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Stop the trafficking of Women & Children in Tijuana

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Annual Update Report
July 08, 2016

 Hi Everyone, I thought I would send you all an update on the Women’s and Children shelter that, thanks to your support, has opened in Tijuana,  See more

BENEFITING: The Salvation Army

Alex Zikakis

THE STORY:

I started working with the Salvation Army's men's shelter in Tijuana about 10 years ago and have seen first-hand the difference they make in the lives of these men. However, there is no longer any shelter that will take in women and children, and there are thousands of women and children being deported into Tijuana from the US every year.

So together we are starting a new shelter that is going to focus on getting the women and children that are deported from the US off the streets - hopefully the first day they arrive. Last year the US deported over 15,000 children from the US into Mexico. Most of these children came across the border with only their mother or without either parent. Tijuana has become the main deportation location for the US government handling one-third of all deportations from the US into Mexico. And many of those being deported into Tijuana have absolutely no connection to the city – no family, no friends and no one to turn to for help.

For a majority of those deported, Tijuana is not their hometown and is as foreign to them as it is to most Americans. This process of deportation provides no sort of safety net or social welfare program for any deportees. Sadly, once deported, many of the women and children are vulnerable to kidnapping, violence or being forced into the international sex trade.

This new shelter will provide the much needed care for these women and children as they piece their lives back together, and most importantly work with them to reconnect them to family and friends and provide resources and transportation assistance within a safe environment.

We've already secured a facility in Tijuana and have a proven model program in place from years of experience with the men's shelter. The operating budget is estimated to cost $100,000 per year and your donations would assist in the annual operating costs of this shelter. After an incredibly successful Crowdrise campaign in which I swam the 16 mile Napali coast to raise the $35,000 startup costs, we need additional help to help support and sustain the shelter. The International headquarters of the Salvation Army is looking at this shelter as a model for future Women and Children centers to be located at other boarder cities. We've got the backing of a major donor but we need more financial help.

This project has been created with the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is an international aid organization that is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.

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$42,610

MONEY RAISED
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  • Stuart and LeeAnne Richter

    $250

  • Heather Mutterperl

    $100

  • Richard and Donna Lebert

    $100

  • John Hoffmann

    $250

  • Stream Realty Partners

    $100

  • Hirsch Pipe & Supply Co., Inc.

    $250

  • Caldwell Land Solutions

    $100

  • Sandra Stewart

    $50

  • The Bruni Family

    $500

  • David Loo

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bruce Schiff/Phil Lyons

    $250

  • Province West

    $200

  • Cal and Tricia DeSouza

    $100

  • Joe DeMartino

    $100

  • Tom Doyle - WDLand

    $200

  • Grindle

    $100

  • Steve Rosetta

    $500

  • Mick Farrell

    $1,000

  • Jonathan & Bryanna Kallman

    $500

  • Brad and Cindy Settleman

    $250

  • Mark & Tambra Wayne

    $100

  • Hayden Family

    $50

  • John and Janet McCulley

    $500

  • Mama

    $1,000

  • Michele Prosser

    $500

  • Vince & Lil

    $250

  • Ure Kretowicz

    $250

  • Michael Fay - Colliers International South Florida

    $100

  • Stuart and Belinda Chelin

    $100

  • The Wolfson Law Firm

    $100

  • Lisa Chambers

    $100

  • Ken Kraemer

    $100

  • Brent Bohlken

    $100

  • Tom & Joanne Heaviland

    $250

  • Don & Lorri Benson

    $50

  • Steve and Barbara Connelly

    $250

  • Michael L. Brekka

    $200

  • Robby Brownfield

    $25

  • DPinnegar

    $100

  • Mike Changaris

    $250

  • Steve & Deb Bryan

    $50

  • Brian Mulvaney

    $100

  • Dennis & Julie Visser

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • David Neault

    $100

  • Matt Wyman & friends at Cox Castle Nicholson

    $200

  • Barclay and Jeanie Jones

     

  • Merrifield Family

     

  • Mike McPhee

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Austin, Liza, Vivian and James

    $50

  • R. Rosario

     

  • Directed Capital

    $1,000

  • The Hardy Family

    $50

  • Sherm Miller

    $250

  • Dan Broderick

    $100

  • Lynn Kallgren

    $100

  • The Amano Ohana

    $125

  • Cruzan

    $100

  • Jim Correll

    $100

  • Jim & Sindie Sardo

    $100

  • Chris Schoeneck

    $20

  • The Lehrer Family

    $485

  • Kowieski Family

    $50

  • Katy Dwyer & Mike Hoslar

    $50

  • Eugene & Katie Chen

    $100

  • shawn rosenthal

    $100

  • Ceci Doty

    $100

  • Milo and Floyd

    $100

  • Jim Laverty

    $100

  • Mark & LaLa

    $500

  • Spira family

    $400

  • Steve Hyman and Westmount Properties

    $2,000

  • Lisa Rustin

    $100

  • jesse sharf

    $500

  • Pat Valentino and VLP Law Group LLP

    $100

  • Mike Richardson

    $100

  • Sara and Rob Butchenhart

    $25

  • Richard Gollis

    $100

  • Ann Moore

    $200

  • Peter Fioretti

    $1,000

  • Mark Mayer

    $100

  • Erik Christianson

    $100

  • Richard Pink

    $250

  • Chicago Title Company

    $500

  • The Brailean Family

    $1,000

  • Tom and Megan Robbins

    $500

  • Daniel Conway

    $50

  • AEW Capital Management

    $1,000

  • Lazo Ohana

    $500

  • Tom & Linda Goodwin

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Judith Knowles

    $250

  • DAVID S BROWN

    $100

  • Derek & Mary Ann Eisele

    $300

  • Chris Tresse

    $250

  • Regnery Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jim Berry

    $250

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85% Raised of $50,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jim Berry

Jim Berry

DONATION: $250

Alex, what a great cause! 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Regnery Family

Regnery Family

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Chris Tresse

Chris Tresse

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Derek & Mary Ann Eisele

Derek & Mary Ann Eisele

DONATION: $300

1 year ago

DAVID S BROWN

DAVID S BROWN

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Judith Knowles

Judith Knowles

DONATION: $250

Very good cause, Alex. 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Tom & Linda Goodwin

Tom & Linda Goodwin

DONATION: $200

Alex: Thanks for the update and your efforts with this critical program. 1 year ago

Lazo Ohana

Lazo Ohana

DONATION: $500

1 year ago