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mission:

 

 

offers victims of Domestic Minor

Sex Trafficking (DMST)

a safe home for

restoration & the opportunity for a new beginning.

Did you know every 30 seconds someone becomes

a victim of modern-day slavery?

 

Did you know this happens in Lubbock, Texas?

 

 

 

Fighting to make a difference, community leaders Peggy Galanos, Kim Stark, Gloria Toti, Laura Pratt, and Terisa Clark founded the nonprofit organization called OneVoiceHome. This nonprofit organization is a key piece in a collaborative effort to combat the sex trafficking of our girls in Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

 

Our purpose is to provide a safe home for girls primarily 11-17 years old who are victims of domestic minor sex trafficking.  OneVoiceHome is designed to be a faith-based, state-licensed, therapeutic home for these victims and will include safe living quarters, an equine facility, and a multipurpose building for educational, medical, and recreational needs. OneVoiceHome will allow victimized girls to experience a new beginning using an overall holistic approach.

 

Please join us in the fight against the sexual exploitation of young girls and help us reach our goal of $1 million. All donations will provide the necessary resources to meet each girls’ needs and will lay the foundation for her to achieve a positive future.

 

To get involved and to break the silence, we are asking you to participate in our fundraising or donate directly through this site.

 

 

 

 

We all may not be called to do the same thing

but we are all called to do something.

 

Be OneVo!ce

Who We Are

What We Offer

A holistic approach designed to fit her specific needs

physical

emotional

spiritual

educational

A safe and loving environment. A personal bedroom. Medical care. Nutrition and general health.

 In-depth counseling.

Peer support. Units of study on grief, anger, identity, depression, anxiety and fear. Equine therapy and other forms of

experiential treatment.

  Spiritual mentorship and instruction. Support in discovering personal worth and identity.

Formal education classes with emphasis on higher education. Non-formal education in life skills, computer literacy, conflict resolution, budgeting, and more.

Human trafficking is the exclamation point to modern day injustice.

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HEAR THEIR

VO!CES

Anna

“The Lord himself will

fight for you, you need

only be still.”

 

– Exodus 14:14

Anna Malika has an emotional, yet remarkable story. Although she endured many trials and tribulations, her experiences do not define her in a negative light, but rather illustrate strength and courage. Anna is so much more than her story. She is an overcomer.

 

Anna was adopted from Kolkata, India into an American family, but the safety that every child should be surrounded by was far removed from Anna’s upbringing. She experienced sexual, emotional and physical abuse by various people as she was growing up. All the abuse started to twist her concept of beauty and what her value lied in. She started to believe that she could only be beautiful and “worth it” if she was skinnier and not Indian.

 

The lies of her worth were amplified. Then, a 40-year-old man approached her telling her that she was special and beautiful. Being only in her late teens, Anna easily fell for his sweet words. Could he be the person to love and accept her for who she was? Little did she know that the “art project” he asked her to help him with, would be the source of her being trafficked and sexually exploited.

 

Anna was able to escape the pornographic world she became trapped in, but her struggles were far from over. Anna turned to drinking, self-harm, and eating disorders in order to cope. Over time, and by God’s grace, Anna started to realize that the path she was heading down, would be her fatal downfall. There were issues that she believed were gone, but in reality, were only buried. She wanted to be healed.

 

 

 

In the summer of 2011, Anna attended a program called Mercy Ministries. Mercy Ministries is a Christian residential program that assists young women with life-controlling issues. Anna allowed God to unearth the buried pains, and restore her mind, hear, and soul. She graduated from the program in February 2012.

 

Anna is now doing work with the local government in human trafficking law and policy making. She is also working as a survivor advocate. God has placed a desire in her heart to concentrate on the link between sex trafficking and pornography, as it relates to at-risk youth. She is working to finish her B.A. in sociology with a concentration in Criminology. Anna recently launched her first fashion collection during New York Fashion Week called “Freedom is the New Beautiful”. Her goal is to show women beauty is not a size, and that modest clothing can still be fashionable.

 

Anna says, “I am a new creation! None of the abuse, labels, or past thought patterns identify me anymore. The enemy can keep the guilt and condemnation! My chains are broken! I am FREE!” Anna has a story. It’s one of redemption, hope, and a future. Still, she is more than her story. She is an overcomer!

 

Read more about Anna and review her collection at annamalika.com

 

 

Elizabeth

I grew up in West Texas. My mom and dad got a divorce when I was three so I went to

live with my mom. My brothers were a lot older and would take turns babysitting me.

When they graduated high school, my youngest brother was left to babysit me when mom

was at work.

 

At age six, my brother started molesting me everyday. Initially, I was very confused as to

what was going on. Inside I knew something was wrong but it wasn’t until several years

later that I realized the extent of the abuse. As the years passed, he became more violent

while throwing me against walls and punching me. The abuse also became more intense

as I grew older and it didn’t seem to help fighting against it.

 

The pattern intensified when he started showing me pornography and then had me imitate

what I saw on the computer screen. If I didn’t comply he would strike me into

submission. When viewing the pornography I was so confused, and I didn’t understand

what was going on. I was a little girl. As time went on, I saw more pornography;

children posing in underwear and doing sexual acts. My brother would sometimes offer

me choices of which sexual acts to do or which poses to make. Other times he would

have me act out with him what was on the screen. Several years later I found out that my

brother had someone in the closet, taking pictures and videos when he would abuse me.

The pictures and videos would then be sold to an online distributer of child pornography

and the images would be spread worldwide.

