Jamie was physically, sexually, verbally and emotionally abused by her trafficker for more than a decade. She was forced into prostitution and drug addiction but eventually was able to escape. When she was referred to FAIR Girls, she was underweight, covered in bruises, battling addiction and suffering from untreated bipolar disorder and severe depression. The FAIR Girls team worked with Jamie to rebuild her life. She stayed at the Vida Home and was provided necessities such as food and clothing, as well as mental health services, legal advice, and support finding permanent housing, furniture, and a job. Jamie has maintained her sobriety, moved to stable and independent housing, and is working toward reconnecting with her children.
“I was heartbroken and discouraged, but through working with my case manager, I found my personal motivation and inner strength.”
Brandy was first trafficked at the age of 16. She was trafficked consecutively for the next 10 years in Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Growing up, Brandy experienced repeated childhood sexual abuse and physical and emotional neglect at the hands of her drug-addicted caretakers. Her basic needs often went unmet. When she needed money to survive, her trafficker played on her vulnerabilities. Brandy came to FAIR Girls after what felt like a lifetime of abuse. She stayed at FAIR Girls’ Vida Home for the full 90 days and actively engaged in her own healing by accessing the wrap-around services offered to her through FAIR Girls partners, including legal services, medical treatment for conditions caused by years of abuse, transitional housing programs, clothing support for work clothes, and support for obtaining scholarships. She is working with her new lawyers to get her criminal record expunged. Her health continues to improve as she has finally been able to access the medical treatment she needs. With support from her FAIR Girls case manager, Brandy obtained a job as a customer support specialist and was able to find her own apartment that she can afford. After earning a scholarship and working hard to complete her certification program, Brandy is getting ready to graduate and will begin her career as a nursing assistant. With the support FAIR Girls offered, coupled with her courage, determination, and perseverance, Brandy is now not only surviving, but thriving.
“I am starting my first real job this week. I was a cashier, now I am working as a customer associate specialist, and soon I’ll be working as a certified nursing assistant. I want to help other survivors know that they can do other jobs too and have a new life. I’ve always been on my own, but now I have support and I am taking advantage of every opportunity given to me so I can have a different life. I’m not on my own anymore.”
-Brandy, May, 2019