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Combating human trafficking and human exploitation by means of public awareness, practical prevention, restorative care and building domestic and international partnerships.


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RO Apparel Instagram Contest

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It is here. Our first ever IG contest. There’s three prizes for: co-founder favorite, most creative and most likes. You can enter on June 30 through August 6  until 11:59 p.m.  We’ll even allow two entries for the contest. Here’s how to enter:

1. Purchase a shirt from our RO Apparel, or use one you have bought previously.

2. Post a pic on Instagram with your RO Apparel shirt. Follow/tag RO Apparel on Instagram and use the hashtag #ROcontest in the description.

That’s it.

Contact press@restoreonelife.org if you have any questions (: Luck!

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No Future Plans? Good. Stay Calm & Keep Faith

By Nelli Agbulos, guest blogger. 

Nothing in my life has ever been properly planned.

I first became interested in anti-trafficking initiatives in my senior year of high school, when I wrote my first MLA research paper on street prostitution. The research I conducted on that paper led me to discover the connections and differences between street prostitution and human trafficking, particularly how prostitutes who became trafficked were unjustly treated by the law. I was saddened by what I had read, but also fired up to do something to help. From then on, in my spare time, I read reports on human trafficking from non-profit organizations and government agencies. I didn’t realize what I was doing would eventually become a major part of my life.

First year of university arrived and I’m caught in the excitement of frosh week and all things freshmen related. For one of my political science classes, I did a semester project on how street prostitution and sex trafficking were connected in Germany. Germany was the most random country I could have picked, and one that caused the most difficulty in researching information. I remember spending more hours on that semester project than my other school work. But that experience taught me to exhibit patience while researching, to think creatively in terms of problem solving, and to always go the extra mile. After all, human trafficking is a multi-faceted problem that doesn’t have the traditional “one size fits all” solution. It’s an issue that needs to come to light so it can be properly discussed and advocated for, particularly in terms of the gender construction placed upon by society. Since female sex trafficking is the most advocated type of human trafficking, it’s easy to forget about the 5% of male sex trafficking victims who are affected but rarely regarded.

The process for my involvement with anti-trafficking initiatives came about gradually, and it was the most unexpected thing that ever happened to me. I went through this serious phase thinking I was going to university as an art major, but a random (but life-changing) moment made me want to double major in Political Science and Women’s Gender Studies. This past spring semester, I collaborated with my school’s Community Center of Action and Research on a “Take Action! To End Human Trafficking” petition post card event for the International Justice Mission – and that started with a random tweet I sent them. I also conducted my first flyering event where I posted flyers around school in some of the common and unconventional places you could think of. I wouldn’t have done the flyering event if it wasn’t part of the final project for one of my classes, but still – this was again something that had happened by chance.

There were moments where I almost lost faith in what I was doing and even questioned why I was doing these things. When I volunteered at the “Take Action! To End Human Trafficking” petition event, I had a guy walk up to me and say “I really don’t care. Human trafficking doesn’t affect me at all.” I launched into an explanation of why it did matter, but he walked away from me without even letting me finish. Besides that being a completely rude gesture, this guy infuriated me to the point that in a weird way, he motivated me even more to stay involved in what I believed in. I have to thank that guy for his thoughtless comment since it served as a reminder to me as to why I choose to advocate for anti-trafficking initiatives – to fight injustice and to empower survivors to become involved in their fight for freedom.

I wasn’t joking when I said nothing in my life has ever been properly planned. I didn’t even introduce myself at the beginning of this post. The name’s Nelli, and I’m a blogger at The Anti-Trafficking Independence Project. Anti-trafficking initiatives set my heart on my fire and fuel my desire to work in the non-profit world and fight for justice. I have no idea how I’m going to make it there, but I’ll find a way. I just need to stay calm and keep faith. I also think of this quote from one of my favorite high school teachers whenever I get discouraged:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare  and not for evil,  to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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Q& A with intern & digital media maven, Zach Pomeroy

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You will be seeing a lot of multimedia coming from Restore One in the following months. Zach Pomeroy, who specializes in digital media is the man behind camera. Pomeroy will come alongside RO for a whole year too! Here’s a little about him, Q&A-style:

 What did you do previously when you volunteered with RO?I began volunteering at RO last summer. I started just by coming to the office hours that RO had every Friday. As I became more involved, I designed and put together the Email and Print Newsletters for RO. I continued designing the Newsletters throughout my senior year at UNCW.

What has happened in your life in the past year/since you were last in Greenville?Since last summer, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Specialization in Digital Media and a minor in Spanish. During my senior year, I co-led a Bible with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, I traveled to Swansea, Wales to shoot a promotional video for the Office of International Programs at UNCW

What will you be doing with RO this year? Have any goals? What are you most excited about?This year at RO, I will be a Communication Intern. I will shoot video updates from the staff, design email and print newsletters, manage the social media handles, and assisting with the BOY$ Documentary. Some of my goals include working with the BOY$ Documentary and learning how to make videos and run social media for a non-profit. I am most excited about working with such an incredible team.

 Fun facts? I love to travel and have been to three different countries Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Wales. Playing music is my favorite thing to do when I want to relax. I can’t stop listening to my favorite band Johnnyswim.


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Words from Genny. Summer intern.

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Guest post by intern Genevieve Parshely 

It is this kind of purposeful action in people in my generation that gives me courage and a hope that we will address and act on the things the Lord has placed on our hearts for our good and His glory. I am SO beyond excited to unofficially officially start my internship with Restore One! I am so thankful for how the Lord has brought me here and am already so inspired and grateful for the work my brothers and sisters have done through Christ as they work towards the goal of seeing sexual exploitation and trafficking eradicated!

I will admit, I am still nervous! Working for an organization like RO has been a dream of mine for quite some time now and I really don’t want to disappoint anyone. I am fearful that I won’t be good at or have the gifts for this thing that I profess to want to do with my entire life. What if I fail? What if I can’t think creatively enough, work hard enough, do enough, be…well, better?

And then I think, well, Genny, that’s not the kind of questions God created you to ask. In fact, I would wager He wants you to not ask any questions like that but to say with confidence that through Him all things are possible.

I am a daughter of a King! We are all children of a great kingdom. WHAT? I’M SORRY! To live in freedom is our birth right. To live without fear, abuse, slavery, hurt, or doubt is in our spiritual DNA. I have to believe this – I need to believe it. And the more I utter these truths to my self, I know that my soul with grow stronger and I can walk with more certainty and fearlessness will echo in every stride.

With this in mind, I will do everything I can, with all the gifts God has given me, to do His will on this earth and work towards a world no one has to fear for the safety of body, mind and soul – a world of complete freedom. My desire to pursue this isn’t because it’s a “cool thing to do.” It is not because it is a hot topic right now. This is NOT about me or any single person. I will run this race set before me because it is the Lord’s heart and because of that, it is mine too. Ours.

Will you join in the fight? Come on y’all – let’s do it.