Agencies partner with Vera Bradley to fight sex trafficking - FOX34 Lubbock

Agencies partner with Vera Bradley to fight sex trafficking

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Human trafficking is a real problem in Texas and around the Lubbock and South Plains area. For human trafficking month several organizations, including One Voice Home, are partnering to tackle the issue.

"There's a lot of times you might take for granted a pillow," said Hillary Cobb, executive director of One Voice Home. "And a pillow, a lot of times, is something our survivor friends haven't had in a long time."

Human trafficking is a growing problem nationwide. And here in Lubbock.

One Voice Home is just one of the organizations in West Texas working to end sex trafficking and provide a home and new beginning for young survivors. 

"They have lived hell on Earth, pretty much," Cobb said. "What that to your heart, but also to your brain is really intense.
"A lot of what happens with trauma is you've got to rewire a lot of those neurons, and so that's why we exist. We exist for them to have individual counseling, group counseling, all of those things to really realign that stuff and to really help their heart heal."
One Voice Home has a new focus, working with 18- to 20-year-olds, who are technically adults but may not be ready to live on their own.
"It's job interview skills. It's life skills. It's finishing their GED, if they need to do that," Cobb explained. "It's conversation skills. It's giving them that ability to face the world  with confidence."
The non-profit also provides items that help survivors feel safe and comfortable as they recover.
"It's these things that a lot of them have been robbed of. The opportunity of having, a lot of them have been robbed of having a childhood, and so it's really reminding them that 'hey, we're here for you and there is joy on the other side of your pain'."
One Voice Home, along with Open Door and Voice of Hope, are partnering with a neighborhood Vera Bradley store. 



Friday the Lubbock City Council, led by Mayor Dan Pope, will kick off the Joining Voices event, which will run through the weekend. Representatives will be in the store at the West End Shopping Center, 2910 West Loop 289 #715, to help customers learn the signs of trafficking and how to report it.  

To report suspected human or sex trafficking, the National Human Trafficking is 1.888.373.7888. Or text 233733. More information is available at its website:
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