10 Years of Work: Fighting Trafficking, Rescuing Girls, Restoring Dignity

There is nothing more poignant than the moment you feel the call on your heart to move into action.

This is exactly what happened to create the birth of Free for Life International! In 2006, Colette Bercu’s heart was broken after watching a 60 Minutes special on victims of human trafficking in Romania. She took her strong feelings of compassion and put them into action, founding Free for Life International. Her heart was to help anti-trafficking organizations with resources to better be able to do the amazing and important work of rescue and restoration.

In the last ten years, a lot has happened and most importantly, hundreds of lives have been saved and changed!

Free for Life originated it’s efforts in Romania, at the time we partnered with the only organization in that country with a private shelter for trafficking victims. This was only the beginning of our history of partnerships; we’ve worked domestically with The Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Coalition in Tennessee, “En Accion” (the first Hispanic division to work with Hispanic trafficking victims in Nashville), and with a private safe home in Nicaragua, through Nicoya and Friends organization.

In 2007 we began our most successful partnership thus far with Peace Rehabilitation Center (PRC). PRC is an incredible Nepalese organization that has been around for over 20 years and has impacted the lives of thousands of girls! Through this partnership not only have lives been saved but also an international family has been established. Colette Bercu and Shanta Sapkota have created a loving environment and absolutely beautiful friendship that flows into both the PRC and Free For Life team!

This partnership has truly seen beautiful success stories, here are just a few examples!

In 2011 Free for Life awarded 5 scholarships, rescued 72 girls, arrested 6 traffickers, and counseled 2,600 about the dangers of trafficking in Nepal.

In 2012 Free for Life, along with PRC in Nepal, opened the very first border monitoring station in Nepalese history on the Nepal / Tibet border.

In 2015 Free for Life, in partnership with PRC, rescued 123 girls from slavery and counseled over 1700 within the Nepalese community on the dangers of trafficking.

As of now in 2016 we (with PRC) have rescued 827 girls, arrested 73 traffickers, and have awarded 69 scholarships.

To see our full TEN YEAR history click here.

NONE OF THIS SUCCESS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP.

We ask that today, right now, you would consider contributing to seeing lives changed and restored. To help bring freedom to those desperately enslaved in the terror of human trafficking please donate here!

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Sarah Weeks
Sarah Weeks is the Art and Media Coordinator for Free for Life. Her heart has always been passionate about seeing social justice and equality for all people, which has led her to working with anti-human trafficking NGO's for the last 5 years in various asian countries. Sarah firmly believes with coffee in her hand, Beyonce' in her ears, and determination in her soul she can see a difference in the lives of human trafficking victims. View more posts by Sarah.