——-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE——
15 March 2014
PROVIDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM Today, at the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, Inc. (FAWCO) Interim Conference in Brussels, Belgium, FAWCO announced Free The Girls as the chosen beneficiary organization of the FAWCO Target Program: Human Rights for Women.
“Financial security provides one of the greatest means for reintegration into society. By offering safe employment opportunities, we can help restore dignity and bring hope to survivors of human trafficking,” commented Johanna Dishongh, FAWCO Target Program Chair.
Free The Girls, a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Denver, CO, is currently working in Mozambique, Uganda and El Salvador assisting trafficking survivors to set up micro-enterprises in the second-hand clothing markets prevalent in developing countries. The women sell bras donated by women and industry partners in North America and Europe. The FAWCO Target Project will create the infrastructure necessary to support the recent move into Uganda and El Salvador, as well planned future expansion of programs to Lesotho and Mexico.
The FAWCO Target Program was initiated to unite the power of almost 12,000 individual members of the 64 FAWCO Member Clubs in 33 countries to make a significant and sustainable impact on critical issues that support the effort to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
FAWCO, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations. The FAWCO Foundation is a full partner in the Target Program and serves as the fundraising body for the Target Project. Both FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation are US 501(c)(3) registered charities.