Cadence's fight against human trafficking continues
In 2017, we joined the fight against human trafficking by partnering with ECPAT, which stands for “End Child Prostitution and Trafficking,” and signing the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct.
Leveraging our place in the travel industry, we are doing what we can to bring awareness and education to our clients and travel partners. One of the ways we have been able to make a difference is by honoring GenerateHope, a not-for-profit organization that provides long-term housing and trauma-informed therapy, education, and vocational support to survivors of sex trafficking.
At our 2017 annual holiday charity event, we were able to raise over $23,000 for the organization and we are excited to announce they will be our featured charity again in 2018.
As we prepare for this year’s night of giving, we connected with the organization to learn more about how last year’s funds were able to help survivors. We receive this message from GenerateHope:
“Cadence's donation certainly helped us launch the opening of the Coronado Transition Program. Since last year, our education program has grown with our Education Director developing curriculum that is trauma informed and specific to survivors. Two survivors have graduated our recovery program and moved into the Transition Home in September, and are excelling in school, the workplace and their communities. Support from Cadence will help us expand services in the future and open more long-term recovery homes! Ultimately our goal is to be able to see more trafficking survivors heal and be empowered into healthy independence.”
A story of a survivor:
“She was extremely shy when coming to our program - she didn’t speak for months, would pass notes to communicate with people, and had hair that covered her eyes. When she decided to fully dive in to all the program has to offer, she began to find her voice again. She was committed to becoming a strong, healthy, whole version of herself. She found her voice, and it is bold! She started community college at our Recovery Program, attended art therapy and equine therapy. She went to 5 group therapies a week, EMDR therapy, and had individual sessions 1-2 times a week. She reached milestones in her sobriety, and celebrated her first sober birthday in our home. She had mentors that showed her unconditional love and support and gave her a family in San Diego. She successfully graduated from our Recovery Program, and is now pursuing her dream career of working in the technology industry. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, she just received a full-ride scholarship to a 4 year university. She embodies grit and perseverance, and refuses to give up. Not only is she a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit, but also to the power of hope and love.”
Together, we are all a part of this fight and can make a powerful difference. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the cause!