Fact: There are more slaves today than at the height of the trans-atlantic slave trade.
Ok, ok. So we understand that slavery is bad. And it’s huge. And it’s more prevalent than we even want to admit. But the truth is it feels so distant most of the time as we go about our days and our work and the endless list of to-do items stored in the back of our minds. But when we get home at the end of the day, what do we do with the question—what about these underprivileged and exploited women?
The truth is, it’s not just a international issue. It’s not just a distant, far-off problem. It’s actually right around the corner and there are people doing great things to provide effective, whole person aftercare for survivors of commercial exploitation—right here in Boston. This is wonderful news. These are our neighbors. One of the driving forces behind our decision to run a marathon was to have a platform on which to rally support for this great cause. We are going to dedicate our bodies to 26.2 miles of running in honor of the women whose bodies were not their own. My hope and expectation is that Amirah will give these women a real fighting chance at a new life. In addition to their safe house in Boston, they recently teamed up with Victory Programs in Boston and plan to expand their role out in the community. They are working hard to find exploited women where they are at and offer them redemptive care. You can read more about their work at www.amirahboston.org.
I’m asking you to team up with us. Help support Amirah in dedication to provide long-term, whole-person care for those who, through being enslaved, have had their sense of value and identity twisted and stripped away.