Hello GivBac Supporters! We hope that 2017 is off to a great start and that this letter finds you happy and healthy! We wanted to touch base to let you know what our goals are for the year.
As we continue our focus on ending human trafficking, GivBac Impact has now partnered with the San Francisco based non-profit, Not For Sale. Dave Batstone and Mark Wexler, founders of Not For Sale have done groundbreaking work in the fight against Human Trafficking. This fall, GivBac was able to attend a Not For Sale Benefit Dinner in San Francisco. There we were able to listen to many supporters and guest speakers, which deepened our call to partner with this organization that not only rescues victims from human trafficking but also gives them opportunities and education outside their existing world.
GivBac Impact is awaiting its non-profit status, but until then, we will continue business as usual. We are pleased to announce our board as follows:
President: Sissi Cruse
Vice President: Marta Tuma
Treasurer: Doris Castillo
Secretary: Kristin Eakin
Advisor: Tamara Koch & John Stippick
Our Goal is to raise $200,000
As we welcome in 2017, GivBac is already gearing up for a fabulous year. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6th for GivBac’s first annual fundraising event. We are planning a fun filled evening in hopes of not only raising $200,000 for Not For Sale’s Thailand project but also bringing awareness of this global epidemic. We will be joined by the Not For Sale Founders who will speak on their efforts around the world. We will also have a keynote speaker, a survivor of human trafficking. Formal invitations will follow in March/April.
Ponder these fact until we meet in May:
- According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
- California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Fransico, and San Diego.
- Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year.
- Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.
- Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
In closing, we would like to humbly thank you for your time and support. We know that your time and money are valuable. Please join us in May for a worthwhile cause, a relaxing evening, and the opportunity to GivBac. Considering the average cost of a slave is $90, every dollar counts that we can raise in ending human trafficking. Please support GivBac by following us on social media. Look for us @givbacimpact on Instagram as well as Twitter and Facebook. You can always find us at www.givbacimpact.com. Visit us and consider a GivBac purchase, 70% of the purchase will go directly to the fight against human trafficking. Or simply click the donate button.
Thank you again and Happy 2017 to you and your loved ones!
Sissi Cruse and The GivBac Team