World Hope International believes in God’s desire for freedom and justice for the oppressed, the downtrodden, the abused and exploited. We believe in mercy and compassion for the last, the least, and the lost. We believe in healing for the broken, in recovery and restoration for the victims of human trafficking and sexual predation.
These beliefs are our passion; they are the reasons why we work so hard every day to serve victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, and why we are committed to doing all we can to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place.
To learn more about WHI’s current anti-trafficking efforts, read the 2014 Anti-Trafficking Annual Report.
Since 2012, with financial support provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, WHI has been operating the Recovery Centre (RC) for Survivors of Human Trafficking which serves as the first stop on the path of restoration for victims removed from the horrors of labor and sex trafficking. By offering survivors of human trafficking a path towards healing through immediate and holistic aftercare services, the RC restores to survivors the opportunity to live lives of dignity and hope.
WHI has also played an instrumental role in drafting and revising Sierra Leone’s first law abolishing human slavery in-country; has a strong record as an effective catalyst for establishing anti-trafficking networks, having developed 58 Village Parent Groups (VPGs) around the country, all trained to identify and respond to human trafficking, and linked with local law enforcement; serves as a member of National TIP Task Force; and maintains excellent working relationships with key members of the national police and federal government ministries.
WHI responded to exceptionally high levels of sex trafficking and rape in Cambodia by opening the first and only Assessment Center for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation and Rape (AC) in Phnom Penh in June 2005. The AC began with two key components: security and assessment. Security keeps clients safe from themselves and their abusers during the initial volatile post-rescue phase, and thorough assessment of each individual client helps her to understand who she is and what she needs.
Since the program’s inception, WHI’s AC staff has cared for more than 1,000 survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and/or rape. The AC staff secures appropriate medical attention, legal aid and provides counseling services for girl victims. More than an aftercare center, it is the only facility in Cambodia that provides emergency, short-term care for survivors. Critically important case management, family tracing and assessment, and reintegration activities are a routine part of the AC’s programming and prevent unnecessary long-term institutionalization and ensure adequate care and protection of children. The innovative program has been cited as a “notable current practice,” “best practice,” and “gold standard” for aftercare not only in Cambodia but worldwide.
Human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation is prominent in Azerbaijan. Given its central location on the borders of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, men and boys from Azerbaijan are subjected to conditions of forced labor in places like Russia while women and children are sexually trafficked to countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, and Iran.
To address this situation, WHI began a Trafficking in Persons awareness and education campaign in Azerbaijan in 2009. WHI conducts anti-trafficking education and outreach campaigns to parents, teachers and students of all ages, specifically targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlements and low-income areas. WHI also facilitates Task Force trainings community members are equipped to form Community Parent Groups (CPGs). CPGs carry the anti-trafficking prevention work forward by educating others, assessing community needs and reporting suspicious activities to law enforcement officials.
Due to the socio-economic disparity between rural and urban communities, victims in Liberia are trafficked within the country, primarily from rural areas to urban areas for domestic servitude and sexual exploitation. Thanks to funding from the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (JTIP), WHI is launching a new program to combat TIP in Liberia. Titled the “Enhancing Trafficking in Persons Victim Services Program” the project is designed to provide short-term emergency shelter, holistic case management and reintegration assistance for up to 50 TIP victims. WHI will also be developing a national TIP Hotline for the potential identification of labor and sex trafficking victims or at-risk persons.
Hephzibah Children’s Home: Hope Haven
For more than a century Hephzibah Children’s Home (HCH) has been serving the needs of children and families who are homeless, orphaned, abused, and neglected. Its passion is driven by Christ’s command to “offer a cup of cold water” in Jesus’ name and to provide loving, caring, and professional service to those who are in need. “Hope Haven” is a new ministry created by HCH and WHI to securely house girls aged 12-17 who are survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, with a focus on the provision of trauma counseling, spiritual healing, life skills, education, and confidence-building. The program offers safe, secure, and undisclosed residential services for the safety of those it serves.
World Hope International is committed to mobilizing activists in the fight to end human trafficking both in the US and abroad. Learn how you can take action as an individual, a community or church member.
For more information on fighting human trafficking, please visit:
Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST)
WHI is a founding member of FAAST, which provides a framework for collaboration between Christian churches, denominations, universities and communities around the world who are rising up to confront human trafficking.
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State annually releases the Trafficking in Persons Report, the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. It also regularly grants funds to organizations fighting human trafficking around the world.
Vanguard University's Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ)
The GCWJ at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. GCWJ hosts a regular podcast that furthers the discussion about what human trafficking is and how to end it.
Listen to GCWJ’s podcast interview with WHI’s Director of Anti-Trafficking, Lisa Thompson.
Wesleyan Holiness Consortium Freedom Network
WHI is a member of The Wesleyan Holiness Consortium Freedom Network (FN), an affinity group of Christian ministries from the Wesleyan-Holiness faith tradition, which seeks to foster a collaborative approach to ending modern slavery by proclaiming a hopeful alternative and by engaging in smart, effective, sustainable action. The FN’s “Declaration for Freedom” is a seminal statement reminding members of the Consortium that the holiness of God reflected in us compels us to advocate for just and hopeful practices in all areas of life—including human trafficking.
Chab Dai means "joining hands" in Khmer. The coalition started in Cambodia in 2005 with a vision to bring an end to trafficking and sexual exploitation through coalition-building, community prevention, advocacy and research. WHI has been a longtime member of Chab Dai.