A Chance to Move Forward

When a young woman is rescued from human trafficking, the road to recovery is a long and challenging one for many – emotionally scared and broken from un-imaginable abuse. This is where the “Blessed” program steps in to fill a gap most NGO’s are unwilling to journey into. It’s tough, long work filled with lots of heart-break. However, it’s a journey these girls need to go through – and they need support. What happens for each girl broken from victimization is different from the next. And, it’s a path to recovery that may take 12 – 18 months. Sometimes longer.

Recently, 3 Blessed Project trainees met with their lawyer (from International Justice Mission) and a court official to prepare them for giving their testimony in court. Aside from reviewing their case, they were also toured around the court, so as to familiarize them and they will not be overwhelmed.

Rachel, Kat and May (names changed for privacy) will all testify against their mother who pushed them into exploitation.

Right after rescue, they were given immediate care in The Blessed House restoration center. Initially, they were going to stay in the center for only 3 months, but due the pandemic, there were delays on the legal processing of their case. After more than a year, they will finally get the chance to move forward.


Help support the girls at the Blessed House through the rehabilitation process, and bring restoration while they rebuild their lives.

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Happy to be Reunited

After the court’s decision on the OSEC case of Rachel, May and Kat (names changed for their privacy), our field partner in the Philippines, HONOR 1000, immediately worked on the final procedures of their reintegration from the Blessed House to the community.

We made sure to coordinate with local...




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Testify Against their Mother

We just received reports that after Rachel, May, Kat (names changed for privacy) testified against their mother in court, the judge convicted the accused guilty of trafficking her own children. This is such a roller coaster of emotions for our Blessed trainees: the anticipation, the relief that finally their legal case is moving forward, the nervousness,...




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Winning the Case Against Her Perpetrator

One of our reintegrated young women from the Blessed House in the Philippines, has won her case against her perpetrator! The judge convicted the accused guilty of trafficking and child pornography. He will be imprisoned for 15 years, as well as required to pay for moral damages to her. When Ria (name changed for privacy) was reintegrated, she received threats and...




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Blessed Project Family Therapy

One of the many ways we help Blessed Project Trainees in their reintegration is through family therapy. With the assistance of our social worker, we let the children and parents talk about their issues in the family that might have contributed to the children’s victimization.

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Young Woman Survivor Decides for Her Future

During her stay in the Blessed House, Mae (name changed for protection and privacy) was able to go to school. Though she was older than most of her classmates, she persevered and even finished a vocational course on cooking while also attending formal school.




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Preparation for Reintegration

The ultimate goal for survivors of human trafficking and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) at The Blessed Project is for them to be reintegrated to the community, or if possible, to their families. The main challenges for this process to happen are the unpreparedness of relatives to accept and care for the trainees, unsuitable environment within the community, and the slow legal process for those with ongoing cases.