Help Human Trafficking Survivor Finish School
Organized by: Shamere McKenzie
Shamere tells the inspiring story of a woman who was able to survive a fate that is all too prevalent in the United States - human trafficking. The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:
A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”
In 2005, she met her traffickier while trying to find a way to pay her college tuition. He seemed like a nice guy, and he promised her could help her. That help she received force her to be his slave for 18 months. 18 months of what she described as severe torture where she was exploited by a pimp, severely beaten, raped, sodomized and physchologically abused.
She managed to escape and received trauma informed services where she could begin her restoration process. In addition, she has committed her life to fighting to end human trafficking in America. Over the last three years, she has used her experience to advise on policy, train various professionals including law enforcement, and mentored numerous sex trafficking survivors.
It is Shamere's goal to go to law school so she can become a prosecutor, prosecuting the perpetrators of this horrendous crime that is plaguing our nation - human trafficking. The first step for her to fulfill this dream is to complete her undergraduate degree and she only has one year left. However, she needs YOUR help.
Shamere will serve as an example and inspiration to other survivors of human trafficking that they too can pick up the broken pieces and go confidently after their dreams. She has already been an inspiration to other survivors by taking on the role as the Chief Executive Officer of a new organization - Sun Gate Foundation - that will be providing educational opportunities to survivors of human trafficking. As the CEO she is precluded from recieving any of Sun Gate Foundation funds and thus need to raise her own money for her own education espicially since this is currently an unpaid position.
After scholarships, financial aid and loans Shamere sill nees $16,750 to complete her final year for undergrad.
Education is very important in the restoration process for survivors and Shamere knows this and has taken the initiative to continue her education not just for herself but so that she can continue to help others.