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Celebrating The Power Of Community

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Without You We Couldn't Accomplish All That We Do! We kicked off October celebrating the "Power of Community" at our Autumn Benefit! GEMS was created to serve and empower girls and young women and to change the perception of commercially sexually exploited youth. And we wanted to do all of that with survivors leading the way. It seemed like an impossible goal, but we've accomplished all of that and more! Here are some highlights from the past few months!


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GEMS’ Spring 2013 Newsletter

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

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Dear Friend,

March was a very busy month for us, with trainings and dedicated advocacy work. Our girls were up

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GEMS’ October Newsletter

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Dear Friend, With fall here and everyone headed back to school, we are celebrating the educational achievements of our girls and young women! At our recent Educational Initiative award ceremony, we recognized 17 new members in the program, 4 graduates from the pilot program GED for MOMS, and three high school & GED graduates! Two members completed the New York State Certified Nurse-Aid Training, one member earned a Security Guard Certificate, and 15 members successfully completed the spring 2012 semester. We also awarded five scholarships, generously funded by V-Day. I am so proud of each one of our girls and young women who are making significant strides toward their educational and career goals!

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GEMS’ June Newsletter

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Dear Friend, Thanks to everyone who came out for our bowling event last night to kick off End CSEC Week! We hope you'll join us at events planned throughout the week, and in Central Park this Saturday, June 16, for our seventh annual End CSEC Day to help raise awareness about CSEC and domestic trafficking! This year's theme is "More Than a Survivor," and the posters, poems, and materials that our members are creating are incredibly inspiring. Also, be sure to come out for a conversation with Ted Bunch from A Call to Men and me this Thursday! The conversation will be on men's role in the fight to end CSEC. Afterward, pick up a signed copy of Girls Like Us to give to a man in your life this Father's Day! We are also busy at work on a number of exciting initiatives. We are thrilled to have received a generous grant from the New York State Health Foundation to fund a two-year project to provide training and technical assistance to New York City emergency department personnel. The project will identify CSEC victims and connect them with services during critical points of contact with medical professionals. Stay tuned for more information about this important initiative!


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Even if You Only Have One Minute, One Hour, or One Day . . .

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Dear Friends, Greetings from GEMS! As we head into the fall season, I'm happy to report that we've made a critical partnership with Free the Slaves, mtvU, and Polaris Project for the "Against Our Will" campaign. I worked closely with them on a PSA on johns that captures the reality of the life in just 60 seconds. I hope you will check out this video--and the several other videos and resources--and circulate this campaign info widely. The campaign shows that even if you only have one minute, one hour, or one day, you can make a real difference in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking! On the home front, I am thrilled to tell you that our Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Tiffany Rivera . . .


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Newsletter: Victim, Survivor, Leader

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Dear Friend, Exciting things are happening this summer! First off, GEMS has premiered a new and entirely survivor-written Victim, Survivor, Leader training curriculum. We've been highlighting the great work that direct service providers can provide to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, and the trainings have been going really well. I feel incredibly proud to be co-facilitating a totally survivor-written curriculum about our Victim, Survivor, Leader model with two incredible survivor leaders. Last month, we celebrated the achievements of GEMS members who are participating in our Educational Initiative program. It was such a moving night, and I'm so proud of all of our girls who are furthering their education. . . .

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Newsletter: Major Strides and Calls to Action

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Dear Friend, Summer is almost finally here! I had an amazing time in L.A. reading from Girls Like Us with Annette Bening, Minnie Driver, and Taraji P. Henson for Human Rights Watch--talk about a pinch-myself moment!--but I've got to say it's good to be back home with the GEMS team. Allies in the anti-trafficking movement have made major strides in bills and laws across the nation. Let's congratulate Missouri, Vermont, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia for comprehensive human trafficking laws! Also, Georgia and Tennessee's new laws have critical Safe Harbor components. Be sure to sign the petition to help Hawai'i get its very first human trafficking laws, and take a few seconds to...

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Newsletter: A Brand New View

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Dear Friend, Happy Spring! Despite the snow (!) we've been getting in NYC the last few days, everyone here at GEMS is filled with hope and excitement about the upcoming months and several of the great changes we've recently made. After a thorough renovation, our new office is up and running! For the last 10 years, the GEMS office has been a home for the girls and young women we serve, and we are excited to bless the revamped space with new memories and the people who make the office a home. Through the generosity of Perkins + Will Design firm and our many in-kind donors, GEMS' drop-in space perfectly reflects the great beauty and worth of every young woman and girl who walks...

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Newsletter: Survivors Seeking Change

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Dear Friend, Greetings! April has been a whirlwind month! I am sending this message from the west coast, where for the last week I have been having conversations about the importance of survivor- and community-led organizing and activism. These conversations have reinforced the GEMS principle that the only way to end the commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls and young women is to address the issues that perpetuate them, including racism, poverty, police brutality, and other forms of violence and oppression. And we must ensure that the most impacted, the most marginalized, are leading the fight! I'm happy to report that at the end of last month, GEMS members and staff met with NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to talk about importance of...

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