Helping survivors of human trafficking clear their records, raising awareness, reducing vulnerability and recidivism, and providing a safe haven for recovery is what sets the foundation and drives the vision for ANEW Life International.
We partner with attorneys, law enforcement, legislators, other local and national organizations, local businesses, as well as people like you to help those who want to get out of "the life" find safety, genuine love and truly get a second chance.
I was introduced to the idea of human trafficking about 10 years ago but didn't really think it was a "thing". I had worked a bit with domestic violence, but thought "trafficking" was more of a 3rd world issue. I had no idea how wrong I was and at the time, was focused on working with the homeless and leading worship for my church.
We all have a story, right? I wasn't trafficked, but I experienced abuse as a kid growing up and then again in college. Over the years, I've worked with the homeless, youth and women's groups and served on several mission trips, teaching mostly women and children how to establish boundaries and discover and embrace their true beauty, identity, value, and the purpose God intended for each one of them.
After hearing a presentation on human trafficking at my son's church about six years ago, I decided to volunteer with a Superbowl anti-trafficking task force. For the next five years it became my annual outreach, but nothing more. Then the switch flipped. It was during this last Superbowl in Atlanta that I realized just how great the need was for survivors to have their "past" (especially criminal histories) cleared in order to truly get a fresh start in life.
It all made sense. In one huge brain explosion, 20+ years of background screening experience meets consumer advocacy meets survivors...and VOILA!
ANEW Life International, Inc was conceived.
We also saw a desperate need for more safe houses and wrap-around services, so that will be addressed in a later phase of ANEW's vision.
Helping survivors clear their records, raising awareness and reducing vulnerability and recidivism has become my passion, my cry and my life-work. At almost 56, I found my thing.
It's amazing when I look back and see how everything I've experienced and done in my past has prepared, equipped and led me to this...being a voice. A voice for those coming out of "the life" of human trafficking, a true testament of "All things work together for good..." (Romans 8:28) and "Life is always working for you" (David Bayer).
So now what?
This is where you come in. And GREAT NEWS! You can help without spending a penny.
How, you ask?
You can help reduce vulnerability by simply spending time, talking with, praying for, unconditionally valuing, and loving on your kids, grand-kids and the people (especially children) in your life. DON'T give out personal information to online "friends" you (or they've) never met, check out the companies you're trusting your kids to, and call your local human trafficking hotline if you suspect something or if you or someone you know needs help.
Your taking action is CRITICAL - right now.
How else can you help?
"Just say no", and don't turn a blind eye. Don't assume those in "the oldest" profession are there by choice. Most of them aren't. Report child pornography or anything suspicious to the authorities.
To report suspected human trafficking, call 800-96-ABUSE (children).
Do YOU need help?
If it's an emergency, PLEASE CALL 911!
You can also visit our "Resource Page" for an ever growing list of local hotlines or call us directly and we will connect you to folks who can help. 84-HOPE-ANEW
Everyone has a "thing" or passion...
homelessness, domestic violence, the elderly, the unborn, missions, animals, our earth, etc. If fighting human trafficking is your thing, or maybe you had no idea about it and it's tugging at your heart to know more, please reach out! There are so many ways to get involved.
Remember: The U.S.A. is 3rd in the world, and Florida is #3 in the nation for human trafficking (please note that this is a very under-reported crime, so I truly believe it ranks higher).
Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, second only to illegal drug sales.
It's time to take action.
Will you join me?
Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration of being a part of the solution.
Together we can truly make a difference.
Much love! 💕
Kym Kurey, Founder
They Need You...
The time for action is NOW. Survivors need a clean slate to start again.
They are victims, and their convictions were not deserved.
Every child that uses social media, a mobile app or an online video game is potentially being targeted and monitored for vulnerability. Children in the social services system, runaways and the homeless are being targeted. AWARENESS is the first step. Talk to your kids; know what they're doing on their phones and the internet, and let them know they are deeply loved and valued.
YOU CAN HELP save a life and truly make a way for a survivor's fresh start. Please give as you can through prayer, volunteering and/or financial support. For less than $5.00 a day, we can start the process and make a difference together. Whether it's a one-time gift or monthly support, please consider donating today.
THANK YOU in advance!