BENEFITING: GIRLS EDUCATIONAL AND MENTORING SERVICES INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
On November 1st, 2015 I will participate in my first marathon taking approximately 46,000 steps during my 26.2 mile journey through the five boroughs. I have decided to make each and every step count by partnering with GEMS, an organization serving girls & young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation & domestic trafficking. As a resident of New York City, this New York-based organization hits home for me. New York is one of the top four states in the United States for human trafficking (California, Texas and Florida are the others). New York, and specifically New York City, has been identified as a hub for human trafficking. New York was the first state to pass a safe harbor law in 2008, ensuring that children are not charged for involvement in prostitution. New York’s legal framework around human trafficking has received the Polaris Project’s highest rating since the group first started ranking states in 2011. New York recently became the first state to have a system of courts dedicated to human trafficking.
Though society has steadily become more aware of the seriousness of human trafficking, it is still a surprise to many of us just how close to home these crimes are occurring. My hope is that my efforts in partnering with GEMS for the NYC Marathon will not only help to positively affect the social climate regarding human trafficking, but that the 46,000 steps I take will equal one significant step towards protecting and empowering a multitude of girls and women.
I invite you to take a step with me and support GEMS and their honorable efforts by making a donation today. Here are a few benchmarks for consideration:
$25 offsets transportation for a GEMS member to and from school for a week.
$50 covers the application fee for a GEMS member to apply to college.
$100 provides school supplies for a GEMS member in the GEMS Educational Initiative Program.
$250 offsets a semester of books for a GEMS member in college.
$500 offsets the cost of supplies for GEMS Youth Development groups (cooking, creative arts, yoga, etc.).
Thank you for your time, consideration, love and support.
Leeann (LeeLee) Brzozowski
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"She is clothed in strength and dignity. She laughs without fear of the future." - (Proverbs 31:25)