 

 

Later on, I found out that my brother actually met this guy on the school bus; he was two

years older. My brother started going home with him to hang out because my brother

didn’t have many friends. The guy then started molesting my brother and would rape him

if he didn’t comply. The guy began sending pictures to the contact at the online

distributing group. The guy found out that my brother had a little sister and asked my

brother to get pictures of me. At first, my brother didn’t want to comply but the guy told

my brother that if he didn’t comply he would come and abuse me. My brother knew how

rough the guy had been towards him so he chose to abuse me instead while the other guy

filmed in the closet. The cycle of abuse continued.

 

Growing up I was an angry kid, especially at school. I often felt left out of groups, and I

couldn’t fit in with other kids. I felt different than everyone else around me. Everyday I

dreaded coming home from school. On the bus ride home, I would start feeling anxious

and would often start crying. I would dread what was going to happen. When the summer

would come everything would be 1,000 times worse. From the moment I would wake up

everything would start and often last throughout the day. I remember my brother telling

me not to tell my mom because she would hate me. He put all the guilt, blame and shame

on my shoulders, reminding me not to speak to anyone about what was happening. My

mom was oblivious to everything going on, as she was very busy trying to provide for

our family.

 

 

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    When I was about ten or eleven years old, my parents received a call from the local

    children’s advocacy center. We met with them, and they began asking me questions. I

    always felt like they were asking rhetorical questions and they didn’t allow me to just

    talk. That summer I wasn’t allowed to stay at my moms, so I went to live with my dad.

     

    After that summer, people acted like the abuse didn’t happen. I don’t remember my

    parents talking to me about it. I was required to go to counseling but would tell them

    what I felt they wanted to hear. My mom seemed to be in so much pain, even though she

    wouldn’t talk about it. I didn’t want to hurt her any more so I told the counselors that I

    was doing well. In reality, I was really confused and so I buried everything inside —as

    deep as possible. I don’t remember much of how I felt but I know that I acted angrily all

    the time. During that time one of my brothers was especially kind to me. He looked out

    for me and allowed me to be myself.

     

    In high school, I struggled with popping pills, drinking and smoking weed. In middle

    school, I began looking at pornography on my own and this continued into my high

    school years. Pornography would take my mind off of my reality and allowed me to

    escape. This part of my childhood naturally carried over and became the norm of my

    days. It was like a drug for me. I began making out with random guys. Getting into high

    school, I felt really lost. I moved to another city. I also went to trial to testify against my

    boyfriend who raped me in the movie theater. He ended up being convicted for another

    rape so I didn’t have to testify.

     

     

    Being in the courtroom with him was difficult, and I also

    felt stuck in my life as a victim. I had no sense of who I was. I got into a relationship with

    a guy in high school that lasted several years. I didn’t know how to love or be loved. I

    didn’t know how to be in a relationship with someone. I took a lot of my anger and

    frustration out on that relationship while also giving myself completely to him. We broke

    up for a little while, and I ended up having sex with two guys, one after the other. It took

    this for me to realize I had a problem. At the end of my senior year, I began realizing that

    I needed help to work through my past.

     

    After finishing high school, I started going to counseling again. I knew I needed to deal

    with this sober and without sex. I started pouring myself into a relationship with God,

    allowing him to take the reigns on my life. I started slowly working through everything,

    trying to find out who I was, without sex or my past being there to haunt me everyday. I

    found complete life and newness in Christ in who he said I was, not who the world and

    my past told me I should be. I still struggle daily now, choosing between who I am now,

    in Christ, or choosing who the past tells me I am. Finding people I trust, going to

    counseling, walking out life with those people, learning how to be vulnerable and

    becoming transparent has helped me as I walk in recovery.

     

    For those of you who may be caught in abuse: please remember the things that happened

    are not okay. It’s not all your fault. You’re not alone. You are loved. Just because

    someone decided to do that to you does not take away your pureness or beauty. Work

    through it. Make the hard decision to work through it and not rely on unhealthy coping

    mechanisms. For me, Jesus is the ultimate healer, and I couldn’t have done it without

    him.

HUMAN

TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS

Approximately 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas.

(Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work)

 

Since 2013, over 12,000 calls were made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline from Texas.

(National Human Trafficking Hotline 2016)

 

Over 50 cases were filed in Lubbock County for Trafficking of Persons and Compelling Prostitution in fiscal year 2016.

(Texas Judicial Branch–2016 Annual Statistical Report)

 

As of August 31, 2014, 98 individuals were incarcerated in Texas state prisons for convictions of either trafficking

of persons or compelling prostitution.

(The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report 2014)

 

There are less than 35 beds in residential facilities in Texas to assist child victims of sex trafficking.

There are an estimated

 

 

victims of human trafficking worldwide

((International Labour Organization)

20.9 Million

Roughly,

 

 

of those victims are in forced sexual exploitation

((International Labour Organization)

4.5 Million

Human trafficking has been

reported repeatedly in all

 

 

(Polaris Project)

50 States

Human trafficking in the private economy generates

 

 

in illegal profits per year

((International Labour Organization)

$150 Billion

As many as

 

 

children run away each year in the United States, and within forty-eight hours of hitting the streets, a third of these children are lured or recruited by a trafficker into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.

(The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

1.6 & 2.8 Million

HUMAN

TRAFFICKING

Sex trafficking is a crime against humanity and is modern day slavery.

In 2016

 

 

of the 18,500 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely sex trafficking victims.

(The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

1 out of 6

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 HELP HOTLINE

If you believe you’re a victim of sex trafficking or know someone who is and need immediate help please dial 1-888-373-7888 and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center will connect you with local assistance. Or victims and survivors may send a message to BeFree (233733) to get help or to connect with local services.

 

 

 

OneVoiceHome is exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and has received a ruling that it is a public charity organization as described in sections 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Email:   onevoicehome@gmail.com

 

Phone:  806-429-2192

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