Executive Director's Address
Friends and supporters,

Happy new year! Thanks to your generosity, FAIR Girls is off to a strong start in 2019. Because of your financial support we were able to exceed our end of year fundraising goal! Thank you to all of our supporters - new and long-standing - for your renewed commitment to eradicating human trafficking and for making it possible for FAIR Girls to continue to positively impact the lives of the survivors we serve. Due to your overwhelming support, we were also able to provide meaningful gifts and holiday activities for our clients and we wanted to share with you their moving personal thank you messages below. 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, an important time of year for service providers and advocates to raise awareness about human trafficking. We focus this month on educating our communities, lawmakers, and youth about what trafficking looks like...and what it doesn't, and to discussing how we can all better work together to effectively combat it. At FAIR Girls, we have hit the ground running for this critical month of outreach! On January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awarness Day, FAIR Girls partnered with the Attorney General of D.C., Karl Racine, and other local service providers in discussing human trafficking with students at John Hayden Johnson Middle School. It was inspiring to see how knowledge translated to passion and power in the faces of these young students! We share pictures from the event below. 

My new years' challenge to all of you, our loyal and passionate supporters, is to consider the ways you too can lift up the voices of survivors and raise awareness about human trafficking in your own communities this month. Feel free to share the information, video, and the story of one of our very brave survivors included below. Tell your networks about FAIR Girls and why you have committed yourself to helping us end human trafficking, one life at a time!

Thank you again for your support and all that you do,
                                      Erin B. Andrews
                                      Executive Director
We asked for your help...and you came through! 
We can tell you just how big of an impact your finanical and wish-list contributions made this holiday season, but you don't have to take our word for it. We wanted to share with you these personal messages of thanks to you from the survivors in our Vida Home: 
Your Impact in Action
"Noelle" was trafficked when she was 17 right out of the foster care system. Her father abused and exploited her mother, so she experienced tremendous instability and trauma that was made even worse when she was trafficked to Montgomery County, MD and D.C. by a man who she thought loved her and would take care of her. Instead, he sold her online and made her meet her buyers night after night. Noelle -- now 24 years old came to stay at our Vida Home after being referred by law enforcement. FAIR Girls provided Noelle with crisis intervention, counseling and intensive case management, and worked with her to obtain her official documents, which were taken by her trafficker. She is now stable, accessing mental health and stable housing and working with the authorities to hold her trafficker accountable. Noelle is finally starting to dream and define a new life for herself.

Way to go, Noelle! 
Donor Spotlight
Why did you first decide to support FAIR Girls? 

I first learned about FAIR Girls 5 years ago at an event , where I heard two shocking facts that forever changed my awareness and prompted me to learn more. First, I learned that approximately 90% of the trafficking survivors that FAIR Girls serves are U.S.-born. Second, I had not understood just how prevalent trafficking is in the U.S., and I learned that girls and young women were being trafficked throughout the DMV, where I call home. With this disturbing and disheartening awareness, also came hope!  Learning about FAIR Girls' unique set of programs and how they are making a big impact in providing brighter outcomes for survivors in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia was inspiring. It made me want to help.
What motivated you to increase your support so generously as 2018 came to a close?

My spouse and I decided that we wanted to try to make a bigger impact at the end of 2018 by selecting one nonprofit and making a large contribution instead of a larger number of small contributions.  We chose FAIR Girls, because we feel so passionately about their mission, and we know their unique set of trauma-informed programs are truly helping trafficking survivors rebuild their lives.

Why did you think it was important to do a matching program?

We loved the idea of doing a matching program because we know that it has been a significant motivator to each of us in the past when we were considering making a donation to other organizations. This suggestion was another way we hoped to make a bigger impact. We are so thrilled that other FAIR Girls supporters met the challenge!

Is there a FAIR Girls initiative that especially interests you?

The FAIR Girls Vida Home is an inspiring program! The Vida Home is the only transitional housing program in the DMV area that is exclusively for survivors of trafficking who identify as young women ages 18-26.  It’s hard to imagine how a survivor could be successful in transitioning to a new life if she doesn’t have the comfort of a safe home where she has access to trauma-informed, compassionate care. This program is critical for survivors who don’t have any place else to go.

What advice do you have for people that are considering donating or haven't donated in awhile?

The unique programs offered by FAIR Girls are critical in providing brighter futures for survivors of trafficking in the DC area. Please consider supporting FAIR Girls to help ensure these programs will continue to grow as more and more brave girls and young women are able to break free from their trafficker with the hope of rebuilding their lives.
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FAIR Girls has provided more than 1,000 girls and young women with safe housing, client- centered, trauma-informed direct services, and life skills they need to transition from victim to survivor, in pursuit of our mission to end human trafficking, one life at a time.

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