International Crisis Aid Working to Implement the First US Safe Home for Sex Trafficking in St. Louis, MO

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International Crisis Aid, (http://www.crisisaid.org), has been rescuing young victims of sex trafficking by operating multiple Safe Homes around the world providing holistic care to young victims. ICA has rescued more than 145 girls, ages 4 to 25 years old, through the Safe Homes since December 2006. In 2010, ICA opened a Vocational Training Center for victims which has provided counseling and vocational training to an additional 100 girls to help them get out of the red light district where they are currently forced to sell their bodies daily. ICA will now be implementing their first U.S. Safe Home in St. Louis, Missouri soon.

“I’ve been through war zones & refugee camps. Seen orphans, widows, sickness & disease. But nothing grasps my heart like the face of a young girl that has been held captive by sex trafficking. And it happens right here, in our own backyard."

After meeting with federal law enforcement and learning more than 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked into sex slavery (US Dept. of Justice), ICA decided to open homes in the U.S. for young American girls rescued from the horrors of sex trafficking. ICA has worked the past few years to build relationships with local and national law enforcement, other state departments, and service providers to develop the best plan of action for the U.S. Safe Campaign. Most of the program elements are in place and now ICA is raising the remaining balance for the operational budget before the home can open. The Safe Campaign is just one program of International Crisis Aid.

ICA President and Founder, Pat Bradley said, “I’ve been through war zones & refugee camps. Seen orphans, widows, sickness & disease. But nothing grasps my heart like the face of a young girl that has been held captive by sex trafficking. And it happens right here, in our own backyard. Partnering with the NALA and their local business partners brings awareness of these horrors and provides opportunities for people to respond. We are grateful to be featured by the NALA.”

The NALA (http://www.theNALA.com), a small business association, is partnering with this non-profit entity, International Crisis Aid (https://www.crisisaid.org/nala.html) and their members, The NALA’s businesses to help bring awareness to ICA’s ongoing efforts to rescue young victims of sex trafficking here in the United States.

About THE NALA™
The NALA (National Association of Local Advertisers), a small business association, provides assistance for local businesses by bridging old line advertising to marketing, using the online world of banner ads, email campaigns, video and mobile text advertising while offering member benefits, health discounts, and a charity program. The NALA has created a strong emphasis on partnering with charities, by giving their members the ability to participate in non-profit drives all year.

About ICA
International Crisis Aid is a St. Louis, MO based international relief and development organization implementing long-term community development models in addition to providing emergency relief and support. ICA core programs include: nutritional feeding programs, medical care, orphan care, water wells and safe homes for victims of sex trafficking in Ethiopia. ICA is also working on opening Safe Homes in the U.S. for American victims.

NALA Contact: Tiffani Tendell
press(at)roseadvertising(dot)net
805.650.6121
the NALA Charity Program

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