivors. We speak the same language, traveled to this new country, and are trying to adapt to the new environment.”

TIANYI is one of our loyal volunteers. She is originally from China and shares that because survivors are often from her home country, she feels that she should help. “I feel related to survivors. We speak the same language, traveled to this new country, and are trying to adapt to the new environment.”

We’re privileged to be working with this community to make freedom real for survivors like the brave women pictured below.

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As the Restore community continues to grow and we see new momentum in the larger fight against sexual violence, we know this with more certainty: we are reaching a real inflection point toward ending sex trafficking in New York City and beyond. Only with ongoing collaboration can we make freedom real for the thousands of survivors who still need services.

Will you join us?

 
 

Photography by Jason Leavy