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Resilient Community

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Our community reinforces the idea: You belong.
In a recent survey of iSanctuary Mumbai participants, 77% described the community environment as the element they value most about their experience working at iSanctuary. Over half described the Sanctuary as family. This data is exciting because it shows that our program is working.
Many human trafficking survivors have complex social histories that may include neglect and betrayal from those close to them beginning at a young age. Isolation from others is one of the primary means that traffickers use to coerce and dominate their victims. Any sense of belonging to a community that they previously had is stripped away.





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Resilient Community

You Belong

Our community reinforces the idea: You belong.

In a recent survey of iSanctuary Mumbai participants, 77% described the community environment as the element they value most about their experience working at iSanctuary. Over half described the Sanctuary as family. This data is exciting because it shows that our program is working.

Many human trafficking survivors have complex social histories that may include neglect and betrayal from those close to them beginning at a young age. Isolation from others is one of the primary means that traffickers use to coerce and dominate their victims. Any sense of belonging to a community that they previously had is stripped away.

Alone No Longer

Alone No Longer

Part Of A Whole

Being a part of the iSanctuary community reduces isolation and allows for self-development, team work, and improved social skills.

Resilient community support empowers people to follow their dreams and make positive choices for the future. We rally together to encourage each iSanctuary woman to become the best version of herself, and the community allows safe space to consider how she can successfully achieve her dreams.

Forming a strong community during reintegration for human trafficking survivors is critical to healing. It is important for iSanctuary to cultivate ways for the women we serve to heal. Simply providing employment, support, counseling, or education is not enough; it is the community that ties each of these things together and creates a long-term impact.

Forging New Lives

We recognize that while they are ready to move ahead with new chapters in their lives, the young women are still struggling to formulate their identities and learning to relate to others without mistrust, fear, and confusion.

As we develop The Academy, we are exploring ways to purposefully build on our current community by incorporating group belonging and healing into all that we do. The Academy will strengthen the community through intentional focus on rebuilding trust and fostering essential character traits such as integrity and gratitude.

Celebrating Moments

Celebrating Moments

With each birthday that we celebrate, with each English lesson, with each opportunity for the young women to teach and guide each other in work activities, we seek to cultivate community membership, responsibility, and care.

Accomplishment

PURPOSE Jewelry is beautifully handcrafted, providing a young woman rescued from modern-day slavery with a paycheck that she earned.

PURPOSE is much more than just a product; it allows young women to become navigators of life. It is an opportunity to dream of life beyond the Sanctuary. Each young woman learns more than how to craft the latest in fashion jewelry; she learns necessary job skills that are marketable beyond the jewelry trade.

More Than A Trade

More Than A Trade

After a girl is rescued from trafficking, developing skills to earn an income is critical. If a young woman cannot develop skills to become financially independent, the likelihood of re-exploitation is very high. Without financial independence, survivors have limited options to establish sustainable, positive futures after they are rescued.

Bridging The Gap

For survivors, earning income with PURPOSE Jewelry is bridging the gap between rescue and independence.

Yet beyond the product, iSanctuary is creating and facilitating new opportunities for young women to gain professional experience and reinforce their education.

iSanctuary’s new comprehensive program, The Academy, provides young women with a platform to develop other professional skills including office administration, hospitality, inventory management, sales, events, and more. As the young women learn to dream about and articulate their aspirations, The Academy will help them gain the skills needed to make those dreams a reality.

Learning To Trust

Learning To Trust

iSanctuary chooses to stand in the gap and provide young women with financial independence and skills to create the future they choose. The purchase of PURPOSE Jewelry provides a paycheck, and a financial gift to The Academy fashions them to become navigators of life.

Learn more about iSanctuary's new program The Academy and the vision to help young women rescued from human trafficking to regain their lost education.

Co-Authored by: Alyson Emory Holsclaw, Program Development Specialist and Alexis Miller, Development and Fundraising Coordinator