On April 9, 2017, Connecther board members Dr. Meena Vendal and Gretchen Canter present a $15,000 grant to Brooke Axtell of She is Rising.
Brooke Axtell is a renowned human rights activist, writer, and speaker. After her own experience overcoming rape, abuse and sex trafficking, she has dedicated her life to helping other women and girls find healing and freedom from violence. Her work to empower women and girls has been featured in media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Al Jazeera and CNN. Brooke has given powerful speeches at the The 2015 Grammy Awards, The United Nations, U.S. Institute for Peace and in Bangkok, Thailand for members of parliament from across Southeast Asia. You can read more about Brooke's story here:
She is Rising serves survivors of sex trafficking through inspiring leadership programs, mentoring, referrals and retreats. Survivors' voices should be heard, and through these programs, these survivors are making change. With Texas as the U.S. state with the highest rates of child sex trafficking, She is Rising released a petition to create legislation in Texas that would require that all hotel employees be trained to recognize the signs of human trafficking. The legislation would also require the National Human Trafficking Hotline be made visible in every hotel across the State. She is Rising has collected over 76,000 signatures for the bill. It will help identify more victims, stop the cycle of exploitation, and connect individuals with the help they need.
Join the global movement to empower survivors at sheisrising.org