Have you ever wondered if one person could really make a difference? We’ve seen it firsthand in our amazing volunteer, Corbin, who helped make our Client Alternative Therapy program possible!
As the spring semester was ending, Corbin, a local rising 11th grader, told us she wanted to spend her summer volunteering in the anti-trafficking movement.
She prioritized finding an organization with a strong track record in the community, that worked collaboratively with other agencies and organizations, and that aligned with her personal beliefs about inclusivity and embracing all victims of human trafficking. She found that UAHT checked all her boxes!
“I decided to volunteer with UAHT because UAHT works with survivors of human trafficking helping them heal and rebuild their lives, and it also focuses on working to prevent the demand for human trafficking on the front end. I like that it works at both ends of the spectrum” – Corbin
Corbin is passionate about promoting mental health.
Wanting to pair her passion with her interest in the anti-trafficking movement, Corbin was excited when we told her about our alternative therapies, like art and journaling, can help victims heal. It was clear this was the perfect opportunity for her!
Wanting to directly impact the lives of those who have experienced human trafficking, Corbin launched a fundraiser to provide art, journaling, and yoga supplies and helped facilitate alternative therapy classes.
She set a goal to raise $5,000 and began calling and emailing people in her life. Within just 4 days, Corbin exceeded her goal!
“In raising the funds to make these workshops possible and participating in them personally, my hope was to have a tangible positive impact on survivors’ lives and learn directly from them about the real-life obstacles they face and needs they have.” – Corbin
But Corbin went above and beyond – not only rallying her friends and providing materials, but also working alongside clients.
Over the summer, Corbin helped facilitate 10 classes that empower clients to think through their trauma, regulate their nervous systems, and dream about their futures. Thanks to Corbin and her supporters, dozens of survivors participated in classes this summer!
“The most meaningful part of the project for me is getting to know the survivors during the workshops. Hearing their personal stories about how hard they are working to rebuild their lives and understanding the magnitude of the challenges they face in doing so has really affected me.” – Corbin
Corbin will carry this experience with her into the future.
This hands-on service-learning experience inspired Corbin to continue fighting for freedom as she grows and enters the world as an adult in the coming year.
“It’s motivated me to want to work hard to find ways to break down the barriers that survivors face and to raise awareness about the truths of this horrible inhumanity that surrounds us here in Houston and all around the world.” – Corbin
Thank you, Corbin!
We are deeply grateful for the incredible time and care Corbin gave to UAHT and to our clients. We simply can’t say thank you enough!
You can make a difference by volunteering with us!
Corbin is one of many volunteers this year who have inspired community members to prevent human trafficking, equipped individuals to respond if they believe someone is being trafficked, and empowered Overcomers to live in freedom!
You too can make meaningful change by volunteering with us! We have various opportunities like:
- Raising awareness online or in person.
- Posting the National Human Trafficking Hotline in local businesses.
- Translating materials into different languages.
- Organizing our client resource room.
If you have any special skills like digital design or can provide legal services or professional development, please us know!
Together, we can end human trafficking.