We would like to share some exciting news with all of you. The Executive Director and Founder of Courtney?s House, Tina Frundt has won the "Freedom Awards" through Free the Slaves, she was granted the Frederick Douglas Award. This is the first time a United States Citizen has won!!
For those of you who may not be familiar with Tina?s story we would like to provide a little background. Tina Frundt has been actively involved in raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) since 2000. A high profile national advocate on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and a survivor of CSEC, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed to helping other children and women who are living through experiences similar to her own. She has been featured on numerous national television shows and publications, including the Oprah Show, the Montel Williams Show, CNN and Redbook Magazine. She has also testified before U.S. Congress about her own experiences and the need for greater protection and services for trafficked persons. Realizing that there was no specialized housing in Washington, D.C. for sex trafficked children, Ms. Frundt started Courtney?s House in August 2008. Ms. Frundt trains law enforcement and other non-profits about rescuing victims and servicing their needs. Tina Frundt has helped over 500 victims escape their trafficking situations. She is also a member of the Washington, D.C. Anti-Trafficking Task Force.
The initiative for Courtney?s House was started in August 2008. Courtney?s House is a six-bed long-term group home for sex trafficked girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years ? the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C. area to cater specifically to this vital population segment. Only a year and a half after this initiative began, it is exciting news that Courtney?s House has moved into their new group home (Shae's Place) on Saturday March 20th!!!!! Doors will open for residents Mid June!!! So they will need everyone's help in getting it ready so stay tuned for more information on how you can help! Please visit http://www.courtneyshouse.org
to learn more.
FREE THE SLAVES, was founded in 2000, strives to liberate slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery. Their mission is to end slavery worldwide. They believe that ending slavery is an ambitious?and realizable?goal. Everyone has a role to play in this great endeavor: governments, businesses, international aid organizations, consumers, and YOU! Freedom Award Winner 2010
The Freedom Awards celebrate heroes of the anti-slavery movement from around the world. The awards are open to organizations and individuals working to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Nominations came from 22 countries, and winners were selected by an independent international committee. This year's awards honor women who are setting the standard for world-class anti-slavery work. Their inspiring life stories and courageous work recognize the importance of survivors in the anti-slavery movement.Frederick Douglas Award
About the Award: This award will be given to an individual who has survived a form of slavery and is now using his or her life in freedom to help others exercise the purpose of their lives. This award will honor the tremendous resilience of the human spirit and emphasize that many survivors of modern-day slavery go on to help others to freedom.
The Recipient Will Receive:
* $10,000 for a program of training and capacity building to continue and expand his or her work.
* $10,000 to be awarded over two years, and used as he or she feels appropriate.Award Criteria
The Frederick Douglass Award will be given to an individual survivor of slavery whose current life and work most clearly shows:
* Active care and compassionate initiative toward other people in need (in slavery or another kind of human need).
* Determination to seek out their own purpose in life and decide on
his or her own actions.
* Ability to cope with and overcome challenges.
* Integrity between his or her beliefs, ideas, and practical activities.
The 2010 award ceremony will be in Los Angeles, CA on November 7th. To learn more about free the slaves please visit the website www.freetheslaves.net
Lastly, I wanted to share with you the story of the 2008 Douglas Freedom Award winner, James Kofi Annan. Many of us attended the DC Stop Modern Slavery meeting last night and were privileged to hear James speak of his life from slavery to freedom to activist. At age six, James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery. He worked in Ghana?s fishing villages 17 hours a day. Food and shelter were scant. Abuse was constant. Seven years later, James escaped back home to his parents. In 2003, he started Challenging Heights to empower children through education. Every day, vulnerable children turn to Challenging Heights for homework help, sports and the arts. In some villages James has created innovative peer programs with children and adults approaching kids and parents to get local children in school and away from sweet-talking traffickers. James regularly funded Challenging Heights with more than half of his bank salary. Visit http://www.freetheslaves.net/Page.aspx?pid=449
to learn his story. Thank you to Ray Lian and his DCSMS group for providing this opportunity.