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Often times the most vulnerable youth in our communities are the ones who are targeted by traffickers. Over 80% of trafficked victims have experienced life in the foster care system, and 1 in 5 homeless youth will end up being trafficked during their time on the streets. Gems Uncovered understands the importance of educating youth about the realities of trafficking, and training them to see the signs and red flags before it’s too late. This is done through informative workshops and impactful, youth-led rallies in their communities called “Our Voice”.
Free 2B Me
Free 2B Me is an eleven week Sexual Exploitation Diversion Program for women 18 and over. It is designed to educate and empower survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. The Diversion Program includes ten weeks of Ending The Game© curriculum from Sower Education Group and one elective session of the participants choice.
Ending The Game is unique because it is survivor created and survivor informed. It provides the structure and framework needed to uncover harmful psychological coercion (a.k.a. “The Game”) that victims may have been subjected to during or before their exploitation experience. By revealing a sequence of commonly-used, yet seldom-explained, mind control techniques used by traffickers, sexual abusers, media and other coercive agents, we aim to empower victims to acquire skills and end “The Game.” In addition to the Ending the Game curriculum, participants have an option of selecting an elective session.
There is REAL, life-changing power in being able to name what happened and see their experiences through a new lens. Most importantly, the women learn to take meaningful steps toward reclaiming their personal power, rewriting their own destiny, and embracing true survivor hood. After the successful completion of the eleven weeks they celebrate their participants with a party, gifts, and surprises.
Gems Uncovered equips and sends volunteer outreach teams to the streets in Long Beach, Compton, and Los Angeles. They provide small care bags which include hygiene items, resources, encouraging messages, and gifts. They have become an anchor of consistency over the past five years, faithfully going out rain or shine. They offer to pray over every person they encounter, and strive to demonstrate love in a positive way.
Women's Jail Ministry
Gems Uncovered has recently begun a new program inside the Women’s County Jail called “Journey Out”. This Diversion Program is similar in nature to the Free 2B Me program, and works to educate and empower the women who take part in the course. The women learn to take meaningful steps toward reclaiming their personal power, rewriting their own destiny, and embracing their lives.
WHY GEMS UNCOVERED
It was the highest priority to partner with an organization that we trust. We trust Gems Uncovered, the work they do, and their staff. They have a proven track record of changing lives, and we've been fortunate enough to see that first-hand. We believe in their mission and their vision as an organization, and have seen women literally transform and blossom through their programs.
The mission of Gems Uncovered is to rebuild lives affected by Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation by offering resources, counseling, awareness and education in a safe, nurturing and loving environment.
Their vision is to activate a healthy confidence and equip each survivor with tools to enable them to soar and achieve their dreams and walk in their purpose.
To learn more about Gems Uncovered, please visit them online at gemsuncovered.org.