Target: Dr. Lisa Nguyen, Founder and Director of the Senhoa Foundation
Goal: Commend a nonprofit providing job training, education, and therapy to survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia
The Senhoa Foundation has a unique way of addressing the comprehensive needs of vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking. Partnering with local organizations, the foundation offers these persons an opportunity for income-generation, social integration, and self-empowerment in the form of crafting custom fine jewelry.
In conjunction with Senhoa’s re-integration house for girls who have been institutionalized and its community center providing education to families in order to prevent trafficking, the Jewelry/Life Skills program provides job training and placement post-graduation, also encouraging emotional healing through the creative process of hand-crafting a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Endorsed by supermodel and philanthropist Coco Rocha and featured in several high fashion magazines, the program offers participants a chance to feel more in control of their situation, something trafficking brutally robs them of, and a space to regain a sense of safety and self-worth.
As the foundation’s website explains, human trafficking, the forcing or coercion of persons into migration, labor, prostitution, or exploitation, is on the rise in Cambodia. Women and children make up the majority of trafficked persons, and after being sold or stolen by family members, they are often abused emotionally, physically, and sexually, on a routine-basis. Senhoa’s response to this terrible human rights violation goes beyond typical job training programs, which often fail to account for the overall trauma a person experiences in being trafficked. From trafficking prevention to therapy to empowering individuals to acquire fair trade jobs, the Senhoa Foundation’s holistic model is a leader in “culturally-sensitive rehabilitation and advocacy” that seeks to care for victims of human trafficking and protect them from suffering in that way again.
By signing the petition below, you can thank the Senhoa Foundation for their efforts to end modern slavery as we know it.
Dear Dr. Lisa Nguyen,
I am writing to thank you for your innovative programs that provide vulnerable persons and survivors of human trafficking with income generation, social re-integration, and self-empowerment. I especially commend you on your innovative Jewelry/Life Skills project, which offers these persons a community in which to heal and a skill that both sustains one monetarily and builds self-worth.
As human trafficking is on the rise in Cambodia, your model addresses the full range of factors that fuel this horrid practice from poverty to lack of education to culture. With your pre-school and community center , your transition house for young women previously institutionalized, as well as your Jewelry/Life Skills project, you demonstrate how to collapse the underlying structures that support such human rights violations. Accounting for the trauma experienced by these persons, your holistic approach to facilitating healing in this community is heartening, and your sensitivity, truly comforting. Thank you for the care you have shown to victims of modern slavery and your efforts to end the practice once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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