Give–Mentor–Love Event Benefits Trafficking Victims

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First published in the Sept. 8 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Give-Mentor-Love Foundation (GML) will host its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, in support of L.A. County children rescued from the sex trade and exploitation, and in-crisis youth and young adults.
This year’s event — “IMAGINE… A World of Fear Turned into a World of Wonder!” — will take place in a whimsical and wondrous setting complete with cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, DJ and dancing. The evening will also feature silent and live auctions, a Giving Tree and raffles to support GML’s ongoing efforts.
GML is a layer of the healing process for the victims they serve, partnering with L.A. County Specialized Bureau for Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC), L.A. County Division ZOE International, Learning Works Charter School and CSEC foster group homes. They give immediate and continued support of basic needs and financial assistance; they mentor those rescued and in-crisis to help them rediscover their self-worth; and they love these victims and youth unconditionally so they can move beyond the trauma they have suffered and thrive.
“It takes a village” and GML have a campaign to build a village. L.A. County is one of the nation’s most high intensity areas for sex trafficking of children and young adults. The most desperate need is housing for these CSEC victims between the ages of 18-21 who have aged out of the system and are in need of specialized “extended foster care.”
The trauma experienced at the hands of their exploiters and buyers is devastating, causing a tremendous detrimental impact to their physical, emotional, developmental and psychological well-being. These victims require intensive support and services and the support of their community to help them move towards recovery and healing.
Adela Estrada, CSEC program administrator for L.A. County, explains the importance of securing these facilities: “We are in need of homes in L.A. County that can house these youth so that they have a safe place to live with the consistent guidance and support they need to heal, recover, and learn the skills needed to live independently and as contributing members of society.”
“Please help us support these children by attending or sponsoring our annual fundraiser. Your support could mean the difference between life and death to one of these victims,” said Donna Pierson, founder and chairperson of GML.
For event information, sponsorship opportunities, tickets or to support GML’s efforts and those they serve, visit GiveMentorLove.org.