Businesses With Heart : Mighty Good Undies

We’ve been fortunate to partner with some wonderful brands so far this year and we wanted to take some time to highlight some of the incredible brands that make an impact.

We often say that we couldn’t do this work without all of you. It’s true!

We rely on individuals, groups, churches, and businesses-with-heart to step in and join us in this quest for true freedom for trafficking survivors.

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So today, we wanted to take a moment to highlight Mighty Good Undies!

Mighty Good Undies is an Australian brand that has “a vision for a more sustainable, inclusive and fair world”. We love that their passion that goes above and beyond, and we’re so grateful for their heart to support women in their quest for freedom. This month, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and our 3rd Annual National Bra Drive, MGU saw this partnership “as a celebration of how far society has come in terms of women’s empowerment but also as an opportunity to reflect on how much more there is to do”.  With that in mind, MGU wanted to do something generous.

For the month of March and to celebrate and honour International Women’s Day, Mighty Good Undies will be donating one pair of undies for EVERY online order placed

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Free The Girls is delighted to partner with Mighty Good Undies in our fight to provide economic empowerment to women around the globe. This International Day of Women reminds us that we can all join together in this fight. MGU’s model of fair trade, ethically sourced goods aligns perfectly with Free The Girls vision to see a world in which previously enslaved women are leading vibrant, successful integrated lives.
— Pam Gumns, Director of Strategic Partnerships

So now (and through the end of March!) is the perfect time to support survivors while stocking up on your own certified organic, fair-trade underwear!

Thank you so much, Mighty Good Undies!

What is a Bra Really Worth?

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It’s not just about bras...

In our world, a bra is more than just a bra.

In our world, and in the lives of the women we serve, bras = currency.

It’s an incredible thing to think that something so simple - something many of us have sitting in drawers unused for weeks, months (even years?) can turn into a tangible tool for survivors of human trafficking.

Years ago, when our co-founder Dave was working in Mozambique, he got to wondering. “What are formerly trafficked women doing after escaping the oppression of modern day slavery and sexual exploitation?” “What were they being “rescued” to? As we so often say, “True freedom is more than just distance from a trafficker.”

Many of the women who’d escaped were glad to be ‘free”, but didn’t know what to do from there. This is where bras come in. In *Maria’s own words; “Bras equal food for my children.” Watch our newest video below to learn about how something simple becomes extraordinary - even life-changing.



Inspired by *Maria’s own words, we came up with a list to highlight the true currency of a bra when it enters the Free The Girls program.

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The Currency of a Bra

bras = the power of NO

bras = food

bras = education

bras = family reunification

bras = clothing for kids

bras = land

bras = housing

bras = healthcare

bras = trauma informed care

bras = independence

bras = resiliency

bras = planning her own day

bras = fulfilling her dreams

bras = peace of mind

bras = a better night's sleep

bras = women entrepreneurs 

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“Bras are food for my children.”

One thing we love about our model is that anyone and everyone can be involved. It’s so simple! And it’s fulfilling to know you are truly making a difference in the life of a survivor of trafficking!

We have many simple ways to get involved! You can donate a bra or collect them from your co-workers, friends and family! You can host a bra drive or hold a Facebook fundraiser. When you donate bras and bucks, you can be sure that you are helping a woman establish and maintain her own business in the developing world. When you gather others to do the same, your impact is multiplied!

Thanks for reading and staying connected to us! If you’re not already signed up, our newsletter is a great way to stay in-the-know about our programs and new ways to partner with us. As always, please contact us or connect with us on Instagram or Facebook if you have questions or comments!

3rd Annual National Bra Drive

Three years ago, the Senior Supervising Producer of the CNN Freedom Project asked us if we’d like to join a new movement called #MyFreedomDay. My Freedom Day is a day-long student-driven event to raise awareness of modern slavery. Students from all over the world share about what freedom means to them to engage in the conversation about global human trafficking. You can read more about CNN Freedom Project and #MyFreedomDay here.

We loved the idea of coming together with people all over the globe to celebrate and work towards freedom and truly appreciated seeing your posts about what freedom means to you. We even had some of the women in our program share what freedom means to them, and their answers continue to inspire us.

To coincide with My Freedom Day 2019, we’re doing two things this year!

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NATIONAL BRA DRIVE

First thing is the National Drive. The past two years have been really fun and successful, and we’re excited to do it again!

So mark your calendars for March 14th! We’re holding our third Annual National Bra Drive, and we’d love for you to join in. Of course, your Bra Drive doesn’t have to be on March 14th only - anytime in the month of March is just perfect!

Here are a few ways to be a part:

If you’re an individual:

Donate bras and/or host your own Bra Drive! Gather friends and share about human trafficking and Free The Girls. Have everyone bring a new or gently used bra and send them to us. These bras become inventory for the women in our programs to start their own businesses!

If you’re a business owner:

Host an event or Bra Drive for March! We’ve seen some neat ideas for events from businesses like Title Nines’ Fit Tuesday event to smaller local shops hosting a bra-fitting and wine tasting party which supports Free The Girls. If you need some help with ideas, feel free to reach out! Also, we’d love for you to consider becoming a permanent Bra Drop-off Location! You can read more and apply for that here.

