OUR STORY

 

Vindicate the weak and fatherless; 

Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.  

Rescue the weak and needy; 

Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:3-4

 

Our mission at Trafficking Hope is to eradicate sex trafficking across the nation while helping empower local churches and organizations in their own city and state. 

2007: It's NOT Okay

Trafficking Hope Campaign was launched in 2007 as an anti-trafficking campaign of public charity, Kingdom Builders U.S., Inc.

Lee and his wife, Laura, founders of Trafficking Hope, traveled with friends to Europe on a human trafficking reconnaissance trip in 2007. The team was looking to start a safe house to help a country's sex trade victims. The Domingue’s were greatly moved by the atrocities they witnessed and were inspired to help European girls trapped in modern day slavery. However, months after returning to the US, they discovered that human trafficking was also a problem in our own backyard. This realization spurred them to promptly launch the Trafficking Hope Campaign. When asked, “Why are you and Lee giving so much of your time and resources to this?” Laura responded, “Once you see what's happening, it becomes impossible to stand idly by. Our heart is to provide HOPE for one life at a time.”  

2008 to 2011: Awareness is Key

Our first goal was to raise public awareness and educate residents of Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana. We achieved these goals by investing in billboard campaigns, radio announcements, TV interviews, documentary screenings and community awareness events.  However, the greatest need in the fight against trafficking in our state was housing for trafficking victims. 

2012: Housing Need

In response to the need for housing victims of human trafficking, our founders, Lee and Laura led the purchase of a 32-acre site in April 2012 that would be used to provide the first 24-hour restoration facility in Louisiana. Extensive renovations began, and by September 2013, Hope House U.S. accepted its first resident. 

2013: C.A.R.E.S. Initiative 

By the end of 2013,  Trafficking Hope launched the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative (COALITION, AWARENESS, RESCUE, EDUCATION, SERVICES). For more information on C.A.R.E.S. please click here.  This initiative helps local church and non profit organizations to combat trafficking in their own communities.  Businesses, churches, individuals, and NGO’s unite to say: “Its Not OKAY!”

2014: Growth & Further Expansion

The growth of this anti-trafficking campaign necessitated the creation of Trafficking Hope national campaign to reach the U.S. communities. We are also expanding our reach into sub-Saharan Africa by supporting Children's Cup I am Not Forgotten Homes in Swaziland. For more information about our partnership with Children’s Cup, please click here.  

November 2014, Trafficking Hope announces expansion of the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative into Texas and Alabama as part of a long term strategy to end human trafficking in our nation.

2015: Addressing Demand, Church Partnerships and Serve Days

January 2015, Trafficking Hope hosted our first statewide awareness event at Church of the Highlands.

February 2015, Responding to the demand.  We are addressing the demand side of sex trafficking with the launching our new men's initiative, the Gentlemen's Club.  We want to REDEEM what it means to be gentlemen.   When you think about it, men are the problem and have to become engaged if we are ever to reduce and end modern day slavery.  Check out our "For Men Only" section in our website and take the Gents Club pledge!

June 2015, Trafficking Hope announces national office based in Birmingham, Alabama.  This positions us on a national level to better support local churches and organizations fight modern day slavery in their own communities through the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative.

July 2015, Being a part of the Church of the Highlands ServeDay15 outreach project reached over 4,500 people with public awareness and education.  Over 2,000 people expressed interest in taking the next step to learning more about human trafficking and how they can make a difference.

September 2015, Trafficking Hope along with Church of the Highlands announce the C.A.R.E.S. Small Group 10-12 week curriculum.  This comprehensive small group study is Step 1 in equipping and empowering local churches with the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative to end human trafficking in their own backyards.

2016: Challenges, Opportunities, Hope Continues...

July 2016, Trafficking Hope was honored to be teaming up with Church of the Highlands for this year's ServeDay16.  We served cities thru out Alabama like Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Auburn passing our #itsnotOKAY bracelets and information to local communities helping being awareness that human trafficking is happening in our own state.  Awareness and Education is key to end human trafficking in Alabama.  Every person can "do" something!

August 2016, The Great Louisiana Flood destroyed our partner care facility known as Hope House.  The residents were safely placed in other restoration homes.  The daunting task of cleanup, assessment, fundraising, looking at rebuilding options begins.

December 2016, Trafficking Hope and Church of the Highlands partner with The Wellhouse to provide 24 hour victim care and services to women who have been trafficked in the US.  The Wellhouse will provide the Services part of our C.A.R.E.S. Initiative. This relationship with The Wellhouse comes at an critical time as the Hope House facility may not be able to reopen due to the catastrophic flood damage and the extensive cost to rebuild it.

2017: C.A.R.E.S. Small Group Portal

January 2017, Trafficking Hope releases its new C.A.R.E.S. Small Group Portal for designed specifically for church small groups.  This interactive portal provides great online resources including the C.A.R.E.S. 101 and Gentlemen's Club "Redeeming Men" curriculums as well as helpful tools to empower people to make a difference in their community.