Jacksonville locals mumpreneurs, Vanessa Barthelmes and Isabell Lindva have teamed up with the nonprofit organization Her Song to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking here in the local Duval community.
The Annual Summer Social & Fundraiser Event will honor Her Song, a Human Trafficking organization in Jacksonville, Florida, by hosting a fundraiser boasting fashion parades, aerialists, pamper bars and so much more! All to raise funds and supporting awareness for a cause that is becoming one of the most profitable crime business in the United States.
Florida ranks #3 in the nation for human trafficking, even more shockingly, Duval County ranks #5 in Florida as a hub for sex trafficking activity. Human Trafficking is a $150 Billion business, affecting most countries around the world. To put this in perspective, McDonald’s revenue for the fiscal year of 2017 was $22.8 Billion.
The pair have decided to put on an exciting summer social event to raise funds for the life-changing work for Her Song. The Havana Days themed event will raise funds through a fashion parade, aerial entertainment, pamper bars, auctions and of course lots of good food and drinks. Most of all it’s all for a good cause.
About Her Song
Founded in 2013 by Rachel White, M.A., LMHC, and based out of Jacksonville, Florida, Her Song is a nonprofit Human Trafficking survivor organization. Their mission is to; “interrupt the cycle of human trafficking and lead women to freedom. This is accomplished in three ways: survivor care, victim outreach, and community awareness.”
Her Song provides strength-based, empowerment-driven, trauma-informed restoration services for adult female survivors of human trafficking to help them on their journey to empowered independence. Her Song is currently the only nonprofit in Northeast Florida providing for the full spectrum of unique needs of this undeserved, misunderstood population.
They break down the barriers to recovery by providing accessible, integrated program; however, the needs far out-pace their existing capacity. They have a residential program that can only house 5 survivors at the moment, and with the 165 referrals they were getting in the 2018 for the residential program, there is a huge demand for a bigger program and a bigger survivor capacity. Her Song receive calls from all over Florida and various states across the country with requests for placement.
Traditional shelters are often short-term solutions and are not equipped to address the level of trauma and the full range of unique needs of human trafficking victims. Victims need a full program of wraparound services to ensure success and total healing. Her Song currently operates on a wait list for services, and they are in critical need to expand their specialized housing program.
This is where Vanessa and Isabell come in, this year fundraiser they will raise money for an expansion of the program, and being able to buy land to build their cornerstone safe residential facility, which will be able to house 10-12 victims. Her Song is looking for 10+ acres with a buffer from city life, and city noise.
Victims of human trafficking is most of the times women, and 1 of 4 victims are children. These victims need a safe place to live, food, clothing, healthcare access, and emotional support. They also need exit strategies from cycle abuse, therapy, education and career planning, peer recovery support, goal-setting, and new life skills. Her Song will help victims with all of this, and also help them to practice new skills in a safe environment, opportunities to build a future, and create a pathway to long-term independence.
Seeking community help and support is important for this program to expand, so they can continue to build upon the excellent continuum of care that they have created for victims in Northeast Florida.
Vanessa said, “I was inspired through a fundraising event Isabell invited me to in Tampa for Cupids Charity. The success and atmosphere made me want to run an event of my own to a cause that is close to my heart. Coming from Australia human trafficking is quite a problem there. When I learned the statistics of Human trafficking here in my local neighborhood I felt like I needed to do something about it.”
“My passion for helping others is what got me interested to plan a fundraiser for this cause”, said Isabell.
“Human Trafficking is something that people don’t think about, it doesn’t get the awareness and attention as it should. People often think that people get into “selling” themselves on their own, but matter of fact human trafficking victims are slaves! Human trafficking is modern-day slavery whether forced sex or forced labor. This will be our first year hosting the Summer Social & Fundraiser Event for Her Song. We want this to become a yearly event, not only to accomplish our fundraising goals, but continue to increase participation and awareness about Human Trafficking. “
To support the event, we have a range of opportunities. To join us in the fun simply purchase your ticket, or if you wish to donate funds, please visit https://summer-social-fundraiser.eventbrite.com.
If you would like to Sponsor this event, or Donate a raffle or auction item, please contact us! Open your eyes to human trafficking, you can make a difference! Any help towards this cause will help victims of Human Trafficking, here in our own hometown of Jacksonville, Florida!