If you’re a student:

Put your influence front and center by hosting a Bra Drive within your friend group, dorm, sorority/club or - go big - and make it campus wide! You could host a “Spring Cleaning Event” or a Clothing Swap/Bra Drive which would all provide a tangible source of income for formerly trafficked women. Click below to learn how to host a bra drive or connect with us with any questions you might have!

If you’re ready to host your bra drive and want to get in touch with us about it (or ask any questions) just fill out the form below and we’ll get back with you quickly!

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Also coming up….

FREEDOM NIGHT!

The second thing we’re doing to coincide with #MyFreedomDay is our first ever FREEDOM NIGHT. Churches and faith-groups across the country will be gathering in an evening to celebrate freedom and pray for survivors and the issues around human trafficking. You can learn more and join in here!

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Also, we’ve got some new t-shirts!!

We’d love for you to check them out. They’re for sale for a limited time through a fundraising platform, and we’d love to see some of you wearing them on March 14th! Read about why we’re being brave and bold by reading here. Don’t forget to share and tag us on social media!




Thank you all for supporting FREEDOM!

Introducing FREEDOM NIGHT!

We’re so excited to introduce A new opportunity:

An opportunity to celebrate freedom and share with your community about human trafficking and restoration!

We believe that despite the grave nature of this issue, there is so much freedom to be found. We believe that God made these women to be powerfully free, and we want to help usher in the hope that comes with freedom from human trafficking and the journey of restoration.


#FreedomNight will launch for the first time this year in churches and communities across the U.S. and will coordinate with #MyFreedomDay which is on Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

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We’d love to see this movement spread and we wanted to create some resources for you to use in your own group/church/community to celebrate Freedom Night.

Feel free to share with your church, faith community, or group, and be sure to let us know that you’re joining in! Just fill out the sign-up form below - we’d love to give you a shout-out and celebrate and pray with you!

When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with all of these RESOURCES:

  • Facebook/Instagram posts

  • Powerpoint presentation / Talking points

  • Worship Set List

  • Spotify playlist

  • Prayer Guide (Family-friendly version)

  • Prayer Guide (Student version)

  • Other ideas

  • a brand new Free The Girls video you can share!


p.s. We’re super excited about our brand new video about our Mozambique program, and we’d love for you to show it to your community to get a good picture of the impact of Free The Girls in the lives of survivors! Just fill out your e-mail address below to let us know you’re hosting an event, and we’ll send you the link to the video!

We can’t wait to hear about your Freedom Night!

Be sure to connect with us on instagram and/or facebook and tag us in your posts #freethegirlsbras #FreedomNight

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p.p.s. We’re also super excited about our t-shirt campaign that just went Live! Get your FTG Brave + Bold shirt and wear them to your freedom night event!


LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR FREEDOM NIGHT BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM.

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Valentine's Day Ethical Gift Guide

We believe that LOVE should always be celebrated! And with Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to share some gift ideas with you that help make an impact and spread the love beyond just one day.

As an organization dedicated to changing the effects of human trafficking and exploitation, we value the practice of spending wisely, and with people in mind. The hard truth about sex trafficking and exploitation is that pimps and traffickers target the vulnerable. As freed men and women, we believe it’s our duty to stand up on behalf of the oppressed and make decisions that impact humanity for the good.

One simple way to do that is to be mindful of where we spend our money. Because while we are an organization dedicated to survivors of sex trafficking, we never forget the millions and millions that are trapped in labor trafficking. Every day there are more and more wonderful brands popping up who are dedicated to providing ethical and fair trade goods for purchase. How great it is to realize that how we spend our money can expand to show love and care for the vulnerable.

This Valentine’s Day, if you’re in the market for a gift, we recommend you check out these ethical brands and gifts. You’ll feel twice as good about your purchase- knowing that you’re spreading love in more ways than one!

SOME OF OUR FAVORITE ETHICAL BRANDS…

Mercy House Global exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. We love their Fairtrade Friday subscription boxes! Check them out and surprise your loved one with a gift that keeps on giving.

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Eleventh Candle Co. is a social enterprise in Columbus, Ohio partnering with Legacy to redeem, restore, empower and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation and addiction. A once trafficked woman in Columbus, Ohio is employed while a village in Ethiopia is supported and orphaned children there are welcomed into homes because you purchase our products.

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Thistle Farms is based in Nashville, TN, and is dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. We provide a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support because we believe love is the most powerful force in the world.When you support Thistle Farms, you help women survivors heal.

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Able Brand is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty through providing economic opportunity for women.

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Hon’s Honey : Created and maintained by The Well in Baltimore, Maryland, Hon’s Honey is a social enterprise dedicated to giving dignity and purpose to women survivors of addiction, sex trafficking, generational poverty, and trauma. All products are made by an empowered community of women — each one committed to transforming their lives and embracing the next woman who walks through the door.

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And if you’re looking for something lacey, be sure to check out Elma Lingerie.

Elma has designed a beautiful bralette in which a portion of sales supports to Free The Girls!

Other gift ideas:

Chocolate, coffee, and more…

What are your favorite ethical brands? We’d love to know! Share this post and tag us along with your ideas.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!