"When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted...we deteriorate as a civilized community. I am living proof that we must leave a positive legacy."
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 09, 2019
Human trafficking survivor, Andi Buerger, the founder of Beulah's Place, and an international speaker is sitting down with leaders in Washington, D.C. in February during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss the non-partisan human issue of human trafficking. Buerger stated, "In the wake of the President’s bill signing for anti-human trafficking legislation, with or without a wall, the issue is protection and safeguarding of human rights across the board for every child and adult."
Buerger continued..."Criminals have the upper hand because they can abduct children freely, create false documents, and intimidate victims into non-disclosure. When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted, neglected, discarded, and preyed upon by criminal influences, we deteriorate as a civilized community because there is nothing civilized about using the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable for selfish gain."
She was violated at the age of six months to seventeen years old, by all immediate family members and assorted others during that period. Today, the term is trafficking, but back then there was no place to run for help or safety. Her desire for justice led to law school, but she realized justice is less about law and more about action. In 2008, she co-founded Beulah’s Place to help at-risk homeless teens who have been victimized and discarded to die on the streets. Her primary focus and education tool is to engage these street teens and the daily work with law enforcement and the District Attorney's offices to better assess and serve vulnerable youth.
Buerger concluded..."Sadly, the general public is only getting one piece of the wall puzzle. It is not about bricks and mortar. It is about an entire system of protection and safeguarding of human rights - not political agenda. The collaborative impact of cameras, sensors, border patrol, any material wall, and all the other pieces that safeguard the lives of those on both sides is huge. While there is an outcry over bricks and mortar management of an incestuous process, where is the outcry for those children abducted from their beds, their schools, their families? Where is the outcry that criminals using America's political quarrel over a wall are having a field day at the expense of their victims?"
Andi Buerger is speaking nationwide to universities, women's clubs, government agencies, and members of Congress. Her message will also be featured nationwide for winter 2019 and spring 2019. To schedule booking events with Andi Buerger, please email hello(at)edengordonmedia.com.
About Andi Buerger:
Andi Buerger is an international speaker, corporate trainer, educator (junior/senior high; college), business owner, writer, media talent, public relations and marketing consultant, nonprofit executive, and community ambassador. Born in Inglewood, CA, Andi graduated Marywood High School in 1980. She then received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with minors in communications and economics from Loyola Marymount University in 1983. In 1988, she completed her law degree from Western State University College of Law.
Extraordinary opportunities presented themselves to Andi early on because of her passion for serving others and her expert skill sets in communication, public relations, network marketing, business, and administration. From a finalist in the Miss America Teenage Pageant Orange County to the Special Task Force Team Vice Presidential Visit and grassroots congressional campaign manager (Orange County), Andi has had a variety of career paths spanning forty plus years. This includes being an audio voice talent, broadcast personality, actress (briefly!), and corporate video talent.
Andi’s work ethic earned favor early on with CEO’s of such Fortune 500 companies as ABC Worldwide Video Distribution, Multnomah Publishers (where she was a Senior Publicist for authors such as Thomas Kinkade, Russell Cronkhite, Randy Alcorn, and Kim Meeder), TDM/McGraw-Hill, New Vision International, Disneyland Resort and Hotel (Anaheim, CA), Eagle Crest Resorts/JELD-WEN, and more. Andi has engaged in community leadership to promote better living for those less fortunate and fundraising for organizations helping individuals with specific needs. These entities include Habitat for Humanity (Board Member), United Way, Childhelp USA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, Soroptimists International, Stonecroft Ministries International, Special Olympics, and multiple Chamber of Commerce (Board Member).
Currently, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Beulah’s Place, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing temporary shelter services to at-risk homeless teen boys and girls, Andi is in the process of locating a permanent facility in which to rescue and house more at-risk teens. She and her husband, Ed, have been married for 17 years. They live with their very spoiled golden retriever, Dusti, in beautiful Central Oregon. Andi and her husband are involved in church activities and enjoy traveling to Andi’s speaking engagements and other places of interest as often as possible.