mmP image for Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)

A few months ago I photographed Human Rights Watch‘s annual Voices for Justice, a star studded performance at the Broad Stage Theater in Santa Monica, where human rights heros were recognized and honored. One of the honorees was Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of GEMS.
I was instantly drawn to hear more about her work and more so instantly drawn to donating however I can to her mission. When her team contacted me a few weeks later about using one of my images on their site I jumped at the chance, and doors were opened to what I hope will be a growing relationship and empowering support to helping girls across our country (yes, our very own) survive an epidemic of sexual exploitation for a billion dollar trafficking industry.

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been commercially sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

To join their campaign of ‘Girls Are Not For Sale’ please click here.

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